It is the ‘job’ of this newsletter to illustrate the value, stories and outcomes of your concrete support. Through your commitment we seek to build frameworks that allow people to earn, to address and reduce income inequalities and establish networks to increase housing stability, personal health and wellbeing and education and employment opportunities. It is a journey of change and we are proud to walk it together.
This newsletter highlights how we seek to reduce the barriers that make the journey harder. Be it the reduction of language barriers, employment barriers or simply being seen as available for new opportunity; Big Issue vendors are at work in our communities and are part of our communities. The support that comes from this can so frequently be transformative.
The journeys of featured vendors Dave and Ken have both been aided by their experiences and people around them as they work. The confidence and self-esteem gained along the way has helped ready and steady them for more. You will read how the support of the Birmingham New Street Network Rail team helped Ken secure new work in the construction industry and move on from his Big Issue career. I think everyone would agree with me when I say that that is something we must build on!
Your gifts have such real value, all the more so because we are not funded from sales of The Big Issue magazine. This newsletter is here by way of recognition and illustration of the ‘work’ that takes place as a result of the actions of our supporters.
My thanks to each and every person who takes action, supports vendors through buying magazines and understands and sees the value that a gift can bring to our Charity.
Thank you one and all.
CEO – The Big Issue Foundation
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