Big Issue Foundation

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"The Big Issue was launched in 1991 by Gordon Roddick and A. John Bird in response to the growing number of rough sleepers on the streets of London. The two believed that the key to solving the problem of homelessness lay in helping people to help themselves. Vendors buy their magazines with their own money and sell them at their own profit or loss.

"To complement the self-help ethos of The Big Issue Magazine, The Big Issue Foundation was established in 1995 to link vendors with the vital support and services which help them address the issues that led to and have arisen as a result of being homeless.

"Since its creation the Foundation has provided services and referrals to address issues around housing, health, finances, education, employment and personal aspirations."[1]

Board of Trustees

Accessed October 2013: [2]



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  1. Big Issue Foundation History, organizational web page, accessed October 10, 2013.
  2. Big Issue Foundation Board of Trustees, organizational web page, accessed October 10, 2013.