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The Big Issue Group

The Big Issue Group

The Big Issue Group: Doesn't provide shelter Doesn't provide shelter
The Big Issue Group: Provides guidance Provides guidance
The Big Issue Group: Provides new skill learning Provides new skill learning
The Big Issue Group: Accepts time Accepts time
The Big Issue Group: Doesn't accept things Doesn't accept things
The Big Issue Group: Accepts money Accepts money

Contact Details

The Big Issue Group Address: Methodist Annex, Jeune Street, Oxford   - OX4 1BN
Methodist Annex, Jeune Street, Oxford
The Big Issue Group Phone Number: 01865 247070
01865 247070

Service Type

Positive activities and help into employment

Service Description

The Big Issue, Ltd exists to help homeless and vulnerably-housed people earn a legitimate income by selling The Big Issue magazine to the public. 

The Big Issue Group seeks to deliver social and financial inclusion through Vendor Outreach Workers who help the magazine Vendors achieve their goals. 

From a few office basesincluding Oxfordtheir small team reach out to the vending community across the United Kingdom, working on the street, granting money to help fulfil personal aspirations, making telephone referrals and establishing partnerships; all focused on supporting Vendors in their personal journeys towards a better life.

Key functions & activities offered

  • Their mission is to connect every Vendor to the support and personal solutions that enable them to rebuild their lives
  • Service brokerage is the Big Issue Group’s core work. Every new Vendor has an induction with a Vendor Outreach Worker when they start selling. This is the first point of contact and helps capture basic information, identify needs, make informed referrals to the most appropriate specialist service providers, and draw up an action plan
  • Vendor Outreach Workers and Vendors then review the action plan approximately every three months. These reviews consider sales, money management, accommodation, health, addressing addictions, and aspirations
  • The focus on sales helps upskill Vendors, enabling them to progress towards more sustainable outcomes