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Big Issue Vendors ~ Have you ever wondered what happened to them?


big issueI’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 …..


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Homelessness ~ So Much Need but Some Good News in London

homelessI had intended to do a series of blog post about the issues which arise in my new novel, MISSING Past and Present, because they are close to my heart. These include Homelessness.

Dorothy, my protagonist, found herself homeless through no fault of her own, but she discovered a safely net. Some people are not so lucky at the moment.

I had no idea at the time of writing the novel that we would be facing such a crisis as Covid 19 now, but I’m going to begin this series nevertheless, by looking towards London, the epicentre of this crisis in Britain, in search of some good things that are happening to relieve the suffering:

1 Centrepoint in London continues to offer support for homeless young people. They give a roof over their heads and assist them if they are self isolating due to the virus. Being homeless in London is tragic at the best of times but now things are desperate. Read about some of the people here: Centrepoint.org.uk

Single Homeless Project is another positive story of so many lives changed for the better. This is what they aim to do at the Single Homeless Project, but if you would like to read some heart warming stories, do pop on to their website: https://www.shp.org.uk/

More than 1,000 homeless Londoners made safe

‘SHP is working with local government and charity partners across the capital to keep the city’s rough sleepers safe amid the COVID 19 pandemic. It is a charity which not only gives support but aims to transform lives.’

And finally another good news story:

3 Rough Sleepers in London Given Hotel Rooms in the crisis

Visit Stuart Bramhall’s blog post to read about it.

In every town and village across the country community spirit is shining through this period of darkness and fear and so it is also with the most vulnerable in our society. There are many ideas for raising money on each of the websites, or if you have any cash to spare then you can donate to support this vital work.

While I was writing about Dot (Dorothy), her resilience and fortitude guided her through the most traumatic of times, but she lived in the countryside surrounding the little imaginary country town of Drumford, so like many English market towns of today. Due to her location, her issues were quite different to these poor folks in London and so I’ll address them in the next post.


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