Actress Sophie Winkleman has spoken out about the need to “prevent the next generation of homelessness” by doing more to tackle child poverty.
The TV star has just become a Big Issue Brand Ambassador, working alongside Christopher Eccleston, George Clarke and Daniel Mays to urge the public to support vulnerable vendors who can no longer sell the magazine during lockdown.
Writing in this week’s magazine, Winkleman says she contacted Big Issue founder John Bird to ask how she could support the Big Issue alongside her other work with disadvantaged kids.
“We agreed that there are links between The Big Issue and all the children’s charities I work with, which are mainly trying to help kids living in really difficult circumstances,” she writes.
“Because they are, in some ways, working to prevent the next generation of homelessness.
“We see children in very difficult homes, whether it is because of poverty or abuse or addiction, and so often this can result in homelessness.”