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The Big Issue 06-05-19

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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the big list.

01 Eat badly for a good cause in National Doughnut Week Scoff all the ring-shaped fried dough delicacies you like this week – as long as you buy them from a participating vendor, you’ll be supporting the important work of brain injury charity The Children’s Trust. Bakers, coffee shops, offices and educational establishments are taking part, making and selling as many sweet treats as they can, striving to top last year’s £34,000 fundraising tally. thechildrenstrust.org.uk/national-doughnut-week 02 Sniff out some fun at the interactive festival for dogs Synonymous with huge shows by bad boys of rock from Led Zeppelin to Oasis, Knebworth House for a change welcomes good boys galore for Dogfest – a weekend of activities for canines and canine owners alike. Bond with your four-legged friends with Hay Bale Racing, the Great…

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this week we asked you...

Cats kill half a million birds a week, ruffling twitchers’ feathers and prompting the Royal Parks conservation officer to call for moggies to be kept inside. So are the claws out for cats? I think we should keep our cats indoors/in secure runs a) to protect wildlife and b) to protect them. Kati Jenkins, Facebook The demise of the bird population is due to the change in farming, hedgerows are no more. Trees cut down to make way for housing and roads. Pollution and other factors. Marie Morgan, Facebook What, no! No animal locked up. Like population control, reduction is the solution. Heather Scholey, Facebook I think the biggest threat to the natural world is man. Victoria Bridger , Facebook My two cats are indoor cats and are perfectly happy. I used to have a cat who was a…

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Sabrina’s an inspiration Thank you for the interview with Sabrina Cohen-Hatton [April 15-21] who was homeless at 15. She truly is inspirational! I was homeless at 16, in 1976, and like Sabrina, no one was really concerned or cared about me. I had no emotional or financial support. My mum (who had just lost her husband) was put in a hostel as we lost our flat above the restaurant my dad worked in. My two brothers were placed in a kids’ home. I’m now 58 and still relive the awful trauma. There were no mental health services, no duty of care, no safeguarding. This year I got diagnosed with PTSD. Like Sabrina, I too ate out of dustbins. I would make a cup of tea last two hours in a cafe…

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the arches cash grab is a scandal. we won’t keep quiet

Shame on them. Shame on them all. Last year, Network Rail sold off some of its property portfolio for £1.46bn. This moved it from public ownership to private. When this deal was in the offing it became clear that it would have a profound impact on the work and livelihoods of thousands of people who for years had been tenants of Network Rail. They had taken poor locations, mostly in railway arches, 5,476 arches across Britain, places largely unfancied and unused; they made them sing, grew businesses in them and lives out of them. Mechanics, small shops, latterly micro-breweries. Working people making a living and building communities. Small but vital. The leases they had were relatively cheap, because they weren’t desirable at first. But Network Rail needed to plug a hole in…

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lgbtiq+ shelter finds new home in fire station

Last week the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan visited the UK’s first permanent shelter for homeless LGBTIQ+ people after awarding it a £50,000 boost. The Outside Project has moved into the disused Clerkenwell fire station, allowing them to provide a dedicated community centre offering safe daytime refuge, sexual health clinics and co-working space for marginalised groups. The project also teamed up with Stonewall Housing to give vulnerable LGBTIQ+ people access to wrap-around employment and housing support. Carla Ecola, the project’s founder, said: “This centre will make an immeasurable difference to our guests who will always be loudly and proudly at the centre of the project. We’re grateful for the support from the Mayor of London, our LGBTIQ+ community and allies across the country. We can’t thank you enough for standing beside us.” Khan worked…

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shedz loads of praise for north wales youth project

A support scheme for formerly homeless young people scooped the gong of the night at the prestigious UK Housing Awards last week. Youth Shedz was dubbed homelessness project of the year (for fewer than 4,000 homes) at the prestigious ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The Denbigh initiative was launched in 2017 and was developed by local 16 to 25-year-olds who were involved with a supported housing scheme. Initially the young people were asked to research anti-social behaviour and come up with a solution. Then they worked on transforming a former garage into a hub for them to gain employability skills – learning a wide variety of things ranging from bike repairs to digital literacy. Youth Shedz mentor Scott Jenkinson hailed the top award, saying it was an “incredible achievement”.…