News

Bristol Big Issue vendor Paul reunites with family for Christmas

“I haven’t been in contact with them for a while. I’m really excited and eagerly looking forward to spending some time with them all"

Photo credit: Magnus Arrevad

It has been a big year for popular Bristol vendor Paul Jones. This summer the 44-year-old was selected to sell the magazine at Glastonbury, a brand-new pitch at the world’s biggest musical festival.

Paul Jones, Wine Street, Bristol
Photo: Sean Malyon

And this Christmas, Paul will be going back to Leicester to spend Christmas with his estranged family, having recently mended fences and healed old wounds. It’s the first time Paul will have spent time with his family in two years.

“I haven’t been in contact with them for a while now, but I’m really excited and eagerly looking forward to spending some time with them all,” he said.

Martha Luke, service broker for The Big Issue Foundation says many vendors struggle with the broken family ties. She hailed the “positive changes” Paul has made this year. He learned how to build a bike at the Earn-a-Bike project run by the Bristol Bike Project, and is also now a regular at Windmill Hill city farm as volunteer gardener.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with Paul, and I am so excited for him to be going home this Christmas to spend it with his family,” said Martha.

Support your local Big Issue vendor

If you can’t get to your local vendor every week, subscribing directly to them online is the best way to support your vendor. Your chosen vendor will receive 50% of the profit from each copy and the rest is invested back into our work to create opportunities for people affected by poverty.
Vendor martin Hawes

Recommended for you

View all
What will be in King's Speech? Here's 5 things to look out for – from benefits to conversion therapy
King's speech

What will be in King's Speech? Here's 5 things to look out for – from benefits to conversion therapy

Academics put trackers on homeless people – what they learned could be a 'game-changer'
A homeless person is interviewed on the streets of Sutton
Rough sleeping

Academics put trackers on homeless people – what they learned could be a 'game-changer'

Inside the primary school 'food shop' ensuring children don't go hungry over summer break
Food poverty

Inside the primary school 'food shop' ensuring children don't go hungry over summer break

Nearly half of UK adults are in financial difficulty
Stock image of bank notes with pound coins
Debt

Nearly half of UK adults are in financial difficulty

Most Popular

Read All
Renters pay their landlords' buy-to-let mortgages, so they should get a share of the profits
Renters: A mortgage lender's window advertising buy-to-let products
1.

Renters pay their landlords' buy-to-let mortgages, so they should get a share of the profits

Exclusive: Disabled people are 'set up to fail' by the DWP in target-driven disability benefits system, whistleblowers reveal
Pound coins on a piece of paper with disability living allowancve
2.

Exclusive: Disabled people are 'set up to fail' by the DWP in target-driven disability benefits system, whistleblowers reveal

Cost of living payment 2024: Where to get help now the scheme is over
next dwp cost of living payment 2023
3.

Cost of living payment 2024: Where to get help now the scheme is over

Strike dates 2023: From train drivers to NHS doctors, here are the dates to know
4.

Strike dates 2023: From train drivers to NHS doctors, here are the dates to know

The Big Issue

Sign up to get your FREE Doctor Who Archive Special

Celebrate the 14th series with your FREE edition of the Dr Who Special Archives