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This month, we were delighted to be involved with the 2018 edition of the Settle Stories Festival.

Nestled into the heart of the Dales, Settle boasts scenic views and community spirit. This first came to our attention when the town’s residents took their local vendor, Alan, under their wing.

Speaking about the town, Alan said: “It’s got a real community. It’s unbelievable. I’ve made more friends there in a few weeks than I have ever made in my life. I made the three-hour journey to get there on the bus every day because it’s such a good place, I’d love to move there. The people are great. When it was snowing, this bloke came up and bought all my magazines from me and then told me to go home. He even paid for my train fare.”

Settle Stories was keen to have real-life stories to go alongside its programme of traditional performance storytelling. So, needless to say, when the festival reached out to us to join their 2018 line up, we were happy to accept.

Our team delivered an hour long talk on the support we provide to those who are homeless, vulnerably housed or have little other means of generating an income. The talk featured input from a special guest, Alan – and who can tell our story better than one of our vendors?

After the talk, we moved into a gazebo in the town square for the afternoon, explaining more about our work to the festival-goers. We were again joined by Alan, who was selling the magazine using his new cashless payment machine.

Leeds Service Co-ordinator, Stacey- interviewed by Drystone Radio’s David Driver

While at the festival, we also spoke to Drystone Radio about our involvement in Settle Stories and shared more vendor stories. Our interview on the show The Writer’s Bookshelf will be aired at a later date in May.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended our session and to the organisers, volunteers and attendees of this fantastic event! We’re always looking for new opportunities to raise awareness of our vendors.

To request a talk for your organisation, event or community group, please email fundraising@bigissueinthenorth.com

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