Vendor Stories

June Fullerton’s story

My name is Jane Fullerton, I’m 59 and I’ve been a Big Issue vendor since November 2011. I first heard about The Big Issue when John Bird was talking about it on the radio. My husband had passed away a year earlier, I was living on my own, I was unemployed, and I thought: do I or don’t I? I decided to go for it, and I haven’t looked back since.

Martin Clarkson’s Story

I’ve been selling the magazine in the Clifton area for the past few years now. It’s a really nice part of the city – lots of big houses. Before than I sold the mag in Plymouth and Cardiff – I moved around quite a lot during my time sleeping rough on the streets.

Allan’s Story

I’ve been selling the magazine in Inverness for the past few years. I’ve worked really hard to build up the pitch and a loyal clientele. It’s all about communicating with people and building a rapport, and I really have to thank my customers for supporting me. I’ve had some mental health problems to try to overcome, and selling The Big Issue has been a big stabilizing influence on my life.

Richard’s Story

Richard sells the Big Issue in Birchington-On-Sea and has decided to fundraise for The Big Issue Foundation by growing a beard for the charity. Richard decided to do this activity to give something back to The Big Issue Foundation.

“If I hadn’t  got involved in The Big Issue when I did, I wouldn’t be here now’.

Carlos Gonzalez Perez

Born in Spain and living in London.

Since my childhood, I have been searching for other ways of seeing, travelling extensively, always trying to learn from my interactions with new people and new environments.

This way of life led me to photography and my photographic style. It has allowed me to get closer to communities and subjects that are important to me.

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.

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