Stephen Robertson, CEO of The Big Issue Foundation kindly took some time out of his day to chat to Melita, co-producer of ‘Sleeping Rough‘, about homelessness, what everyday people can do to help and what he thinks of our concept. Take a look at what he had to say…
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
We are here to help people climb up from rock bottom – Foreword for our CEO, Stephen Robertson
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’, an old playground response to verbal bullying; a brave retort to those who wish to put you down, to punish you for something that comes from perceived difference and fear.
Too frequently these differences stem from poverty, no money and poor life experiences leading to poor choices, addictions and mental health challenges, obstacles that can often mean that the only way is down.
Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday is #givingTuesday! A chance to give something back after all that shopping! And it’s a day that reminds everyone it’s good to give – and encourages people to come together and share the goodwill.
That’s why this year, we’re asking supporters like you to get involved in #givingtuesday, by supporting our Winter appeal which features Big Issue vendor Paul, who will be going back to Leicester to spend Christmas with my family for the 1st time in over two years.
On Saturday 12th November, Hobbycraft stores all over the UK hosted a Big Knitathon in aid of The Big Issue Foundation.
Hobbycraft stores held knitting and crocheting sessions throughout the day, for a donation, as well as hosting cake sales for the charity.
Friday the 28th saw progress being made towards some much needed landmark legislation aimed at reducing homelessness.
Bob Blackman's Homelessness Reduction Bill passed its crucial second reading in the House of Commons, without a single vote against it…
If passed, the bill place a new duty on councils to prevent the homelessness of anyone eligible for assistance within 56 days, regardless of their “priority need” status. Single people are not typically regarded as priority need by local authorities.
Big Issue vendor Rose has always loved knitting and decided this year was the time to use her skills and knowledge of online knitting communities to get involved and give something back to help other Big Issue vendors.
Rose has been spreading the word about The Big Knitathon on knitting website Ravelry and has even started her own group which she would love people to join here.
Hobbycraft stores all over the UK will be hosting a Big Knitathon day on Saturday 12th November in aid of The Big Issue Foundation and you’re invited.
Go along to your local store and join them between 10am-3pm to be part of this exciting event. Activities will vary depending on the store, but there will be a Big Knitathon area with workshops and activities taking place throughout the day, along with the opportunity to make a donation to The Big Issue Foundation.
We are also encouraging knitters to bring along knitted items that they have created as there will be an area where these can be sold for a donation in the store throughout the day.
‘Street Spirit’: The Big Issue Foundation has partnered with SIFA Fireside and Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust to observe World Homelessness Day.
To acknowledge World Homeless Day, Big Issue vendors in Birmingham participated in ‘Street Spirit’ a photo competition which gave vendors the opportunity to illustrate through the power of photography their day to day lives vending on the streets of Birmingham.
Big Issue Foundation CEO has taken part in many of our challenges, but a particular favourite was his London to Paris challenge.
In 6-months, Team TBIF will be getting on their bikes and cycling 300 miles from London to Paris, and you could be joining them!
“On Friday the 25th of November I'm taking part in our Big Sleep Out. I hope to have raised £2,000 towards The Big Issue Foundation's work with our vendors by the start of the event. Please put your money where your heart is and sponsor me if you can. Thank you”