Stand4 Socks are on a mission “to change the world one pair of socks at a time”. Founder Josh Turner started the company from his bedroom in Manchester, after discovering the sore need for clean, dry footwear among people experiencing homelessness.
So for every pair of socks sold, Stand4 Socks donate a pair of thick, anti-bacterial socks to people experiencing homelessness around the world.
“Socks are the most requested item by homeless shelters and this is because they are rarely donated,” he said. Stand4 Socks has now made sure over 150,000 pairs have been donated to people who need them.
Café Art is a social enterprise set up to empower people who have experienced homelessness by getting them involved with art, photography and entrepreneurship.
Its MyLondon project was set up in 2013 to give 100 people who have experienced homelessness photography training and a camera to take photos across the capital. The goal is to create an exhibition and a calendar which tells the stories of both the photographers and their communities and raise awareness of how they live.
They have cards and calendars available to buy which mean vulnerable people who need to earn an income can earn money from their own creativity, and all profits go back into the project.
Every week in The Big Issue magazine’s Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for their creative expression. At least half the profit from each sale goes to the artist and the remaining profit is used to continue the mission of The Big Issue; to give people in poverty, the opportunity of a hand-up.
Six years ago, Bryan Adams was approached by Trudie Styler to take photos of homeless street vendors and create a portrait story for The Big Issue magazine.
That story inspired a more in-depth photographic look at these people who live on the streets of London and sell the magazine, and a book of the photos and was published in 2021. All proceeds from book sales go to The Big Issue’s charity arm, The Big Issue Foundation.
Joey and Thuta founded Leiho while at university, determined to make a positive difference. For every water bottle sold, they give boxed and refillable cartons of water to someone experiencing homelessness who is at risk of dehydration in the. hot summer months out side. For each pair of socks, they donate another pair to someone who would otherwise freeze or be at risk of infection through the damp and bitter winter.
Jollie’s is a “more-than-profit” enterprise passionate about creating fun and tangible opportunities to support local homeless charities and care for those facing homelessness. They’ve started with socks. As the company says: “wear a pair, share a pair”.
When most people think about the Big Issue, they think of vendors selling the Big Issue magazines on the streets – and we are immensely proud of this. In 2022 alone, we worked with 10% more vendors and these vendors earned £3.76 million in collective income. There is much more to the work we do at the Big Issue Group, our mission is to create innovative solutions through enterprise to unlock opportunity for the 14million people in the UK living in poverty.