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The Big Knitathon raises funds for Big Issue UK vendors throughout November

Hitting its fifth anniversary, the Big Knitathon is back this month inviting new and experienced knitters to help raise funds for Big Issue vendors.

Street paper hits back as Hamburg leader says homeless create “fear and disgust”

Hamburg street paper Hinz&Kunzt has hit out against a top local government official who wants to clear homeless people out of the city’s Central Station.

Is your MP backing historic chance to help homeless in England?

A joint campaign by UK homelessness charities and supporters – including Ian McKellen – is encouraging constituents to put pressure on their MP ahead of the second parliamentary reading of the Homelessness Reduction Bill on Friday.

Edinburgh Tool Library: improving lives by changing the drill of community sharing

From a TARDIS’ on Edinburgh’s famous Leith Walk to award-winning sustainable business, Edinburgh Tool Library is one of Scotland’s social enterprise stories of the year

Nota Bene: Slovakia’s sole street paper celebrates its 15th year

Slovakia’s only street paper toasted its birthday with staff, vendors and friends. “It’s helped me to survive from day to day,” vendor Silvia said of the paper.

Shelly and Mellie: Seattle smilers scoop Real Change Vendors of the Year

Real Change News’ Vendor of the Year Awards were scooped by two popular characters committed to putting smiles on the face of their customers.

Mote of dust films: Shining a light on people on the outskirts of society

Former actor-turned-filmmaker Rebecca Kenyon believes documentaries have the power to change attitudes and challenge our way of thinking. Her co-production company, mote of dust films, creates works showing different ways of life about people on the peripheries of society.

Through the doorway: ex-Big Issue vendor exposes life on the street with striking artwork

With The Doorways Project, artist Bekki Perriman looks back at when she was homeless and selling The Big Issue. Her gripping installation examines what it is like to sleep rough.

Memphis-style BBQ cookout raises funds for street paper The Bridge

This Saturday, Memphis will be partying at the Under One Roof cookout, concert and celebration for the vendors of The Bridge street paper.

Denver Voice reaches out with first street recruitment

Volunteers for U.S. street paper Denver Voice took to the streets to offer people who are sleeping rough in the city the chance to join their team of vendors.

Transplant Toys: the Glasgow-based sister act that’s raising organ donation awareness

As the UK celebrates its official Organ Donation Awareness Week, we talk to Chloe Knott, the co-founder of Transplant Toys. Herself the recipient of a kidney transplant, Chloe has a unique crafty way to draw attention to organ donation.

From stapled photocopies to award-winning magazines: Megaphone’s departing leader shares a decade of street paper insight

As Megaphone boss Sean Condon says goodbye to the street paper network, he tells us what he’s learned from 10 years at the Vancouver magazine. A behind-the-scenes must-read for street paper fans.