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, 31st December 2015

A very happy New Year from all at The Big Issue Foundation!

In the spirit of the fresh start that the New Year brings, we have plenty of challenges coming up in the South West that we would love you to get involved in. All the money raised by these events will go directly to helping us support our vendors on their journeys away from homelessness in the South West.

Tuesday, 22nd December 2015

As we move into 2016, we wanted to share some of the wonderful activities, events and inspiring stories that made this year so special for us. We have so much to reflect on from 2015, and here are just some of the amazing highlights we’d like to share with you.

Monday, 21st December 2015

It is with great sadness that we recently learnt of the sudden passing of our friend & inspirational artist Tagzee. Stuart was an enormously talented and open artist. His work transforming old pieces of discarded cardboard into amazing metal-like plaques was unique.

Stuart helped raise funds & awareness about the work of The Big Issue Foundation, shared his talents with emerging artists and encouraged & nurtured the artistic skills and abilities of other people with experiences of homelessness.

Friday, 18th December 2015

In November CJ de Mooi chose to put himself in a Big Issue vendors shoes for 5 days and nights; sleeping rough, unsupported, on the streets of London, and selling The Big Issue as his only form of income. Here he provides a moving insight into the mental and physical challenge he faced living a life that is the norm for many of our vendors, as well as explaining his motivations to raise a voice for the voiceless on the streets.

Friday, 18th December 2015

Big Issue vendor and Citizen Journalist André Rostant reviews Alexander Wright and director Tom Bellerby’s heart-warming, foot-stomping thoroughly beautiful production of A Christmas Carol.

Scrooge (brought to life by Al Barclay) looked around him with a strange, inexplicable dread: every bell in the house was ringing. It was Marley’s ghost (brought to very lively death by Jack Whitam) that had told us to ring them! As the spectre became apparent to Scrooge, so too did we, the host of phantoms that made up the audience upstairs at The Arts Theatre, Soho.

Thursday, 17th December 2015

As part of our Christmas campaign designed and delivered for free by 21st Century Advertising agency Fold7, we are delighted to make our festive eCard available to everyone!

Thursday, 3rd December 2015

Oxfords November Vendor of the Month has been awarding to Martin Fletcher. Rewarding vendor achievement in this way began in August to recognise the steps vendors are taking to social and financial inclusion. Previous winners are Steve, Derek and Phil. 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.

Tuesday, 1st December 2015

I’m not sure whether it’s the shock of that December has come round so quickly or working on a contract in the centre of London and seeing up close and personal just how many people are on the streets that has prompted me to want to donate my day rate to the Big Issue Foundation to help homeless people this Christmas.

That thought got me thinking, I have a vast network of fellow interim’s who I can hassle about donating their day rate between now and the 24th December 2015 to help somebody in need and then I thought what the hell cast the net as wide as possible and see if we can get as many people as possible to donate their day rate, contractors or permanent staff.

Monday, 30th November 2015

The Danish-born Photographer Magnus Arrevad has been regular contributor to Big Issue Foundation since his move to London.

Big Issue Foundation Chief Executive Stephen Robertson said “Magnus’s work is inspiring. He has covered a diverse range of activities for the Foundation. His insight, vision and capability as a professional photographer is second to none.”

Arrevad said “Since starting work with the Big Issue Foundation I have been consistently reminded about the energy, passion and humanity at play in the organization, in their supporters and within the vendors themselves.”

Friday, 27th November 2015

This has been an incredible November with our biggest Knitathon yet! Thank you to the countless knitters who hosted events up and down the country. Your contributions are vital in helping us support vendors in the run up to the festive period.

As we approach the end of Knitathon November we wanted to share some of the highlights of the month, as well as some updates:

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