We have just launched our Summer Appeal in hope to make it a summer to remember for over 1,600 Big Issue vendors across the UK. The appeal is calling on supporters to invest in a Big Issue vendor today to empower them to reach their goals and aspirations for the future. Be it a place to call home, overcoming actions, returning to education, gaining employment, starting a new business or reconnecting with society, family and loved ones.
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
Within the last few months we have hosted Vendor Day experiences for Freshfields, RBS, CEB Global, Dunnhumby and Wellcome Trust. Our vendor days offer unique opportunities for participants to experience our work, meet our people and understand our approach, which often prompts them to reflect on their own prior judgments and perceptions.
The Utopia Fair took place in Somerset House in June in order to celebrate the diverse cultures of the 21st century and the collective community we have all across the UK. The areas represented at the fair included places such as New Castle, Scotland, Sheffield, Brighton, Merthyr Tydfil and Doncaster. A collection of stalls were set up to share a little taste of each culture and spread the range of lifestyles across the public.
You can now take a first look at the trailer for the film A Street Cat Named Bob, based on the international best-selling novel by author and ex-big issue vender James Bowen.
Baths Vendor of the Month has been awarding to Lloyd ‘Posty’ Rusdale.
Posty has been a vendor since June 2015. He sells on one of our outside pitches in Marlborough and is a familiar sight on the high street with his big beautiful dog Scooby.
Bath vendor and Chef Ian Duff’s social enterprise Duff Cooks provided a fantastic buffet for a birthday party at St Mary’s the Virgin in Bathwick last weekend.
The buffet party was to celebrate the 70th birthday of Peter Graham, who contacted Duff Cooks after seeing Ian’s recent interview on BBC Points West. Peter said “I have been receiving thank you emails all day and everybody has commented on the good buffet.”
Year on year we capture the service highlights from our front line team which draws special attention to their personal and emotional experiences regarding what struck them the most during the year. Each step that each vendor takes in their journey away from homelessness represents a huge achievement.
On Friday 25th November we are hosting The Big Sleep Out, your opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and get a glimpse of the cold and uncomfortable realities of sleeping rough.
A little while back we put a call out for anyone who could donate a bike Big Issue vendor, Pat. This was so that he could fulfil his dream of taking part in our London to Amsterdam Cycle Challenge. Pat manages the distribution point at Oxford Circus and has supported the Big Issue Foundation at lots of our events, including London Marathon fundraising events and walking the Big Night Walk twice to share his story.