Today (Monday 22nd January) The Big Issue has published its ‘Top 100 Changemakers’ list for 2024, as voted for by the public.
The Big Issue 100 Changemakers list is a tribute to the people and organisations who have focused not on themselves but on the rest of us.
Changemakers marks its 5th year in 2024. And, for the first time, the publication has called on the public for nominations for those they believe are responsible for innovative change.
The magazine’s list showcases the top 100 Changemakers across the UK in the following categories: Housing and Homelessness; Food and Nutrition; Climate, Environment and Sustainability; Sport, Culture and Fashion; Education, Mentorship and Business; Communities, Migrants; Refugees and Asylum Seekers; Women, Fashion and Children; and Health and Disability.
The top Changemakers range from the UK’s first clothing brand created, designed and hand-produced by young ex-offenders to a former Royal Navy Officer, whose work highlighting the experiences of veterans affected by the military’s LGBT ban, led to a historic public apology from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak last summer. Other nominees include social media influencers, local community fridges, and an octogenarian who over the last 50 years has collected unwanted household goods for people experiencing homelessness.
One group we’ve decided to spotlight in this year’s list for the first time is Young Changemakers; individuals aged 25 and under who are already making a significant impact in their communities.