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The Big Issue 3/29/2021

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The Big Issue is one of Britain’s leading news and cultural magazines. Every week’s edition is packed full of original takes on the biggest issues of the day as well as interviews with the most significant figures in politics and entertainment. The Big Issue was founded 1991 to give people experiencing homelessness the opportunity to earn their own income. We continue to support hundreds of vendors across the UK and all proceeds from sales go to help anyone wanting to lift themselves out of poverty.

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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
move over greta, make room for the big issue’s kev

In one of the more curious lockdown happenings, teenage global climate activist Greta Thunberg could find herself sharing a plinth with a Big Issue vendor. Last week, Winchester University said it would unveil a £23,760 life- sized sculpture of the 18-year-old environmental figurehead to “inspire” students on its new campus. And as debates rage over the legitimacy of memorials and statues more broadly, the plan sparked a conversation over who else in the city should be honoured. One name was put forward as the key candidate – much-loved Big Issue seller Kev Collick. Kev is known locally for his generous charity work and donning a Christmas tree outfit on his pitch during the festive months. He raised more than £5,000 for Children in Need in 2016. In 2017, Winchester residents voted for him to turn…

2 min.
housing first ‘must reach everyone who needs it’

Homelessness could become a thing of the past in Scotland as experts, frontline workers and politicians join forces to expand the hugely successful Housing First scheme across the country. Around 3,560 people could be helped by the innovative Housing First model per year, according to new research taking into account people already in the homelessness system and those forecast to be in need over the next decade. With the Holyrood-backed launch of a new 10-year framework to help local authorities start or scale up their efforts, it’s hoped the heralded model will transform for good the lives of people experiencing homelessness. The approach should be “in every political party’s manifesto” ahead of the Scottish parliamentary elections this May, according to Karyn McCluskey, chief executive of Community Justice Scotland, speaking at an event announcing…

1 min.
what is housing first?

If you heard anything about e›forts to end rough sleeping in the UK over the last few years, chances are you will have heard Housing First mentioned. It virtually eradicated street homelessness in Finland and is picking up traction across the UK as our greatest hope of ending homelessness for good. The pioneering approach gives people experiencing homelessness a home – in a house or flat rather than temporary accommodation, and in a local community – in the first instance, rather than having to navigate a long bureaucratic process before securing somewhere to live. A home is coupled with support for as long as someone wants it, with the Housing First model formed around the understanding that trauma, addiction and mental health problems also have to be addressed to help someone…

1 min.
russell watson offers hope after a hard year

Ahead of Russell Watson’s Big Issue Singalong, fans across the country have shared emotional stories of living through the coronavirus pandemic – and their hope that the People’s Tenor can bring some joy to those they love. On April 2, The Big Issue is teaming up with I’m a Celebrity… star Watson for a free online performance to o›fer a much-needed liǽt to a beleaguered nation. Readers had the chance to request a song for somebody close to them, and we have been inundated with stories of everyday heroism and resilience. Among the messages was Jo Starkes’s tribute to her fellow NHS sta›f members at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. “We have all worked so incredibly hard, in new and challenging circumstances,” she said. “We have all felt exhausted, despaired and cried, yet not one…

1 min.
supportyour local vendor

VENDORS Across the country vendors are prevented from working on their pitches by the national lockdown. Our staff is working closely with each vendor to make sure there is extra support to make up for lost earnings. We also understand that apart from reduced income, the lack of social interaction will cause a lot of distress. If you would like to pass a message on to your local vendor please email editorial@bigissue.com and we’ll do our best to make sure they know they still have your support. SUBSCRIPTIONS AND SHOPS Since the first national lockdown last year, we have supported our vendors with more than £1m of financial assistance to make up for lost sales. As the only certainty is more uncertainty, we urgently need your help to make sure we can continue…

2 min.

Lor blimey! @LORRAINESSTORY1 The @BigIssue middle page print out. Laraine is so grateful and overwhelmed with everyones support! Us @vickimcgarrigle @FUFDESIGN can’t thank you enough for believing in @LORRAINESSTORY1 – you can really see what we see, to us that’s just beautiful. Keep watching, more to come. letters@bigissue.com @bigissueuk Prize fight Alan states that Bob Dylan is the only musician to have won a Nobel Prize for literature [Quiz, March 8]. Not so; Rabindranath Tagore won it in 1913. Alan’s quizzes are always interesting for the breadth of knowledge they cover! Juliet Chaplin, Cheam Ire starter I was a Girl Guide in my youth and learned to light a fire with two matches, and keep it in for hours. What worries me with Darren Goldrick’s piece [Vendor expert, March 15] is that nowhere does it suggest that it may be…