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, the stories from the streets or the wide range of charity events we have throughout the year, here is the best place to keep up with the progress and funds that have been raised for the less fortunate in the UK

Tuesday, 7th February 2017

A very big well done to Derek Kewley who has won the Oxford Vendor of the Month Award for his brilliant hard work.

The Oxford Vendor of the Month Award has been running since August last year and serves to recognise and reward the progress our vendors have made towards social and financial inclusion over the previous month. 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.

Wednesday, 25th January 2017

We’ve just confirmed that The Big Issue Foundation’s seventh Big Sleep Out will be taking place at The Kia Oval, an international cricket ground in South London and one of the oldest and most historic stadiums in the world, and we’re looking for corporate sponsorship to make this event a huge success!

If you think your company could benefit from branding with our event, as well as in The Big Issue magazine, then do get in touch by emailing There will also be opportunities to get your staff involved and to speak about your company on the night.

Wednesday, 25th January 2017

The biggest event in The Big Issue Foundation’s event calendar – The Big Night Walk - is coming up on Friday 3rd March, and we are looking for lots of wonderful volunteers to help us at the event.

The Big Night Walk is a Friday night with a difference that helps to highlight the challenges facing people who are homeless. This a great opportunity for The Big Issue Foundation’s supporters to see the capital in a whole new light and hear from Big Issue vendors.

Tuesday, 10th January 2017 designated pitch on a station concourse provides a vendor with a chance to sell the magazine in an area of consistently high footfall, as well as offering a more sheltered and comfortable working environment. The Big Issue Foundation works with around 2,000 vendors per year. We work with vendors who face deep personal crisis. A prime and secure pitch at Network Rail acknowledges vendors’ dedication to their personal micro businesses. Big Issue vendors are visible and attentive in day to day station life and offer a warm welcome and an enhanced customer service experience to people arriving in the city of Birmingham.

Saturday, 7th January 2017

In a joint project between SIFA Fireside, The Big Issue and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust clients were given cameras and invited to take photos of homelessness and mental health, from their perspective, for a photography competition.

Tuesday, 3rd January 2017

As we move into 2017, we wanted to share some of the wonderful activities, events and inspiring stories that made last year so special for us. We have so much to reflect on from 2016, and here are just some of the amazing highlights we’d like to share with you.

Tuesday, 3rd January 2017

An unbelievable busy time at The Big Issue Foundation around the UK has seen education, awards, volunteering, photography and much much more.

Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Richard sells the Big Issue in Birchington-On-Sea and decided to fundraise for The Big Issue Foundation by growing a beard for the charity. Richard decided to do this activity to give something back to The Big Issue Foundation.

“If I hadn’t  got involved in The Big Issue when I did, I wouldn’t be here now’… I have a roof over my head again after many years of homelessness. “ You can read Richard’s full story here.

Monday, 19th December 2016

As part of our Christmas campaign designed and delivered for free by 21st Century Advertising agency Fold7, we are delighted to make our festive eCard available to everyone!

Tuesday, 6th December 2016

Last Friday night saw over 80 supporters travel down to St John’s Church in Waterloo, London, from all over the UK and beyond to take part in our fifth annual Big London Sleep Out. You can see pictures of the night in our photo gallery. The supporters spent their night on the cold floor of St John’s Church in order to omplete their fundraising challenge.

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