The Big Issue Does Chiswick

And encourages locals to give a hand up not a hand out


The Big Issue - a hand up, not a hand out...


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They'll be something very familiar with the new edition of The Big Issue as it is focusing on Chiswick. "Each week we highlight one high street or area and next week (7th March) it is Chiswick High Road. We are mentioning seven local businesses and shops, Chiswick House and", said spokesperson for The Big Issue.

Other articles include 'Cutting corners; Why the Conservative's programme of cuts will hit our kids first'.

The Big Issue exists to offer homeless and vulnerably housed people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income. The publication is a weekly entertainment and current affairs magazine which vendors buy for £1 and sell to the public for £2, keeping £1 for themselves. Vendors must adhere to a code of conduct whilst selling the magazine.

"We believe in offering ‘a hand up, not a hand out’, but we also recognise that earning an income is the first step on the journey away from homelessness."

The Big Issue Foundation is a registered charity which exists to link vendors with the vital support which will help them address the issues which have led to their homelessness. The Foundation works exclusively with vendors, offering support, advice and referrals.

March 3, 2011