The Big Issue Foundation

The Big Issue Foundation


Raised so far

  • 111 Donors
  • 13 Fundraisers

About us

The Big Issue Magazine is a multi-award winning, weekly publication launched in 1991 in response to the growing number of rough sleepers on the streets of London. Big Issue vendors are offered the opportunity to improve their social and economic prospects through selling The Big Issue Magazine. Vendors come from a variety of backgrounds and face a complex range of challenges associated with poverty and inequality.

Founded in 1995, Big Issue Foundation is an independently funded registered charity. Our vision is to create opportunities that will end poverty and exclusion for Big Issue vendors, and our mission is to connect Big Issue sellers to the vital support and personal solutions that enable them to rebuild their lives and determine their own pathways to a better future.

Big Issue Foundation’s wrap around support facilitates and brokers access to the critical services, resources, and opportunities that individuals need to find a sustainable pathway out of poverty and build better futures. In 2021/22, a total of 922 Big Issue vendors engaged with the Foundation’s wrap around support. Our partnership work is critical to our success. We work in partnership with many social services providers, third party organisations and local and national businesses to support individuals across seven pathways towards sustainable change: 1) accessing and maintaining secure accommodation 2) securing the essentials (food, clothing, fuel) 3) health, mental health and addition 4) participation (citizenship, language, and networks) 5) financial and digital inclusion 6) education and training 7) pre and in employment support.

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