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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 02-12-19

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 Join The Big Issue in the global fight against homelessness by backing the World’s Big Sleep Out On December 7, thousands of people from Belfast to Brisbane will be sleeping out to raise awareness – and cash – in what’s been dubbed the “Live Aid of homelessness”. Join Will Smith, Dame Helen Mirren and many others who will be taking part in the evening’s entertainment. In London, The Big Issue Foundation is hosting an event at the Kia Oval, with half the proceeds going to support the work of The Big Issue, the other to tackle the scourge of homelessness around the world. December 7; bigsleepout.com 02 Give to a crowdfunder to help replace London’s mobile library for the homeless Aǽter 20 years of bringing their mobile library to soup runs around London…

1 min.
last week rylan confided to us that he feels he’s been elevated from ‘guilty pleasure to national treasure’. no guilt among our readers by the looks of it…

@rochellehumes Why are you so cute? @suegray8704 Yes, a national treasure you are!!! Love you Rylan ❤xx @sonicresettherapy You deserve your name in lights @gilllowe1710 You are definitely my guilty pleasure. You are doing amazing and love you presenting ITT xx @casabond007 You were my guilty pleasure but now I’m a loud proud fan as are many friends @shelleyxbaby Rylan is the best! Great presenter, funny, intelligent, professional, thoughtful, good looking… the list of qualities goes on. One of my favourite TV personalities EVER! @jaglosmithart So pleased for your continued success – you are so young to be a national treasure but you certainly are... you’re a lovely man with a great future ahead of you – well deserved xxx @dobermum.71 I really love that you are so normal even though you’re very famous now, I love TV…

4 min.

@bigissueuk @nicollorii I can’t tell you how long I’ve waited to sit down with a coffee & a good book that isn’t law-related in any shape or form. letters@bigissue.com Join the group I am reading an inspiring book called The Book of Joy by Douglas Abrams which is about a seven-day meeting in 2015 between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It includes the words: “Our empathy circuits do not activate unless we see the other person as part of our group. So many wars have been fought and so much injustice has been perpetrated because we’ve banished others from our group and therefore our circle of concern.” I do hope the forthcoming election is about the discussion of political policies aimed at solving problems and not the personality assassination some of…

3 min.
the good fight begins in our communities

I learned some good news last week. An old friend of mine was being rehoused. The friend is a man called Billy Murray and for almost 30 years he has been coaching kickboxing in Belfast. He’s a remarkable character. Murray’s gym is called Prokick and is currently in a leaky corrugated hut in east Belfast, clinging gamely on to the side of an amateur football club’s main building. There is little inside except a ring at one end, some mats, a few heavy bags, mice for company, an gas-fired heater and Murray’s indomitable belief in the positive life-enhancing power of his sport. And from this, lives have been changed utterly. Murray is one of those people you hear about on Unsung Heroes lists in Sports Personality of The Year and you think,…

1 min.
centrepoint turn to gaming to level up awareness

Charity Centrepoint is to use a new video game to help explain the issues facing homeless youths. The fifth and final episode of Life is Strange 2 is released this week, bringing an end to the story of Sean and Daniel Diaz, two young brothers who travel across the USA after a tragic incident leaves them homeless. The youth homelessness charity will livestream the game after joining forces with its publisher Square Enix, which in turn will promote Centrepoint’s ‘We Will Be Heard’ campaign on social media. The campaign comes off the back of the charity’s research that found a shocking 22,000 youngsters will be at risk of homelessness this Christmas. Representatives from Centrepoint will also appear on a livestreamed playthrough of the game to give wider context to the situation that the…

1 min.
keep homeless people and their pets together, report urges

We know just how much pets mean to our vendors – and now a charity has issued a plea for homeless people to be kept with their animals to receive shelter. Simon Community Scotland released guidance urging landlords and local authorities to recognise the vital role that pets play in the lives of homeless people. Their ‘Paws for Thought: Enabling a Life off the Street’ report, launched last week with Scottish housing minister Kevin Stewart, features calls for pet-friendly communal rooms in temporary shelters and welcoming policies to sign up to for permanent accommodation. Simon Community have also teamed up with Dogs Trust to create a role for a project worker to make services pet friendly, while street teams will be equipped with ‘Street Packs for Dogs’ carrying pooch essentials, including a high-visibility…