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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 25-11-19

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


4 min.
the big list.

01 Visit an exhibition offering a fresh perspective on man and nature As climate change will be reminding us sharply and often in coming years if most evidence is to be believed, humans are but insects in the face of nature, and at the mercy of complex ecologies intricately connecting all living things on Earth. It’s a theme that artists have responded to as part of group exhibition Animalesque/ Art Across Species and Beings, which brings together film, video, drawing, sculpture, installation and sound art to offer new points of view on the human place in a fragile world. Baltic, Gateshead, until April 19; baltic.art 02 Get into the Christmas spirit at St Martin in the Fields The Big Issue was launched from the crypt of this central London Church 28 years ago. It…

1 min.
our interview with noel gallagher made some waves. liam waded in…

@liamgallagher Trying to divide and conquer NEVER gonna happen mate you’ve blown it the people have got your number LFUKING x @liamgallagher Your wife argues with oasis fans on social media mate she needs to grow up she’s nearly 60 we all get shit on social media my family gets it as well so don’t be blaming me LG x @kay_fralick @liamgallagher I wish he would be proud of you. He did admit you were selling more tickets. @liamgallagher Ha ha through gritted teeth @StivaniMirella @liamgallagher Please, don’t say that Liam, people can say you’re being misogynist. I know you not. @liamgallagher What’s that @johnmcternan [Tony Blair’s former Political Secretary] Noel Gallagher: ‘I bet you’re glad you’re out of it now, aren’t you, mate?’ Tony Blair: ‘Actually I’m not, I wish I was f***ing back in…

4 min.

Injection of fact I am a Type 1 diabetic (of 48 years) and found your Fact/Fiction article [Does the NHS really treat 5,000 diabetics every day? November 11-17] interesting and I’m pleased to see you addressing the misleading information given by the popular press. However, your statement “but all this doesn’t mean that eating healthily and exercising to prevent diabetes is a bad idea” is completely misleading and offensive, especially to Type 1 diabetics. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, no amount of exercise or healthy eating can prevent it. I see parents struggling daily with the relentless management of T1 diabetes in children and I see children and adults having to deal with the stigma of misinformation about their illness. Self-management is a necessity for T1s, not a choice, we…

3 min.
swim against the tide of untruths

Donegal is a great place. When you get there and into it, the light is different. You can lose time. Some years ago I was lost in Donegal. Literally. Some friends and me, in the days before sat nav, were trying to find a house near Gweedore. The map seemed to be showing roads that didn’t exist. We drove up and down and around these magical little roads. We kept ending up staring at the Atlantic. Which, in truth, is not a bad way to end up. Finally, we found a man walking along and, sure he would have local knowledge, asked for directions. Well, he said, if you go about half a mile down past the red gatepost, you’ve gone too far. And you’ll have to come back on yourself and…

1 min.
mayor, town crier and pasty put sales skills to test

The mayor of Truro, the town crier and local shop managers were joined by a giant pasty as they went head-to-head to sell The Big Issue magazine. The Big Issue Sell-Off saw mayor Robert Smith and town crier Lionel Knight, as well as managers from Marks & Spencer, Holland & Barrett, Rowe’s Cornish Bakers and Debenhams don the red tabard for an hour to experience the challenges that vendors face every day. All sales of the magazine were in aid of popular vendors Nick Cuthbert, Andy Gilbody and Stuart Anderson, who were on hand to offer advice in the hour-long sell-off. Holland & Barrett chief Naomi Allen came out on top in the contest, selling 63 magazines. Even having a pasty mascot was not enough to lift Rowe’s to the top of the…

1 min.
books bonanza for homeless families

Last year we named the Big Green Bookshop as one of our Top 100 Changemakers – and yet again they have shown why they deserve it, by launching their Buy Shelter A Book initiative. Building on their £12,000 campaign to send out copies of Greta Thunberg’s book of speeches, No One is Too Small To Make a Difference, to 800 schools around the UK, Simon Key and Tim West, who run the independent bookshop, now want to raise £3,000 to get books into the hands of homeless UK families. The idea riffs on their #buyastrangerabook Twitter initiative and follows up on the £2,500 that the online bookshop raised for the homelessness charity at the start of the year. Now Key wants to build on that success with a target of raising £3,000 through…