A vendor is currently paying £10 per week towards his carpet, the cost of which is normally covered by his magazine sales. Without this opportunity to earn money, he is becoming increasingly stressed about getting behind on his payments and any potential consequences of this further down the line. We have used the Vendor Support Fund to help this vendor with the payments so they don’t get into arrears.
We continue to support vendors on their recovery from addiction.
A Big Issue vendor was relocated to Salisbury by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council as that’s where his local connection is. He was told if he moves back, he will be offered housing support and eventually moved into permanent accommodation. This vendor is withdrawing from drug use and collects his methadone prescription every two days from a tow, which is over 6 miles from where he has been placed in temporary housing. He has requested for his prescription to be moved to a closer pharmacy, but this cannot be done for at least a couple of weeks. We have used the Vendor Support Fund to buy this vendor a bus pass so they will be able to go and collect their prescription in the meantime.
And we do what we can to support vendors who are struggling with life
beyond the lockdown.
A vendor has begun to turn his life around. He has sold The Big Issue for over 5 years and uses the magazine as his sole source of income. He was street homeless when he started selling the magazine and is now living in Tottenham with his partner and young daughter. The magazine has allowed him to support his family and allowed for flexible working hours to care for his child.
His partner was working until she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The vendor now finds himself caring for both his partner and his daughter and is struggling financially. His residency has not been verified yet and so he is unable to access benefits.
As he is unable to sell the magazine due to the lockdown, he is at risk of losing his housing. He is currently dealing with the diagnosis of his partner and to alleviate that stress we will pay his rent this month. This is reducing the risk of homelessness and giving security for him and his family.
We will continue to support the vendor to obtain his residency status and submit a benefit claim.
Every vendor’s needs will be unique as every person’s situation is unique and thanks to your support, we will support each individuals needs as best we can.
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