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.

Thursday, 5th November 2015

We’re delighted to announce the launch of The Big London Night Walk for 2016! You can register now to join us and take vital steps to support our vendors in March next year.

The event will bring up to 350 people together to walk the 20km route and raise funds for The Big Issue Foundation. This year the event will finish at St John’s Church, Waterloo, which is home to one of The Big Issue magazines distribution points and a night shelter in the winter.

Monday, 2nd November 2015

Birthdays are things to be celebrated generally in life, and The Big Issue Foundation certainly embraced celebrating theirs as they marked turning 20 years old in October! The charity, which provides support and guidance to Big Issue sellers, held an energetic evening of entertainment and inspiration in a venue just meters from their office in Vauxhall.  The evening was a wonderful success and after costs raised £12,400 for the charity’s work. To see photos of the event visit our photo album on Facebook.

Thursday, 29th October 2015

This year The Big Issue Foundation is delighted to be helping Scrooge to be charitable!  Thanks to the brilliant support of the team behind A Christmas Carol every ticket purchased for the performance at The Arts Theatre quoting the code “BIGISSUE” will generate a donation of £5 to The Big Issue Foundation, and will give you a £5 discount on the ticket too!  They will also be doing a bucket collections after each performance and providing an opportunity for donations to be made alongside ticket purchases, in place of a booking fee.

Tuesday, 27th October 2015

After almost 15 years at our Vauxhall Head Office in London, the distribution & services team have moved to new premises in Finsbury Park.

New recruits will now be served by the team at 222 Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3NX. Anyone new to The Big Issue will be welcomed to our new home to be badged up, get some support and, of course, receive their first 5 free copies of the magazine, to set them on the road to becoming a small business person.'

Tuesday, 27th October 2015

Join the Big Issue Foundation for the biggest cycling event in London on Sunday 31st July. TBIF have received excellent feedback from cycling participants this year, who all said they had an excellent experience of riding and fundraising for The Big Issue Foundation. Sign up and join Team TBIF for Ride London-Surrey 100 2016.

Take part in RideLondon, with over 25,000 cyclists riding alongside you on the 100 mile route. Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the ride starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside, finishing in The Mall in central London. With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it's a truly spectacular event for all involved.

Wednesday, 14th October 2015

John Bird has been appointed as a crossbencher to the House of Lords, and will work for "social opportunity and social justice"

The Big Issue is delighted to announce that its founder, John Bird, has been appointed to the House of Lords as an independent working Peer in recognition of his work as the social entrepreneur who launched The Big Issue magazine, The Big Issue Foundation and Big Issue Invest.

As a crossbencher John Bird will owe no allegiance to any political party and will be free to take part in legislative debates free of the constraints of party considerations and consensus politics.

Tuesday, 13th October 2015

Since our appeal launched in July we have worked with over 1,425 Big Issue vendors, 27 of them have been able to reach their personal aspirations with support from our Service Brokers like Sam Grief.

A gift of just £30.00 can support Big Issue Vendors to achieve their aspirations. Big Issue vendor David wanted to compete in the Bristol to Bath Full Marathon, but couldn’t afford the entrance fee (£58.30). He has run various shorter races this year, including Bristol Half Marathon, in which he did very well. The training and discipline required to participate in competitive running has enabled David to move away from long-term addiction and focus on his physical and mental health. Since getting clean, David has started to spend more time with his young daughter, who now attends all of his races to cheer for her dad. In May 2015 David applied to our Vendor Support Fund to apply for funds to obtain a place at the marathon, he had been able to save through his magazine sales his contribution towards his place (50/50 split) of £29.15. Thanks to our donors David is now running in this year’s Bristol to Bath Marathon on the 25th of October.

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, 22nd September 2015

A very big well done to Derek Doggett who has won the September Vendor Achievement Award in Oxford for his brilliant hard work. The Oxford Vendor of the Month Award has been running for two months, after it was inaugurated in August. Derek is our second winner. The award 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.

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