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The Big Issue 27-02-2017

The Big Issue is a UK-based street paper that supports the homeless, the vulnerably housed and those seeking to escape poverty. Vendors normally buy the magazine for £1.25 and sell to the public for £2.50. We are using Zinio digital editions to create additonal revenue opportunities to fund our street-based and pastoral care services for our vendors. We are a social enterprise company and all revenues go to support the vulnerable communities we serve. Our goal is to move our vendors away from dependency and towards full time employment

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Dennis Publishing UK
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hello, my name is steve.

London is the greatest city in the world. I’m proud to be London born and bred. I grew up in Bow and my favourite thing to do was go carp fishing in Victoria Park. I’d love to do some fishing out in the countryside again in one of those lovely spots I used to go to near Waltham Cross or Chelmsford. Read more of my story on page 46.Cover image: Camera Press/Andy Gotts; vendor photo: David Tett ■…

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the big issue manifesto

WE BELIEVE in a hand up, not a handout...Which is why our sellers BUY every copy of the magazine for £1.25 and sell it for £2.50. WE BELIEVE in trade, not aid…Which is why we ask you to ALWAYS take your copy of the magazine. Our sellers are working and need your custom. WE BELIEVE poverty is indiscriminate…Which is why we provide ANYONE whose life is blighted by poverty with the opportunity to earn a LEGITIMATE income. WE BELIEVE in the right to citizenship…Which is why The Big Issue Foundation, our charitable arm, helps sellers tackle social and financial exclusion. WE BELIEVE in prevention…Which is why Big Issue Invest offers backing and investments to social enterprises, charities and businesses which deliver social value to communities. ■…

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Worlds apartI have never stopped using and loving libraries, from the days when a whisper might be too loud, to the current blend at my local library – Newton Abbot – of a cafe, learning centre and traditional lending library.The potential of discovery never goes away. I love the serendipity of it all – seeing what’s on the ‘returns’ trolley; picking a book out for the colour of its spine or the strangeness of its title – or because I saw someone else lingering over it. I love the fact it is still open to all. No one is too young, too old, too weird, too educated, too poor to have access to a local library.A library is a hundred-thousand worlds waiting to be discovered. Just don’t let them close!…

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comment of the week

Here in Ladbroke Grove, London, we have been working hard for about a year to save North Kensington Library, to little or no avail. Our council, in spite of having plenty of money, has decided to move users out of a beautiful building so wealthy people can use it for a private ‘prep’ school.Fortunately somebody has succeeded in applying to have the old building listed as a ‘community asset’, which will slow down any planning application for the moment.John Bird may be right in his analysis of the changing demographic of west London but this is still a much-used library by a largely local and existent population – who are excluded from the anodyne Notting Hill film – living in social housing and dependent on the library’s assistance to apply…

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why social enterprise is boldy growing

Trust is an intangible commodity but a highly lucrative one. Businesses are on a permanent quest to convey authenticity, an image customers can engage with, feel part of. Trust.After the financial collapse in 2008, trust in banks crumbled; phone hacking eroded trust in mainstream media; the brazen gutting of high street icon BHS at the cost of thousands of jobs was a low point for trust in business. So we get surveys that tell us people trust their hairdresser more than politicians, journalists or business leaders. Not to doubt hairdressers’ trustworthiness but our once rock-solid institutions, ones that impact our lives daily, are now in the gutter.So in dark or doubtful times, the social enterprise movement is a beacon. It is easy to see why they are trusted. It is…

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pop-up pit ch brings joy to ref ugees

Stella, the goalkeeper from the 2016 Greek Homeless World Cup teamChildren play football in the refugee campFootballing vendors from Athens street paper Shedia – the Greek equivalent of The Big Issue – have teamed up with players from the country’s Homeless World Cup side to bring the beautiful game to children stuck in refugee camps.The group is taking a mobile football pitch around Thessaloniki on the Greek coast, in a bid to bring some fun back into frustrated lives. The Kick Out Poverty initiative includes six women who played for Greece in last year’s Homeless World Cup tournament in Glasgow. One event took place at a camp next to an old paper towel factory, home to 1,500 mainly Syrian refugees.At another camp in central Thessaloniki the group was joined…