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

SLOGAN: ‘A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT’

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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Walking over The Queensferry Crossing in aid of our new Kinghorn Community Library

In two weeks’ time, on Sunday 3rd September, we are lucky to have been allocated tickets to walk over the new bridge over the Forth, The Queensferry Crossing near Edinburgh, Scotland. It will be a motorway linking Edinburgh with Fife and the north, leaving the old road bridge initially to be repaired and then to be used for buses and taxis I believe.

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The Queensferry Crossing Scotland

I would like to make this a more meaningful experience for my community by raising much needed funds for our new library which will open officially on the same day, Sunday 3rd September.

I realise than many of you will not visit or benefit from our library, (although you would be more than welcome to pop by and say hello) but if you believe that reading should be encouraged from a very early age and that libraries are precious for our leisure, for education and as a focal point for community life then we’d really appreciate a donation of as little as £3 or $3 or much more if you are feeling generous. I am aiming for £200 and have a long way to go.

Follow this link to our Just Giving Page and the contribution will go directly into our Kinghorn Library bank account.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kinghornlibrary

On Saturday I took these pictures at the Queensferry Regatta when some very brave men and women competed in their skiffs. It is an excellent spot to view all of the bridges in their glory.

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