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The Big Issue helped vendors set up LinkedIn profiles during lockdown.
One of those was Emma Ford, who sells the magazine at London’s Victoria Station. She said at the time: “We can’t sell the magazine now, so it’s amazing that we can sell online. We really need that income boost. No one knows what will happen, but any little help makes a big difference.”
3. More than £1million in support for vendors
Throughout lockdown The Big Issue gave more than £1m to 2,000 vendors to help them get through the time spent off their pitches.
It was a big help to vendors like Terry Cokeley. The 62-year-old from London said: “I was sorted for cash from The Big Issue, the payments really helped and it was very nice of them. They also gave me telephone calls. I was speaking to a woman called Natalia from the office. She’s a nice person, always been there for me. It helped to know that someone was looking out for me.”
4. Helping vendors set sail
Vendors set sail thanks to The Big Issue. Magazine sellers James Heaton, Tate Atlas, Dean Hoy and John ‘Tip’ Daniels got the chance to crew a boat with Tall Ships Youth Sailing Trust in August. We’re always trying to help vendors pick up new skills and experiences.
“It’s the best day I’ve had this year and I’ve actually had quite a lot of good days, so that’s saying something,“ said James.
5. Supplying essential items during lockdown
We’ve supported our magazine sellers through a lot this year, including clothes, toiletries, baby essentials like nappies and wipes, bike repairs, vet bills and even a new washing machine.
The Big Issue also supplied laptops to help vendors take online training courses.
Nick said: “Vendors like me probably wouldn’t survive without all the little helping hands.”
9. Connecting a vendor with his love of nature
Selling The Big Issue has connected Richard Todd’s pitch with nature and he has raised over £500 to feed local birds, putting out more than two metric tons of seed over the year.
Richard said: “I’d look forward to going to my pitch because I might see my pigeon.”
10. Empowering a vendor to sell their art
The Big Issue helps London vendor Dave Martin live and work as an artist, selling his masterpieces and showing them off at exhibitions. “If it wasn’t for The Big Issue I wouldn’t have started on my art.”
Want to buy a copy of the magazine? We have over 1,200 Big Issue vendors in the UK. Each vendor buys a copy of the mag for £1.50 and sells it for £3, keeping the difference. Visit our interactive map to find your nearest vendor and support them today!