The Big Issue is launching a UK-wide community selling project to reach more readers, support communities, give a hand up to people on the margins, and make a huge leap forward in the mission to dismantle poverty – all with a resounding social echo.
The new Big Issue Community Selling project is aimed at communities across the UK where there is no Big Issue vendor. Instead, the magazine will be sold by organisations and groups that support their communities – such as social enterprises, charities, religious groups, clubs that provide services for young or older community members, or a host of other groups that make a difference for people in their area.
Each group will receive a quantity of magazines and sell them for £2.50; for each copy sold £1.25 will go to The Big Issue. That helps to cover The Big Issue’s costs of production and distribution of the magazine, and support the core mission of dismantling poverty.
Crucially, this partnership will not take any sales away from individual vendors who want to sell the magazine, but will help support The Big Issue to help our vendors, while also helping communities
With every £1.25 they receive from Community Selling partners, they will be able to help magazine vendors continue to sell the magazine and support them to move on, for example by helping them get into training, skills and education, support for job applications and accessing state support or housing.
As Chris Falchi-Stead, Director of Sales & Operations at The Big Issue, explains, there is a variety of reasons why we do not have vendors in every town and village across the UK.
“There are many remote parts of the UK where it’s very difficult to have a Big Issue vendor. It can be extremely challenging for us to provide the level of service we wish to due to the distance from our offices, and there may simply not be a need for individuals to sell the magazine in these areas.”