Shelter & The Big Issue
The Big Winter Appeal
This year – as it has been for many – has been the toughest year that Big Issue and its vendors have ever faced.
Normally a familiar sight on local high streets – which enables them to earn a legitimate income by selling the magazine to the public - with national lockdown and tier systems in place, vendors have been taken off the streets for the second time this year.
Sadly, Big Issue vendors are amongst the most vulnerable members of our society – homeless or insecurely housed, facing poverty, exclusion and physical and mental health issues. This year has seen them unable to earn for months and they are experiencing a 40% downturn in sales since returning to their pitches as footfall on our high streets remains at an all-time low. This impacts their ability to meet their most basic needs, as well as taking a significant toll on their mental health.
Now more than ever The Big Issue needs your support to help their vendors through the Covid-19 pandemic this winter and beyond.
By subscribing to The Big Issue you enable them to continue their much-needed work with vendors - proceeds help them to provide material necessities including supermarket vouchers, cooking equipment and pet food. As well as providing emotional support through connection with services such as universal credit and telephone conversations to fill the missing daily interaction that vendors have with their customers.
By subscribing to a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription here, you can help The Big Issue and their vendors at this crucial time.