Vendor Stories

Stan's Story

Former Big Issue vendor Stan shares his story on his personal journey forward & helping others to help themselves.

I'm working from home today, sitting in my lounge which is part cinema, part office. Settling down to write this piece, I'm surrounded by creature comforts, a projector (my boys toy) shining brightly, flashing images of 1990's pop music, a mug of coffee steaming on the table and a cigarette burning away in the ashtray. It's not the first time the place where I lived has doubled up with a place where I work.

Ed’s Story

Ed has been awarded Bournemouth office’s vendor of the year 2015.

This award recognises all of Ed’s achievements throughout the year and his time as a vendor.

Martin's Story

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.

Amy’s Story

When Amy Stevens secured a prime pitch at Euston Train Station it was a reward for the time she spent battling through job loss and homelessness. But she is now ready for the next leg of her journey.

Steve's Story

Steve Trigg has won Octobers Oxford’s Vendor Achievement of the Month Award. This award, inaugurated in August of the year serves to recognise and reward the progress our vendors have made towards social and financial inclusion over the last month, previous winners include vendors Phil and Derek. 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.

Ian's Story

It’s been a long year for me with some highs and lows the high was starting my social enterprise ‘Duff Cooks’ and the lows the death of my father.

I started ‘Duffcook’s as a means to give something back. It is a social enterprise that will help the homeless and long term unemployed learn how to cook the basics and how to eat to feel good .The idea is a simple one, I offer an at home catering service and monies earned through this help me to teach people to cook. So far I have run several drop-in sessions with the help of DHI Project which have proved popular but I want to expand on that to reach out to more people and set up a more established work shop.

Derek's Story

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.

Sammy's Story

This is Sammy and he is 22

He is taking part in our Vendor Development Programme with a law firm in central London, where the vendor goes into the workplace and sells the magazine one day a week. This is also a chance for Sammy to work with a mentor at the law firm who will guide him through training as part of the project.

Terry's Story

I needed to get my life back on track.

I found myself homeless for a long period, stuck living in a hostel. I felt like I needed to get my life back on track and thought becoming a Big Issue Vendor would allow me to do so. I also thought it would be a good way to meet and talk to some new people.

I have a good number of stories as a Big Issue vendor. I got to meet Russell Brand and even the Dalai Lama! Once I got to meet Stephen Fry when he was filming a TV programme about the city. A picture of us even ended up in the magazine! That was a nice momento.

Phil’s Story

“I’m made up that after 20 years, I have my full licence.”

Congratulations to Phil who has won the Vendor Achievement Award in Oxford for his continued excellent customer relations and his hard work towards his goals. The award of a £20 gift voucher and certificate were presented by Sergeant Miriam Purple of Thames Valley Police at the end of the sales and money themed fortnight. The Sales and Money Fortnight is one of three themed events in Oxford; the others are Aspirations and Health Weeks. During these weeks there are various different opportunities to engage with other services in the local area.

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