SLOGAN: ‘A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT’
I’m a great supporter of The Big Issue and enjoy the paper when I can get it. With high streets declining, the opportunities for selling must have been shrinking in recent times ~ and then came this Corona Virus. In this crisis it is the poorest in our society who are suffering most throughout the world, but The Big Issue are doing all they can to keep in touch and support their vendors as best they can.
How is the good work continuing?
By keeping in touch with their vendors with advice and support.
By direct payments to vendors to support them through this impossible situation.
They explain, “Together, it has been decided that payments to vendors is the most effective way to provide some financial relief to vendors across the country. Earlier in the lockdown, payments were made to just over 1,500 Big Issue vendors. Vendors will now be supported with a regular financial payment until the end of July. At that time, we shall once again review the situation.
The Big Issue Foundation has allocated £250,000 towards these regular payments.”
By a Tour de Flat! which was streamed by the BBC.
By subscribing to The Big Issue for 3 month.
There are many Supporters Blogs where you can see what fundraising is being held.
The Big Issue Foundation do more than just organise their vendors and fundraising. They give advice on Housing, Welfare and Health, Addiction, Finance, Employment, Education and Personal Development.
Why am I inspired to write this post? The protagonist Dot, in my recently released novel ‘MISSING, Past and Present’ becomes homeless through no fault of her own. Writing her story made me realise how quickly your life could be turned upside down by events totally beyond your control. Dot was forced to leave her home and everything she knew and she trudged lanes and footpath seeking solace and a new direction in her life. Maybe she needed The Big Issue to help her along, in fact she did become a vendor for a little while …..