The Big Issue Foundation

The Big Issue Foundation

Charity information

The Big Issue Foundation

To complement the self-help ethos of The Big Issue Magazine, The Big Issue Foundation was established in 1995 as an independently registered charity committed to supporting Big Issue vendors that have chosen to work themselves out of poverty by selling the Big Issue Magazine.

We help Big Issue vendors to achieve financial stability through their magazine sales whilst supporting them to overcome longstanding health, housing and other disadvantages

Founded 1995

  • Mission statement

    Our vision is to end poverty and exclusion for Big Issue vendors and our mission is to connect Big Issue vendors to the vital support they need to enable them to rebuild their lives and determine their own pathways to a better future.

  • Aims

    The Big Issue Foundation aims to:

    • Aspirations: Access to training and employment opportunities, support re-establishing family networks and opportunities to take up hobbies and interests.
    • Health: Access to health care including dentistry, eye care, foot care, immunizations, sexual health care, registering with a GP and accessing substance misuse treatment
    • Finance: Help gaining ID, opening a bank/credit union account and accessing financial products with a focus on developing a savings culture
    • Housing: Support to end rough sleeping and access to temporary and permanent housing
  • Overview

    Established: September 1995

    Registered Charity Number: 1049077

    Board members: 9

    Full time staff: 15

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 20

    Phone number: 442075263454

    Address: The Big Issue Foundation, 113-115 Fonthill Road, Finsbury Park, London N4 3HH

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  • Access/Ability programme

    For a Big Issue vendor, regaining their citizenship is critical to progressing away from h... More