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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 12-08-19

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

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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£2.51(Incl. tax)
£129.96(Incl. tax)
51 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
the big list.

01 Back a campaign to bring sports coaching to disadvantaged communities Inspired by the same faith in the life-changing power of football that made the recent Homeless World Cup in Wales such a success, Ball Games Allowed is a new partnership between charity StreetGames and Coca-Cola, fronted by ex-Premiership pro Jermaine Jenas. It aims to improve grassroots access to the beautiful game in underprivileged areas. Find out more at streetgames.org 02 Return to nature at the Green Man festival The beautiful Welsh countryside provides the most nourishing of environments for a festival that’s consistenly one of the best in Britain – a riot of alt-folk, rock, indie, electronic dance and experimental sounds. Four Tet, Father John Misty, Stereolab, Sharon Van Etten and Yo La Tengo are just a flavour of another unbeatable bill.…

4 min.

THIS WEEK WE ASKED YOU... Why isn’t the government tackling the holiday hunger crisis? Chris Allman, Facebook Because they want people to learn to struggle so they will stay in line and be grateful for the crumbs the system gives them. Owen Williams, Facebook Because poor people don’t vote Conservative. Middle-class people who have had small tax cuts do. Margaret Ritchie, Facebook What do parents spend money on? We have all had a family to keep, both parents had to work hard. Now a lot of people don’t want to work, live on benefits and complain. Smoke, drink and takeaways. Time to sort themselves out. Rachel Hayes, Facebook Because they have the money to have a month’s holiday. Slarti Bardfast, Facebook So they are going hungry because their parents aren’t feeding them and it’s the government’s fault? Helen Wood, Facebook Brexit is not…

2 min.
gone to the dogs

A growing number of Big Issue vendors have social media accounts. This is a good thing. It means their experiences are shared and an immediate insight into their reality is provided. And, key for a lot of vendors, they can alert readers when they’re on pitch. One of the interesting Twitter accounts is from Robin Price. He works selling the magazine in Weston-super-Mare. Aside from alerts about when he’s heading to sell, he tweets a lot of pictures of trains, classic old locomotives and carriages. It’s strangely relaxing. Last week one of Robin’s tweets was about Chanel, his dog. It was in memory of Chanel. She died two years ago and Robin posted some pictures and said that he and his partner still miss her something sore. And boy, did I feel for…

1 min.
homeless actors get a taste of theatre life

A pioneering National Theatre programme is giving London community groups a taste for the stage – training them to produce a professional-quality show. Now in its second year, the Public Acts initiative gets more than 100 people into the drama, including clients of homelessness charity Thames Reach. The flagship production will be a musical adaption of As You Like It at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, directed by Douglas Rintoul, at the end of August. Other organisations like children’s charity Coram and group Open Age for older Londoners also put cast members forward. They’re joined by professional actors and cameo groups. Around 25 Thames Reach clients have been involved with the programme.“The confidence this programme helps them develop is amazing,” said the charity’s Michael Buckley. His colleague Annabelle Ferary added: “Some people have a number of complex…

1 min.
brexit shock ‘will hit poor families harder than 2008 crash’

Research by thinktank the Resolution Foundation showed that years of austerity has left poor families without a financial safety net and it urged the government to shape policy to help the most vulnerable people weather the storm. The benefits system helped those on lower incomes stay afloat during the recession – but that support has since been stripped back, said researchers, pointing to Universal Credit and the benefit freeze. The 2008 crisis – which cost one million Brits their jobs – would have hit households even harder (about £8,000 each) had it not been for the large fiscal response, safeguards that are no longer in place. Resolution Foundation researcher James Smith said Britain is facing the highest risk of recession since 2007 as Brexit looms. The Bank of England warned that Britain has a…

1 min.
the big issue heads to the downs festival

The Downs Festival and The Big Issue will team up for the second year to boost the festival’s social echo – and give some vendors a taste of the live music action. Boasting Grace Jones and Lauryn Hill as headliners, the Bristol festival also gives a platform to inspiring speakers. Director Ken Loach and rapper Akala have taken part in previous years. Bristol vendors Josh (left) and Mike will be selling Big Issue-curated programmes the week before the festival and on site once the event rolls round on August 31. Not only that, but each of them will do half a day’s work for the festival. Josh will help with security and Mike will be behind the scenes helping to keep the festival accessible. Festival co-founder Tom Paine said: “It’s really great to have…