Big Issue North is a business solution to a social problem.
It’s a limited company employing staff to produce and distribute a weekly magazine that is sold by people who have limited other ways of earning an income in the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber.
As well as selling the magazine, our vendors are given advice by staff on how to get help with anything from developing their skills or accessing English language courses, to getting housing, financial or health advice, which can help them achieve their goals and improve their lives for good.
Around 350 people sell Big Issue North each week. Big Issue North vendors buy the magazine from one of our regional offices for £1.50 and then sell it on established pitches in towns and cities for £3. They keep the £1.50 they make on every magazine. Selling Big Issue North also gives vendors motivation and helps to boost their self-esteem.
Big Issue North vendors are making a commitment to earn an income – working not begging. 75% of vendors have never begged, and all of the 19% of vendors who had committed crime prior to selling the magazine say they have offended less since they have been selling.
Big Issue North Trust is a registered charity (charity number 1056041), which raises funds to provide a range of support for vendors, including support accessing services, help getting ID, home furnishing packages and projects such as breakfast clubs.
The Trustees of the Big Issue North Trust are Fay Selvan, Edna Robinson, Mark Fitzgibbon and Safina Islam. Big Issue North and the Trust are part of The Big Life group – to find out more about what that means, and Big Life in general, visit here.
If you’d like to help us to support our vendors to change their lives for good, please click here.
To make a donation, please visit our JustGiving page, or text BINORTH to 70201 to give £1, 70331 to give £3, 70970 to give £5 or 70191 to give £10. Thank you.