The Big Issue Foundation works exclusively with vendors that have chosen to begin a journey of self-help and change by selling The Big Issue magazine. We believe in a hand up, not a handout. Can you offer a hand up this winter?

Dariusz came to The Big Issue at a difficult time following the breakdown of a relationship and the loss of a job.

A major barrier for Dariusz was his English. We were able to refer him to the Anglo-Continental School of English where he was able to begin English classes. Not only did this help with selling The Big Issue but with all areas of his life.

Dariusz also had several health issues as a result of overwork, stress and the constant worry of my situation. We supported Dariusz to register with the St Paul’s homeless healthcare centre and access GP and dental services. He also needed new glasses – we helped Dariusz make an application to the Vendor Support Fund to part fund the cost.

We also referred Dariusz to an addiction treatment programme and are happy to report Dariusz has been sober for 18 months now.

Now that Dariusz was in a much better place, he was ready to find permanent work. We helped him to complete a CV and covering letter. Once he was offered an interview, we also helped him with interview practice. It all paid off because he got the job and started in June.

We are delighted we have been able to support Dariusz on his journey and wish him all the success for the future!

We all go through hard times and it is much harder when you have no support system in place. A gift of £20 today can help ensure we are there to support Big Issue vendors like Dariusz in the future.


Telephone: To donation by telephone please call 020 7526 3458, lines open between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Please have your credit/debit card ready.
Bank transfer: Make a direct bank transfer to the following details:
Account Name: The Big Issue Foundation  Sort-Code: 60-20-31  Account No: 40110133  Reference: Please include your name or something we can identify you with
Via Post: You can post a cover letter with a cheque directly to us, please make the cheque payable to: The Big Issue Foundation and send to: FREEPOST RTTS-JGTR-LRYR, The Big Issue Foundation, 3rd Floor, 113-115 Fonthill Road, London, N4 3HH