The Big Issue

In the heart of the city, a small team of dedicated individuals is making a big difference in the lives of those they serve. Big Issue, a remarkable organization, has taken it upon themselves to uplift and empower the lives of their vendors, providing them with the tools and support they need to create sustainable income streams and build a better future for themselves and their families.

It was our privilege, as the Spirit Foundation team, to meet this powerhouse of an organization and witness firsthand the incredible work they are doing. From the moment we stepped into their offices, we were struck by the palpable energy and passion that filled the air. This was no ordinary team; these were individuals who have dedicated their lives to making a difference, and it showed in every interaction, every decision, and every action they took.

But what truly set The Big Issue apart is their unwavering commitment to restoring dignity and respect to the spirits and demenours of their vendors. They understand that true empowerment comes not from handouts or charity, but from providing people with the skills and opportunities they need to succeed on their own terms. And that’s exactly what they do, they offer their vendors a chance to learn new skills, develop their talents, and build a sustainable income streams that would allow them to support themselves and their families with pride and dignity.

As we met with the vendors themselves, we were struck by the gratitude and how some of them smiled with their eyes. These are people who have faced incredible hardshipss, who have struggled to make ends meet and provide for their loved ones. But with the support of The Big Issue, they have found a path forward, a way to create a better life for themselves and their families.

The Big Issue team goes above and beyond to ensure that each and every one of their vendors feels seen, heard, and valued. They provided emotional support, practical guidance, and lend an ear whenever their vendors need it. They celebrate their successes and stand by them through their struggles, creating a community of support and empowerment that extends far beyond the confines of their organization. We left the offices of The Big Issue, with full hearts. We had witnessed something truly special, a testament to the power of human connection, compassion, and a deep belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every individual.