Ljubljana’s homeless tour guides: it’s wonderful to be part of #VendorWeek

As part of #VendorWeek, street paper vendors in Ljubljana acted as tour guides, showing members of the public another side of their city. They told Kralji Ulice about why they are getting involved, and their hopes for the tour.

Cross Atlantic: Dave and Raelene compare street vendors’ lives in the UK and US

Dave sells Big Issue North in Altrincham, near Manchester. Raelene sells the Denver Voice in Boulder, Colorado in the US. In a Skype conversation to mark #VendorWeek, they compared notes about their lives, interests and what it’s like to be a street paper vendor on either side of the Atlantic.

Our vendors: Ken (Big Issue North, Bishopthorpe Road, York, UK)

Ken sells the Big Issue North with his faithful canine companion, Bailey. He has lived in all sorts of places: motorhomes, static caravans, even an old French police riot van. Having moved to York after someone set fire to his tent, Ken recently got his own room. “I’m a happy man,” he says.

Big love in Oz: vendor Trevor gives thanks for his second chance at true romance

This Valentine’s Day, read about how Trevor and Ellen have The Big Issue Australia to thank for bringing them together for a second chance at big love.

INSP’s UNCOVERED street paper cover exhibition launches with a message of “dignity and love”

Street paper vendors were at the heart of a message of dignity and love at the launch of INSP’s street paper cover exhibition UNCOVERED: still homeless, still an issue, hosted in Glasgow.

#VendorWeek interview: Mark and Ann share vendor life in Melbourne and Denver

Vendors Mark and Ann shared their first ever Skype chat in honour of #VendorWeek and found out they have more in common than they first expected.

#VendorWeek: vendors share what makes their part of the world unique

From Melbourne to Denver, Taipei to Athens, vendors across the globe share what it’s like to sell a street paper in their city… and so much more.

Equalities Secretary expresses Scotland’s pride in being home to INSP

“We should all be proud that INSP is based here in Scotland,” said Equalities Secretary Angela Constance, ahead of brand new exhibition about INSP’s work.

Our vendors: Norm Chamberlin (Street Roots, Portland, Oregon, USA)

When Norm lost his job and his home, it was thanks to the kindness of a stranger he ended up in housing once again. Now he sells Street Roots, accompanied by his dog Heidi. He says being a vendor is an adventure – and good for his mental health.

#VendorWeek road trip: Surprise’s Swiss tour to promote vendors

This week, Surprise staff will pile into the back of an old VW van for a #VendorWeek promotional tour of Switzerland. The travelling exhibition will feature vendors’ stories, choral performances, alternative city tours – and free tea and cake.

#VendorWeek: a global street paper celebration

Across five continents, street papers are celebrating #VendorWeek from 6-12 February. Find out about all their activities here!

Readers join their vendors to sell Big Issue North for #VendorWeek

In nine towns and cities in the north of England, Big Issue North readers will take to the streets to support the street paper this #VendorWeek.