It’s officially a heatwave across parts of the UK and while that’s good news for summer sun seekers, the high temperatures and sunshine make life harder for Big Issue vendors.
The Met Office confirmed parts of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are experiencing heatwaves after three consecutive days of more than 25°C or 28°C in south-east England.
The intense heat and the exposure to the sun poses health risks for people experiencing homelessness with nowhere to take shelter or limited access to water or sunscreen.
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It makes it harder for Big Issue vendors to sell the magazine, too, with fewer people on the street as people take shelter. It’s also more difficult for vendors to stay out on the street for long periods – although Big Issue offices around the country are supporting vendors with sunscreen and water.
During the period of hot weather, please make extra effort to support your local vendor if you can or consider subscribing to the magazine. With your support, The Big Issue helps vendors to achieve financial stability and overcome social disadvantages holding them back.