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 that have previously held them back.

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 and specialist services that enable them to rebuild their lives and determine their own pathways to a better future

  • Aims

    The Big Issue Foundation aims to:

    • Access suitable accommodation - We support vendors to access safe and secure accommodation and prevent future homelessness by providing ongoing tenancy support.
    • Access health services – We work collaboratively to identify the physical and mental health needs of Big Issue vendors and ensure referral to GP, dentist and other specialist health services.
    • Progress into employment – We harness the transferable skills of Big issue vendors and support them to update their CV, job search, complete job applications and explore future career opportunities.
    • Engage with volunteering, education and training - We support vendors to add to their skills set and pursue aspirations, e.g. accredited qualifications, training courses and volunteer placements.
    • Improve finances and money management – We support vendors towards financial independence by helping them open a bank account, improve their budgeting skills and address any debt concerns.
  • Overview

    Established: April 1995

    Registered Charity Number: 1049077

    Board members: 11

    Full time staff: 18

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 13

    Phone number: 442075263454

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

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  • Vendor Support Fund

    To empower Big Issue vendors to achieve employment, training and other personal aspiration... More