You can become a vendor of Big Issue North if you are homeless, vulnerably housed or in need of earning an income. Here’s how you go about it:
Make an appointment at your nearest office (see addresses here). If you have problems getting to an office, you can contact us by phone and we will try to make alternative arrangements.
Attend an initial meeting: a member of our team will chat with you to assess whether or not selling Big Issue North is right for you and to look at any additional support you might need. We will also outline our vendor expectations by which we expect all vendors to abide.
Next steps: When you become a vendor, you will receive a Big Issue North bib and badge so people know you’re an authorised vendor and you will be be given 5 free magazines to get you started.
How does it work again? After your initial 5 free magazines, you buy the magazine for £1.25 and sell it for £2.50, keeping the profit for yourself.
Where can I sell? We have many pitches available across the north of England (see map) and we carry out regular outreach sessions to visit vendors to see how they’re getting on. You will find out about pitches at your initial meeting.
If you need further support: We help our vendors access the services they need – whether that’s accommodation; training and education, access to GPs, dentists and other health and social support services, or other projects such as art and gardening.
By selling Big Issue North, you can earn an income, get support and advice, and build up self-esteem, confidence and motivation. We help vendors to help themselves and change their lives.