'Big Issue' Foundation

Registered Charity Number: 1049077

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The Big Issue offers people facing poverty and exclusion the opportunity to earn their own money; a livelihood. The Big Issue Foundation is an independent charity working alongside the magazine distribution network. We aim to maximize the success of each vendorís selling career and engage them with opportunities to address the issues that have bought them to us in the first instance or issues that have arisen as a result of their experiences of poverty, social and financial exclusion.

We offer vendors opportunities of a life and seek to empower them through their finances and beyond; be it securing a safe place to live, reconnecting with loved ones, tackling health issues or embarking on training and development opportunities. It can be as little as 12 months from a significant life event to losing everything and arriving on the street. Last year we recorded the achievements of over 2000 vendors, focusing on programmes of work that seek to establish financial stability and inclusion. The financial journey of each vendor are the building blocks of success in terms of further socially orientated objectives, the catalyst for personal change and an escape from the poverty of each personís situation.

The Need

Every week of the year people turn to the Big Issue for an opportunity to help themselves at a time of utter personal crisis. We work with some of the most disadvantaged and excluded individuals in the land; people who have lost more than it is comfortable to imagine, their homes, their families and their sense of themselves in the world. We urgently need to offer more support and hope for the future.

Our Work

The Big Issue Foundationís mission is to connect every Big Issue vendor to the support and personal solutions that enable them to rebuild their lives and determine their own pathways to a better future.


Contact Us

'Big Issue' Foundation 113-115 Fonthill Road
Finsbury Park

N4 3HH

Phone: 020 7526 3458



'Big Issue' Foundation News

The Big Issue Launches Pay It Forward Scheme

Date posted: 08 Apr 2019

The Pay It Forward scheme turns The Big Issue into the worldís first re-sellable magazine, providing participating vendors with the opportunity to earn extra income.… Read More»

Waitrose & Partners donate £7k to Foundation

Date posted: 27 Mar 2019

Thanks to your online support, Waitrose & Partners have donated over £7,000 to The Big Issue Foundation as part of their Waitrose Community Matters Online Scheme.… Read More»

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Financial Information from CharityFinancials

March 2019 March 2018
Total Income £1,282,723 £1,124,131
Total Expenditure £1,193,883 £1,016,072

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