Victoria came to the UK from Romania a year ago and has been a Big Issue North vendor for around nine months. She wants to build a future for herself and her partner, Ionut, here in the UK and to find a stable job. Victoria enjoys her work as a Big Issue North vendor and is grateful for all of the support and help that she has had from her customers.
After winning the Best Project category at the 2018 INSP Awards for their Frank Turner fronted fundraising concert during the 2017 Street Paper Summit in Manchester, Big Issue North’s Street Noise team embarked on their most audacious challenge yet – a string of five events in five days, across five major cities in northern England, called the Big Busk. INSP was lucky enough to tag along for a day to see how it all went.
With the INSP Global Street Paper Summit in Glasgow this week, it’s a great opportunity to hear from one of the city’s vendors. Daniel is a familiar face in the west end of Glasgow, and you might even recognise him from past stories featured in the INSP website and News Service. He even went viral not that long ago. Here, he tells us how he came to be a Big Issue vendor, getting back into education and his love of graphic novels.
Andy used to sell Big Issue North in Liverpool. This interview took place at the Marie Curie Hospice in the city in October 2017. Andy asked that it was published after his death. He passed away in March and his funeral was held in Liverpool.
John is a Big Issue vendor based in Weston-super-Mare who has been a magazine vendor for a few years. Here, he talks about his love for his home of over a decade, the town of Weston-super-Mare, and discusses what life is like for him as a Big Issue vendor.
Nicusor, 56, comes from Romania and has been selling Big Issue North since 2016. He tells us about his hopes of finding work as a carpenter in the future, learning English and the joy that he finds in playing music.
Cornell Jarea moved to London in 2013. Initially lucky in finding work, his fortunes changed when his job came to an end. He tells the Big Issue about life in the UK and how selling the magazine has helped him.
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.
When June’s husband died five years ago, she struggled to cope. Soon she was in a lot of debt and worried about losing her home. Thanks to selling The Big Issue, she has worked her way out of trouble.
As the number of people sleeping rough in England has grown, antiquated laws see homeless people criminalised for simply existing.
As the global war against truth rages, the Alternative journalism vs. ‘alternative facts’ event on 30 March will explore how alternative forms of journalism can lead the fight against fake news.
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.”
“Look,” says Brooke, “I’m only five years old. There’s nothing I can do about it… You have the pot of money. Spend some and help people.”
“I am very proud,” says Floriana Stanciu as she is picked as one of the faces of the airport’s ‘Welcome’ poster campaign.
Christopher has sold Big Issue North in Liverpool for 12 years. A Sri Lankan Tamil, he is grateful for the opportunity. “If I still lived there I would be dead.”
This April, The Big Issue UK celebrates 200 million magazines sold across Britain over the last 25 years – every one of them putting money in the pocket of someone living in homelessness or poverty.
A much-loved former Big Issue vendor brings a ray of sunshine to her home city of Glasgow with solo art show.
Ex-Big Issue vendor Joel Hodgson went from sleeping rough in London to working for one of the city’s top law firms, thanks to The Big Issue Foundation. He shares his inspirational story and explains why he’s supporting The Big London Night Walk tomorrow.
A London restaurant famous for feeding guests in the dark will offer 50 young homeless people the chance to experience a meal by Michelin starred chef Julien Machet next week.
A new project is restoring unwanted laptops and putting them into the hands of hundreds of homeless men and women in London.
VIDEO: “A Big Issue day” as UK street paper’s founder John Bird makes maiden speech in the House of Lords
The Big Issue founder John Bird today spoke of his decades of fighting poverty through street papers in his maiden speech to the House of Lords.
Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, actress Maxine Peake, Guardian columnist Owen Jones, David Shrigley-designed Partick Thistle mascot Kingsley and Scottish professional wrestler Grado will be among #VendorWeek supporters.
“I swore that when I did finally get a place of my own I’d never ever hit the streets again,” says Big Issue North vendor Alan. He reminds us of the life-changing power of street papers ahead of #VendorWeek 2016.