We are happy to announce that our CEO Stephen Robertson will be speaking at the 4th TEDxCourtauldInstitute conference set out to unravel the theme of Connections.
Here you can read all the latest fundraising and charity news from The Big Issue Foundation. Keep up to date with our charity work to help people overcome the poverty of their situations, escape the streets and journey towards a better life. 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 and the work that you enable us to undertake.
On the evening of Friday 3rd March 2017, over 300 walkers and Big Issue vendors gathered at St John’s Church in Waterloo to take on The Big Night Walk, a 20km night-time walk around the capital.
Walkers were welcomed by fantastic volunteers, Big Issue vendors and Big Issue Foundation staff to the church to collect their maps and jackets, whilst listening to the beautiful sound of London City Voices Choir. Walkers were prepped for the night ahead with snacks generously donated from 9Bar, which were quickly snapped up, along with plenty of cakes, biscuits and Graze goodies kindly donated by City Harvest.
We’re happy to report that on January 27th Bob Blackman MP's Homelessness Reduction Bill passed its final test in the House of Commons moving us all one step forward in the right direction.
For the sixth year running, rough sleeping statistics show a significant rise in the number of people living on the streets: last year, the figure was 3,569; this year it stands at 4,134. While a quarter of rough sleepers were in London, after Westminster the highest numbers of rough sleepers were in cities outside the capital: Brighton and Hove, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.
A very big well done to Derek Kewley who has won the Oxford Vendor of the Month Award for his brilliant hard work.
The Oxford Vendor of the Month Award has been running since August last year and serves to recognise and reward the progress our vendors have made towards social and financial inclusion over the previous month. Winners are selected according to: general good conduct, attitude and commitment; efforts to improve sales; positive public feedback; and progress towards personal goals. Each month the staff team in Oxford consider candidates against these criteria when deciding on a winner.
We’ve just confirmed that The Big Issue Foundation’s seventh Big Sleep Out will be taking place at The Kia Oval, an international cricket ground in South London and one of the oldest and most historic stadiums in the world, and we’re looking for corporate sponsorship to make this event a huge success!
If you think your company could benefit from branding with our event, as well as in The Big Issue magazine, then do get in touch by emailing email@example.com. There will also be opportunities to get your staff involved and to speak about your company on the night.
The biggest event in The Big Issue Foundation’s event calendar – The Big Night Walk - is coming up on Friday 3rd March, and we are looking for lots of wonderful volunteers to help us at the event.
The Big Night Walk is a Friday night with a difference that helps to highlight the challenges facing people who are homeless. This a great opportunity for The Big Issue Foundation’s supporters to see the capital in a whole new light and hear from Big Issue vendors.
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/stations/birmingham-new-street/A designated pitch on a station concourse provides a vendor with a chance to sell the magazine in an area of consistently high footfall, as well as offering a more sheltered and comfortable working environment. The Big Issue Foundation works with around 2,000 vendors per year. We work with vendors who face deep personal crisis. A prime and secure pitch at Network Rail acknowledges vendors’ dedication to their personal micro businesses. Big Issue vendors are visible and attentive in day to day station life and offer a warm welcome and an enhanced customer service experience to people arriving in the city of Birmingham.
In a joint project between SIFA Fireside, The Big Issue and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust clients were given cameras and invited to take photos of homelessness and mental health, from their perspective, for a photography competition.
As we move into 2017, we wanted to share some of the wonderful activities, events and inspiring stories that made last year so special for us. We have so much to reflect on from 2016, and here are just some of the amazing highlights we’d like to share with you.