We are now moving into week 5 of the lockdown. Thanks to your generous donations, support is still being delivered to Big Issue vendors and their families.
We are supporting vendors and their families.
Three vendors told us they were running low on baby essentials such as nappies and baby formula. We referred to local food banks but they didn’t have any baby supplies. We were able to purchase, nappies, wipes and baby formula and have it delivered to their homes!
We have been working with Dogs Trust to have dog food delivered to vendors with dogs! We have also used our own funds to get cat food to be delivered to another one of our vendors with a feline friend!
We are supporting vendors to apply for benefits where appropriate.
With our support, a vendor has successfully signed up to universal credit and received his first payment. This was only possible because of our previous work with this vendor. We previously supported him with obtaining photo ID via the Vendor Support Fund. We also supported them through the process of opening a bank account. These can feel like minor achievements but situations like we find ourselves in now show how valuable these everyday things we take for granted really are.