Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry has praised the work of INSP and international street papers.
“Street papers are an incredibly powerful thing,” she said. “It’s a way of giving people back control and autonomy in their lives.”
Speaking to INSP ahead of the release of the band’s new album Every Open Eye, Lauren said that the time she spent working at The Big Issue as a writer had had a big effect on her.
“I definitely learned a huge amount about The Big Issue by working at it,” she said. “It was an eye-opening experience for me about what was actually in the magazine. If you would see it in a shop you would totally buy it, but sometimes people don’t think about that.”
Lauren was one of the guest vendors who spent an hour selling The Big Issue magazine alongside regular vendors in February, as part of #VendorWeek.
She took a break from recording Every Open Eye to take part, and used the opportunity to tell Chvrches fans about the work of street papers.
“A lot of people who came down to where I was selling were young people who follow the band. I think that was a really cool thing to see,” she said.
“They’re probably not people who would think in their day-to-day about buying The Big Issue but then we started a conversation about it. Seeing them opening the magazine and having a conversation about Shaun the Sheep being on the cover and stuff like that was great.
“I saw them talking to the people from INSP that were down there about how it all works – I think that was really cool. It’s really good to start those conversations.”
INSP Chief Executive Maree Aldam said she was delighted to have Lauren’s backing.
“INSP is thrilled to have ongoing support from Lauren,” she added.
“She has a strong voice, especially among the young people who are the street paper customers of tomorrow. We’d like to thank her for continuing to use her platform to speak up for thousands of homeless street paper vendors worldwide.”