Big Issue North
Big Issue North 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.
Around 250 people sell Big Issue North each week. Big Issue North vendors buy the magazine from one of our regional offices for £1.25 and then sell it on established pitches in towns and cities for £2.50. They keep the £1.25 they make on every magazine. Selling Big Issue North also gives vendors motivation and helps to boost their self-esteem.
Big Issue North sellers are making a commitment to earn an income – working not begging. 75% of vendors have never begged, and 79% of the 20% 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.