We meet up with vendor Andy, for whom change has been afoot. He tells Big Issue North about his new flat, vents his political frustrations and shares his experiences as a vendor of the magazine.
After his divorce, Adrian had to send his children back to Romania to live with his parents. He used to work as a lorry driver, but has struggled to find work through employment agencies. Now he sells Big Issue North to support his family and give them a better life.
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.
22-year-old Leventica sells Big Issue North to help support her family, “Life is still a bit hard,” she says, “but not like it was in Romania.”