We are so grateful to the support received during the lockdown that helped to ensure Big Issue vendors did not have to face the struggles of the lockdown alone.
Vendors were left without an income for 15 weeks due to the lockdown. During this time, we received more requests for support than we have ever experienced before. Applications to the Vendor Support Fund were greater during this time than for the whole of 2019.
Alongside providing financial support, we supported Big Issue vendors to make benefits applications, continued to help vendors achieve Settled Status, connected vendors with local food banks and other services to help continue their support and made regular welfare calls to check in.
This was a challenging time for everyone and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped during this time. We created this infographic to highlight some of the work you made possible. Thank you for believing in big Issue vendors.
Highlights of how you changed lives: