Jack’s Story – Jumping out of a Plane for The Big Issue Foundation

Friday 11th January 2013 changed my life forever.  It was on this awful day my brother Wayne, along with his friend Ian were killed in Birmingham City Centre.  Wayne and Ian had simply been out selling their Big Issues when they were attacked.

My brother was a happy person and intent on putting his life back on track turning to the Big Issue Foundation for the opportunity to earn his own money.   Without organisations like the Big Issue Foundation the people who are homeless can be seen as a burden to society and people are often overlooked and not treated as the human beings they are.  Now I feel it’s my turn to give something back.


Bath vendors brush up on customer service skills at college

Four Big Issue sellers have achieved NVQ qualifications at the City of Bath college to prove they really are something to shout about.

A group of Big Issue sellers in Bath have gone back to school – to brush up on their customer service skills.

Four vendors have achieved a Level 2 NVQ qualification in customer service in the workplace at the City of Bath College. With the aim of building on their business and communication skills, Steve Ellis, Cathal Quinn, Brian Jones and Jon Brown (left to right in picture) spent around seven months completing the NVQ.

“We don’t have a shop front, we have to attract the customers ourselves to get sales,” said Brian, 48, a familiar face in Bath who sells the magazine near McDonalds.


Stik Poster competition

The winner has been announced. The Big issue had nearly one hundred entries to the competition. Thank you to everyone who supported this unique collaboration.

The Big Issue Foundation is happy to announce that Juan Miguel Sánchez is the lucky winner of a signed non-folded ‘Look’ Stik print.

Juan has shared his story of how he got his four posters.


Rob’s Story

I began volunteering with The Big Issue last October.  I had seen an advert asking for volunteers while I was working on the Olympics in…


Here We Are

London Graphic Centre launches Big Issue ‘Street Lights’ exhibition – curated by Andrew Jeffery from London Graphic Centre and Emma Field from The Big Issue.

'Here We Are' is an exhibition of work by people who have been, and some who still are homeless, brought together through the Big Issue's ‘Street Lights’ project.

On display in the entrance space at the Covent Garden store are ten pieces ranging in style across painting, illustration and collage. The work is incredibly expressive and much thought and skill is exhibited here.


Coming Up From The Streets

Stik’s Big Issue/Big Issue Foundation project has ‘opened eyes’ across the country.

World renowned Street Artist Stik’s project has reached out and touched the lives of 100’s of people across the country. Deliberately cutting out the art dealer, his limited edition posters have only been available through the hands of Big Issue vendors. Formerly homeless himself, he set out to give something back to the homeless community. As soon as they hit the streets, the comments started coming in…


Confidence Building and Cookery Workshops in Southampton

Vendors in Southampton have recently attended 6 weekly workshops on the theme of Confidence Building and Independence Skills.

These workshops followed the success of a ‘Budget Healthy Eating Workshop’ organised as part of Health Week in November 2012.

Pula from Training for Work in Communities led the workshops, which were held in the dining room of Two Saints Homeless Day Centre.

The trainer began the sessions focussing on the practical life skill of cookery. Each week, she taught the vendors a different recipe, from vegetable curry to strawberry and chocolate chip scones. She used this opportunity to discuss nutrition with the vendors and to give them tips to improve the nutritional content of their diet.


‘Recovery event in Camden, London’

Volunteers and Vendors went to a promotional event at the Camden Recovery Centre this week. The Big Issue was promoted to give those going through recovery more of an idea of what we at The Big Issue are about and some of the things we can offer. Vendors Jerry & Ron, volunteers Margo & Katie and TBI staff member Heydell felt the day was a great success, making a very positive impact on those who attended.

"A very eye-opening and interesting afternoon to hear about so many success stories of overcoming drugs and alcohol addictions. And it was also very inspiring to see many key workers working to make a difference in the Camden area."
Margo – Volunteer


Big Issue and Stik is the leading video magazine for contemporary-culture covering the latest developments and key trends across art, design, fashion, food & travel.

They have documented Stik’s amazing initiative to launch, for free, unique posters distributed within The Big Issue magazine, available for one week commencing the 11th of March.

There are four versions of the poster to collect. Stephen Robertson, CEO of the Big Issue Foundation “This is Stik’s brainchild. The concept is so in keeping with our aims and objectives. To get a print, and even the set, fans will have to talk to vendors and buy their magazines. Big Issue vendors are frequently the recipients of negative stereotypes and prejudice. Stik has created a stunning piece of work and the opportunity to see homeless people in a different light; as ‘art dealers’ and brokers of creativity on the streets of our country. This is art at work in a way that we have never seen”


Robyn’s Story

Robyn Mather Volunteer Co-ordinator in Bristol I had never done any volunteering before joining the team in Bristol. But after being shown what to do…