Here you can read all the latest fundraising and charity news from The Big Issue Foundation, keeping you up to date with our charity work to help people who are homeless across the UK. Whether it’s a message from our CEO, or the voice of someone that actually spent time sleeping rough on the streets, here you can read all the latest from The Big Issue Foundation.

We run a wide range of charity events throughout the year, so here is the best place to keep up with the progress and funds that have been raised for the less fortunate in the UK. If you are considering volunteering for The Big Issue Foundation, then here you can also see some of the ways that people have raised money in the past to get people off the streets.

Stories from those who have been unfortunate enough to live on the street are also posted here, helping to give you an insight into the difficulties that our Big Issue vendors are faced with every day.

If you are inspired by any of the stories found here, why not donate to The Big Issue Foundation today? There is a range of ways that your money can be used to help those who are homeless across the UK take control of their lives.

Tuesday, 6th October 2015

As we develop new and exciting methods of communicating with our supporters we want to make sure we are informed by your experience. Your opinions are crucial in helping us to make the right decisions about developing our work.

If you could spare 10 minutes to complete our supporter questionnaire, we would be very grateful.

Monday, 23rd November 2015

After making its debut in the United Kingdom in 2014, #GivingTuesday – a global day dedicated to the celebration of giving - is back for another year. On Tuesday, 1 December 2015, people around the world will be online and  on social media to raise awareness and money for the work charities do. This global day of giving is a chance to give back amidst the frenzy of Christmas consumerism. Last year, over 180 million was involved in #GivingTuesday online.

Friday, 20th November 2015

Making a living is just the beginning – Foreword from our CEO

When someone walks through the door of one of our offices they will be facing many issues. Extreme social and financial exclusion of course means that individuals will be highly likely to experience periods of homelessness. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. What would you do if you faced such challenges?

Friday, 20th November 2015

It’s all happening at The Big Issue, with vendors getting jobs, taking NVQ’s and looking to improve their health and well being. Thanks to our teams in the regions they have summarised all the amazing things that have been happening since Spring.

Monday, 16th November 2015

The festive season is almost here! It brings much to look forward to - well earned time off, plenty of food and a chance to share special moments with our families. However, the seasonal festivities for our Big Issue vendors are also a harsh reminder of the things that they may have lost: their home, their family and perhaps even their sense of self. Your support is vital at this time of year and that’s why we’ve put together a number of events over the festive period to help raise vital funds to support our vendors this Christmas.

There’s lots of ways you can get involved today!

Friday, 13th November 2015

Hobbycraft stores all over the UK will be hosting a Big Knitathon tomorrow (14th November 2015) in aid of The Big Issue Foundation

Go along to your local store and join them between 11am-1pm to be part of this exciting event. If you are new to knitting, learn the basics of knitting in return for a small donation, if you're an experienced knitter they’d love for you to join them for two hours of charity knitting all to support Big Issue vendors up and down the country.

Friday, 13th November 2015

Steve Trigg has won Octobers Oxford’s Vendor Achievement of the Month Award. This award, inaugurated in August of the year serves to recognise and reward the progress our vendors have made towards social and financial inclusion over the last month, previous winners include vendors Phil and Derek. Winners are selected according to: general good conduct, attitude and commitment; efforts to improve sales; positive public feedback; and progress towards personal goals. Each month the staff team in Oxford consider candidates against these criteria when deciding on a winner.

Thursday, 12th November 2015

Meet the Scottish Women’s Institute’s two Big Knitters! Anne and Jane Muirhead are knitting experts who are determined to encourage all members – from novices to seasoned professionals– to pick up their knitting needles for the month of November. They’re on hand to answer any of your knitting queries, whilst getting others involved by attending our Big Knitathon events.

Monday, 9th November 2015

We’re delighted to announce that the Scottish Women’s Institute (SWI) will be joining the Big Knitathon this month and picking up their knitting needles to make a difference to the lives of Big Issue vendors in Scotland.

As Scotland’s largest women’s organisation, and with many members’ talented sewers and knitters, we’re hoping that this year’s Knitathon will be the biggest and best to date with up to 17,000 members of the SWI getting involved with the campaign.

Thursday, 5th November 2015

We’re delighted to announce the launch of The Big London Night Walk for 2016! You can register now to join us and take vital steps to support our vendors in March next year.

The event will bring up to 350 people together to walk the 20km route and raise funds for The Big Issue Foundation. This year the event will finish at St John’s Church, Waterloo, which is home to one of The Big Issue magazines distribution points and a night shelter in the winter.

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