About us

Our vision is to create opportunities that will end poverty and exclusion for Big Issue vendors. 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.

Who we are

The Big Issue Foundation was established in 1995 after the early years of running the magazine showed that many vendors needed access to additional resources, services and opportunities in order to make the most of the financial independence gained by selling the magazine and sustainably work themselves out of poverty.

Today, the Foundation offers our service throughout the UK to thousands of individuals across Big Issue Group’s enterprises: Big Issue Vendors, Big Issue E-Bikes, Big Issue Recruit and more.

What we do

Hand Up is the Big Issue Foundation’s free service for Big Issue vendors and others participating in Big Issue enterprises. Through our trained outreach and case workers, we connect individuals to essential local resources and services and facilitate them to sustain these networks and move forwards independently. Hand Up is delivered from nine community-based Big Issue bases across England, Wales and Scotland.  As soon as someone signs up to participate with the Big Issue we provide initial support across six areas: housing; wellbeing- food, clothing, energy; health, mental health and addiction; money; digital access and literacy and citizenship.

If a vendor decides they want to move from selling the magazine, we’ll be by their side to support them access to education and training, volunteering and employment within the Big Issue and beyond.

Find out more about the Hand Up service.

Impact

Since our launch, we have provided support to over 30,000 Big Issue vendors. Find out more about the difference we make here.


What are our 2022-2023 Priorities?

Every year we identify areas where Big Issue vendors need more intensive support and work with funders and partners to address these through our Hand Up plus interventions.

More about what we do

Our Impact

Our Impact

Since our launch, we have provided support to over 30,000 Big Issue vendors.
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Hand Up Service

Hand Up Service

Learn more about the support and services our Frontline provides for Big Issue vendors
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Annual Reports

Annual Reports

Annual Report, Financial statements, and Services Evaluation
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Get Involved

Get Involved

Help us end the cycle of poverty for vendors by fundraising, volunteering or donating
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Our People

Our People

Find our more about our CEO and Big Issue Foundation's Board of Trustees
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Contact us

Contact us

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