The Big Issue Foundation

The Big Issue Foundation

Charity information

The Big Issue Foundation

The Big Issue Foundation supports homeless and vunerably housed people, enabling them to gain control of their lives and achieve greater self reliance and independence.

Founded 1995

  • Mission statement

    The Big Issue offers some of the most excluded people in the country a unique opening to take some control of their lives & earn a legitimate income. Vendors make a personal choice to buy their magazines with their own money, taking charge of their finances & sales whilst developing the skills required to retail to the public.

    The Big Issue was launched in 1991 by Gordon Roddick & John Bird in response to the growing number of rough sleepers on the streets of London. They set out to address the problem of homelessness by offering homeless people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income; to ‘help them to help themselves’.

    The Big Issue Foundation is a financially independent charity which builds around the unique trust that we establish with homeless people to deliver a brighter future, boosting self esteem & helping vendors to reclaim their citizenship.

    We are often approached at a time of unimaginable personal crisis. Our front line team focuses on cultivating strong working relationships with Big Issue vendors & connects them to services & the vital bespoke support that is need to help homeless people journey away from the street. Our work is focused through four main programme areas: Health, Finance, Housing & Aspirations.

    Additionally, our national ‘Vendor Support Fund’ is available on application to vendors throughout the UK. The fund aims to give a small hand up to vendors with a specific objective in mind.

  • 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: 71

    Part time staff: 3

    Volunteers: 10

    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