Big Issue is working hard to support as many people as possible in difficult times and we need your support to help Big Issue vendors this Christmas.
In the midst of an unprecedented poverty crisis, where 3.8 million people are experiencing destitution – including one million children, and at a time when the home secretary thinks street homelessness is a “lifestyle choice”, Big Issue is working hard to bring warmth, support and hope to as many people as possible.
As temperatures drop, energy bills mount and the festive period approaches, we are starting to see a huge influx of vendors looking to make extra income at this time of year.
That is why we are launching a new way members of the public can help, either directly or by making a purchase for friends and family.
The Big Issue Winter Support Kit is priced at £34.99 and gives the recipient four copies of the magazine, while the vendor receives a Big Issue beanie hat to keep warm, a hot drink and a lunch item to keep vendors fuelled, supported by Greggs. The vendor will also receive equipment to increase earnings through cashless transactions and a personalised support plan, including sales and employment training from the Big Issue’s Frontline Team. Of course, you can also continue to support your local vendor by buying a magazine each week or consider purchasing a subscription.
Lord Bird, Big Issue founder, said: “Sadly, we are witnessing the strain of making ends meet among our vendors, coupled with an influx of people at the sharp end of poverty, coming to us to sell the magazine as a vital source of income and to cover their basic winter needs.