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.

Friday, 2nd October 2015

On the weekend of 19 September, I had the privilege of joining 11 other volunteers on a sponsored bicycle ride from London’s Olympic Park to Amsterdam. We set off shortly after 8am.

Nobody told me there were mountains in Essex! Fumbling with unfamiliar gears on the bike generously lent to me by fellow vendor, Gary, I met with a law of diminishing returns from the first hill out of London - the more furiously I pedalled, the slower I went until it was faster to get off and walk. What I am told are rolling, gentle undulations of virtually flat Essex seemed to me like Alpine passes. So despite setting off first on the grid, in the yellow jersey - pole position - after each stop, I trundled in around 15 minutes behind everybody else, to cheers and applause at the next. Foxes, squirrels, various birds, hedgehogs - a cat - there seemed no end to the variety of charming little animals we encountered squashed on Britain’s country roads but, luckily, the bulk of our cycling was done on quieter lanes.

Wednesday, 23rd September 2015

After 8 years of hosting an annual London to Paris ride, last weekend The Big Issue Foundation switched cities and welcomed a team of fit fundraisers to ride to Amsterdam! If you’d like to see photos from the challenge take a look at our London to Amsterdam photo gallery.

The team of 12 gathered together at 7.30am on Saturday morning at Timber Lodge Café in Queen Elizabeth Park, and with the Olympic Velodrome in sight they set off on their way to achieving their own personal biking bests!   Thanks to the early start the first few miles were relatively traffic free, but as the team peddled into mid-morning the drivers provided an added aspect to the challenge on some of Essex’s roads!  Crossing the M25 and finally away from London the riders got to know each other a little more over the first morning break in beautiful Blackmore, and the scenery from there to Harwich was just stunning.

Tuesday, 25th August 2015

“Minds are like parachutes – they only function when they open” – Author unknown.

Around June time this year my sister decided we needed to challenge ourselves – we had recently completed a 90 day Warrior Journey which had included challenges – and she came up with the idea of doing a charity skydive. I wasn’t too keen at first, however she insisted she was going to do one so in the end I agreed to join in!

Thursday, 13th August 2015

“I’m made up that after 20 years, I have my full licence.”

Congratulations to Phil who has won the Vendor Achievement Award in Oxford for his continued excellent customer relations and his hard work towards his goals. The award of a £20 gift voucher and certificate were presented by Sergeant Miriam Purple of Thames Valley Police at the end of the sales and money themed fortnight. The Sales and Money Fortnight is one of three themed events in Oxford; the others are Aspirations and Health Weeks. During these weeks there are various different opportunities to engage with other services in the local area.

Tuesday, 11th August 2015

Supporters from across the south of England battled train troubles on Friday night to take part in our fourth Big Sleep Out London. You can see pictures of the night in our photo gallery. To give the night a really alternative feel, the Sleep Out was hosted in a private Victorian railway arch at Beaconsfield.  Due to the old structure of the arch, which has been closed off at both ends, the temperature is always cool and the air is a little heavy. This made sleeping out in there a little more challenging than the other option of sleeping in the open air in their yard! If you’d like to be kept up to date with plans for next year’s event then click here.

Tuesday, 4th August 2015

Since May of 2013 I've had the wonderful privilege of being employed by The Big Issue Foundation (a registered charity), working in the fundraising department raising funds and awareness about the incredible work that we do to support individuals across the UK to encourage and enable them to progress in their journeys’ away from homelessness.

Selling The Big Issue magazine provides some of the most excluded people in society with a unique opportunity to take some control of their lives and earn a legitimate income. However, The Big Issue Foundation was established and continues to operate in recognition of the fact that while vending the magazine often serves as a crucial first step in helping the homeless and vulnerably housed to effect and sustain an element of routine and self-discipline into their lives, they usually need more holistic, targeted support if they are to successfully (re)integrate into mainstream society.  

Tuesday, 4th August 2015

Matthew Nesbeth is a self shooting Director/Producer with a social conscience. He is strong believer that films and media can help inspire and change the way we think about things. Here’s why he has made four short films about Big Issue vendors.

“I first approached the Big Issue after meeting several of the vendors and staff at a bonfire night event in Bath last year. Afterward, I thought it would be a great idea to volunteer my services as a filmmaker. I had a growing interest in projects about the social environment and above all people from all walks of life, so I figured this would be a good starting point.

Thursday, 30th July 2015

Sean, A Big Issue seller from Oxfordshire is heading to London to take part in The Big Sleep Out to support his fellow Big Issue vendors across the country.

Sean is no stranger to sleeping rough and was recently housed in Chipping Norton. He plans to abandon his bed for a night to support The Big Issue Foundation and will be joining supporters to bed down in a railway arch in Vauxhall, London.

Whatever the weather on the day, this atmospheric venue will be cool, dark and different and there will be rumblings of trains above while participants sleep. Whilst this night can by no means compare to the reality of sleeping rough or living on the streets, it will challenge the comfort zone of those taking part.

Wednesday, 29th July 2015

There’s only one more week to register for our The Big Issue Foundation’s exciting summer events. Whether it’s cycling or sleeping, we have the challenge for you that will help support more Big Issue vendors across the country.

Tuesday, 21st July 2015

On Saturday 13th of June The Big Noise Festival went up a level to the Coronet in London. [RE]:Doc’s short film highlights the wonderful time that was had by everyone.

The Big Noise Festival is an annual, volunteer led event featuring art, poetry, music, dancers & much much more. We would like to thank everyone involved in whatever capacity for helping make 2015’s event so special.

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