At the turn of each of the last two years, The Big Issue hascelebrated society’s Changemakers: a list of the innovators, creators and radical thinkers who would be doing remarkable things to make the world a better place in the coming 12 months.
But 2020 was a year like no other, and making predictions for the 12 months ahead is tricky. Yet recognising these Changemakers has never been more vital.
The Changemakers for this year are a little different. We identify those who’ll make a difference in 2021, while commending the important work done in the turbulence of 2020.
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It was a year that demonstrated the wealth of community spirit across Britain. Countless people used what resources they had to make a positive difference. In a time when thousands lost jobs and relied on food banks, the generosity of neighbours changed lives.
This year’s Changemakers collection includes people who have been out on the streets of London supporting rough sleepers nearly every day since the UK locked down in March and the residents of a small town who turned their local tourist information centre into a foodbank overnight.