The new lockdown measures in England have meant The Big Issue has asked more than 1,000 vendors to temporarily stop selling the magazine to keep both sellers and customers safe.
When the UK locked down in March, we were able to give financial and emotional support to vendors thanks to the generosity of the public.
Frontline teams will continue to stay in contact with vendors, providing reassurance as well as gift payments and supermarket vouchers to reduce the impact of lost income.
But such support for vendors is almost impossible without you.
Big Issue vendors are amongst the most vulnerable members of our society – homeless or insecurely housed, facing poverty, exclusion and physical and mental health issues. This year has seen them unable to earn for more than 3 months and experiencing a 40% downturn in sales since returning to their pitches as footfall on our high streets remains at an all-time low. This impacts their ability to meet their most basic needs, as well as taking a significant toll on their mental health.