Big Issue Foundation

Big Issue Vendors Contribute To The Pavement Magazine

The Pavement is a charity which has been producing a magazine for homeless people since 2005. Now it has created a one-off booklet for rough sleepers and insecurely housed people who have been provided with temporary accommodation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Health & Wellbeing In A Crisis’ is a 32 page booklet full of ideas to stay mentally and physically strong. It also contains information on how to access benefits and find reliable sources at a time when scams, urban myths and fake news have escalated.

Since lockdown began in March many people, who are homeless have had to self-isolate. They may be under a roof but many of the services they relied on have switched to online and life can be very boring. While for those with addictions an unplanned withdrawal of treatment can even be life-threatening.

“Almost all the content has been created with people who have at some point been homeless,” says the Pavement editor Nicola Baird. “We also worked closely with Groundswell which is a brilliant organisation. At its heart is a strong belief in the meaningful involvement of people with lived experience of homelessness in the decision-making process that informs the design, development and delivery of the policies and services that affect their own lives.”

Mainstream media ideas of how to relax or stay busy indoors are not always possible for The Pavement readers who are temporarily housed, perhaps in a hotel room with just a TV and maybe a kettle. Big Issue vendors contributed to the publication including Kris who shares how to make pasta in an electric kettle.

“The massive commitment and dedication of  our volunteers (many of whom have lived experience of homelessness) the rest of our amazing small team and of our partners, has enabled the Pavement to respond quickly and decisively to the vital information needs of homeless people in this pandemic,” says the Pavement trustee William Butler.

15,000 copies of ‘Health & Wellbeing In A Crisis’ are being distributed in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Newcastle and Greater Manchester. You can download a digital copy here.

The publication has been funded by a Crisis ‘In This Together Emergency Response Award’.

Every copy counts this Winter

Your local vendor is at the sharp end of the cost-of-living crisis this Winter. Prices of energy and food are rising rapidly. As is the cost of rent. All at their highest rate in 40 years. Vendors are amongst the most vulnerable people affected. Support our vendors to earn as much as they can and give them a fighting chance this Winter.

Recommended for you

Read All
Changing the World One DOSE at a Time
Big Issue Foundation

Changing the World One DOSE at a Time

An Open Letter to the Chancellor for Social Tariffs
Big Issue Foundation

An Open Letter to the Chancellor for Social Tariffs

Improving Financial and Digital Inclusion
Big Issue Foundation

Improving Financial and Digital Inclusion

Updates From Around The Country
Big Issue Foundation

Updates From Around The Country

Most Popular

Read All
Lauren Layfield: 'Normal men, innocent men' and me
1.

Lauren Layfield: 'Normal men, innocent men' and me

Here's when people will get the next cost of living payment in 2023
2.

Here's when people will get the next cost of living payment in 2023

Where to find grants for furniture and carpets in 2023
3.

Where to find grants for furniture and carpets in 2023

Scotland aims to cut car use by creating '20-minute neighbourhoods' in net zero push
4.

Scotland aims to cut car use by creating '20-minute neighbourhoods' in net zero push