Although the government have begun to talk about phasing out of lockdown, it will still be some time before Big Issue vendors are back selling on the streets.
We are providing essential well-being support for vendors.
Several vendors continue to call for general chats, something that is becoming more essential as the weeks progress. We may be the only people they speak to sometimes. Many vendors are struggling with the big change to their lifestyles. We continue to encourage them to keep in contact, not just for needs but for socialising too.
One vendor who is struggling with alcoholism and is worried that the disruption to his routine will put his progress in jeopardy. We spoke at length and decided that getting him access to learning opportunities on the internet it would be a very positive step forward. We are using the Vendor Support Fund to get him a laptop to. He will also be using the £25 bank transfer to buy some new trainers so he can begin exercising again.
We are helping to keep vendors connected.
A vendor let us know their phone isn’t working well which is making it difficult to keep in contact with him whilst in isolation. It’s also affecting his mental well-being as he can’t access the internet so is feeling further isolated. We have got him a new smart phone using funds from the Vendor Support Fund. Not only will this improve his wellbeing now but will enable him to set up for contactless payment in future!