The Big Issue Foundation

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The Big Issue Foundation is a registered charity[1] in England working with vendors of The Big Issue, a street newspaper. The foundation provides vendors with information, advice, guidance and support.

History[edit]

The foundation was created in November 1991 by John Bird with the aim of addressing the underlying issues which cause homelessness and by supporting Big Issue vendors.

Projects[edit]

The foundation has four main project areas under which its services fall: helping vendors establish secure housing, providing access to health advice and healthcare, managing vendors' money and The Big Issue sales, and improving homeless individuals' self-esteem.[2]

Services[edit]

The foundation offers several services, including:

  • The Vendor Support Fund, which provides financial support to vendors to help them move on and to deal with crisis situations.
  • Financial Inclusion Project, a programme of financial literacy support for Big Issue Vendors, aiming to improve their financial skills.
  • Service Broker Project, a project to help Big Issue vendors obtain services (such as housing).
  • Outreach, which pairs Big Issue vendors with support teams working on the streets.
  • Health Week, an annual event where health practitioners provide services to vendors advising on all aspects of health and better lifestyle.
  • Aspirations Week, a project seeking to promote an "aspirational" culture among vendors.

Fundraising[edit]

The Big Issue Foundation is funded by donations made by Charitable Trusts,[3] individuals[4] and people participating in fundraising events.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityWithPartB.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1049077&SubsidiaryNumber=0
  2. ^ http://www.bigissue.org.uk/about-us
  3. ^ http://www.bigissue.org.uk/get-involved/charitable-trusts-and-foundations
  4. ^ http://www.bigissue.org.uk/donate
  5. ^ http://www.bigissue.org.uk/events

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