An exciting new partnership was launched this week between Southampton FC and The Big Issue Foundation!
Serena Crisp, Head of Partnerships & Philanthropy for The Big Issue Foundation, was looking to expand our partnerships beyond the traditional corporate setting and sports seemed like an ideal field to create opportunities for Big Issue vendors as well as raise awareness for The Big Issue group. Serena was able to cultivate a relationship with Southampton Football Club which has led to an ongoing partnership with their charitable arm, the Saints Foundation.
Do you have a local Big Issue seller who brightens up your morning? A hardworking vendor who is out earning a living come rain or shine who you think should be recognised more?
We want to hear stories from across the UK of what makes your vendor special and unique. We want to build a great collection that will tell the nation how important these individuals are.
Last weekend, Weston-super-Mare celebrated its fourth annual Pride festival and the Big Issue Foundation were there to support this celebration of equality and diversity.
Two service brokers, Martha and Lewis, along with two vendors went along to support the LGBT+ community and set up a stall to raise awareness of the Big Issue and the Foundation, giving out information on our work and chatting with people about how they can support us.
This week, the House of Lords received some very special guests when Lord John Bird, Big Issue Founder, invited vendors from across the country to a special reception at Parliament.
The reception saw Big Issue vendors, staff, friends and supporters come together for an afternoon.
Big Issue founder and cross-bencher at the House of Lords John Bird has taken a fresh stand against one of the main causes of poverty this summer as he launched his private members only bill (The Credit Worthiness Bill) aimed at making reasonable credit more accessible for renters.
Last month The Big Issue Foundation acknowledged the success of the Roma drop-in service that began in early 2017 alongside our project partners SARI. By throwing a celebration dedicated to Roma culture, heritage and history we intended to acknowledge the incredible contributions to the community from Bristol’s Roma Population.
This week we offer a huge congratulations to Big Issue Foundation volunteer Gabi from Birmingham who won Rising Star Volunteer of the Year at the Birmingham Voluntary Service awards earlier this month! Here at The Big Issue Foundation we highly value our many volunteers who help out to support the foundation’s important work, which is why we like to celebrate their successes!
We are delighted by our collaboration with the Charles Dickens Museum. This is an uplifting blog by Emma King, of the Charles Dickens Museum, in reference to our partnership and surprise connections!
The Charles Dickens Museum and The Big Issue Foundation came together earlier this year to explore how we might work together. The Museum was preparing for a new exhibition – Restless Shadow: Dickens the campaigner (9th May- 29th October 2017) – highlighting Dickens’s journalism and his tireless work as a social reform campaigner.
This summer the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has teamed up with the Charles Dickens Museum to help raise awareness and funds for The Big Issue Foundation.
The award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a London landmark – a firm fixture of summer in the city, providing a cultural hub in the beautiful surroundings of a Royal Park. Established in 1932, the award winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is one of the largest theatres in London. Situated in the beautiful surroundings of a Royal Park, both its stage and auditorium are entirely uncovered.