Homelessness and rough sleeping is on the increase. The recession continues to threaten the livelihoods and future prospects of far too many people. We work with the most disadvantaged and excluded individuals in the land; people who have lost more than it is comfortable to imagine: their homes, their families and their sense of themselves in the world. Despite these grim facts, the theme of this newsletter is about the hope that springs from participation. Taking part in something is being part of something. This message comes through to us again and again. Our vendors work right in the heart of the community; The Big Issue is their business. For us ‘inclusion’ extends way beyond pure magazine sales, as you will see from the articles in this newsletter. Our vendors are passionate about giving something back themselves.
This newsletter profiles a vendor who is providing translation services for foreign vendors, it showcases photography, poetry, a cartoon and vendor Dean, whose commitment to raise funds for the very services that are helping him is truly awe-inspiring. We share news from our work around the country and the terrific support that we have had from some corporate colleagues to help dispel some of the prejudices associated with homeless people. And if you’d like to find out more about The Truth About Stanley, turn to p8. Just under 100 individuals a week approach us at a time of utter crisis. The demand has never been greater. It is my hope that you will be inspired by these articles, share them with family and friends, and join our 2012 Facebook campaign to gain 2012 ‘likes’.
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