Readers turn sellers for #VendorWeek

More than 20 people across the north gave an hour of their time last week to sell Big Issue North alongside our regular vendors, as part of #VendorWeek.

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More than 20 people across the north gave an hour of their time last week to sell Big Issue North alongside our regular vendors, as part of #VendorWeek.

From Liverpool to Hull, and everywhere in between, our readers and supporters of the magazine got an insight into the highs and lows of life selling the magazine – from sub-zero temperatures and being ignored by passers-by, to the heart-warming small acts of kindness that punctuated their hour.

Narun, one of our guest sellers in Liverpool, commented on the experience: “It’s really a tough job, my fingers are frozen and my nose is frozen! It’s tough to be homeless and if you can get something you can do to earn a little bit of money to pay your rent and have some food it is better than to have to sleep outside.

“I know, when I buy the magazine, I am helping somebody to get some food and get some shelter. I would encourage everybody to try to buy a copy every single week, the people are not begging they are working so try to help them earn a living.”

You can watch the guest sellers in action and hear their thoughts on our #vendorweek YouTube playlist.

#Vendorweek in numbers

• 23 people
• 19 vendors
• 8 locations
• 5 days

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We have taken the difficult decision to tell our vendors that they cannot sell Big Issue North on the streets during the Coronavirus pandemic, for the safety of the public and themselves.

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