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Winter used to be the season where Big Issue vendors thrived, but with the death of the high-street and the rise in online shopping they’re now struggling to get by more than ever before.

Every time you buy a copy of The Big Issue, subscribe or donate, you are helping our vendors to work their way out of poverty by providing ‘a hand up not a hand out.’

You’re helping Big Issue vendors achieve their #BigWish

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We all have Christmas wishes and our vendors are no exception. Whether it’s saving up for a train ticket home, aspiring to sell their artwork or simply selling more magazines, every single Big Issue vendor has a #BigWish that means something to them.

Help us to be there for Big Issue vendors this Christmas


Buy from your local vendor

Big Issue vendors are working hard to make their Christmas wishes come true. Every time you buy a Big Issue magazine, you’re directly supporting a vendor to work their way out of poverty. You’re helping Big Issue vendors achieve their #BigWish. Vendors buy the magazine for £1.50 and sell it for £3, keeping the profit. If you’re unable to visit your local vendor, then you can subscribe (or buy a gift subscription) via our vendor map. That vendor will receive 50% of the net profits.

Subscribe to the magazine

As a non-profit, every penny we make goes back into the organisation. With a subscription, not only are you buying an award-winning magazine, you’re also contributing to The Big Issue’s fight to dismantle poverty – from our frontline staff providing vendors with vital support, to campaigning for policy change on a national level… each subscription really does make a difference.

Support us with a donation

Working yourself out of poverty is hard! Donate to the Big issue Foundation. A hand up. Not a hand out! £30 will help a vendor keep the heat on and stay fed over Christmas when sales are quiet.

Meet our vendors

Rodney Lyall, 51, Boscombe Sainsbury’s, Bournemouth

Rodney Lyall, 51, Boscombe Sainsbury’s, Bournemouth

<p>Bournemouth Big Issue vendor Rodney Lyall has been able to beat addiction and save up for a deposit on a flat with the help of The Big Issue</p>
“No one to be alone this Christmas” Cheralyn’s #BigWish
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“No one to be alone this Christmas” Cheralyn’s #BigWish

<p>One Big Issue vendor, Cheralyn, told us her #BigWish this year is for no one to be alone this Christmas because she knows how it feels.</p>
Julie Cherry, 47, outside M&S, Wimborne, Bournemouth

Julie Cherry, 47, outside M&S, Wimborne, Bournemouth

<p>“It’s harder to be a woman when you’re rough sleeping”</p>