Coming Up from the Streets: The Story of the Big Issue by Tessa Swithinbank

By Tessa Swithinbank

The luck tale of "The significant factor" is either inspirational and paradoxical; instead of a charity, it's a flourishing enterprise, yet person who surely advantages these concerned. The journal is bought by way of homeless and weak humans and, in go back, they in achieving monetary independence and standing, and self-reliance. the tale of the paper's improvement has a pragmatic perspective; it may provide support and insights to NGOs and governments concerned with the homeless, or these companies wishing to establish corporations for the typical solid.

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Despite his mixed response from both homeless people and the voluntary sector, John pushed ahead. After completing the feasibility study with Richard Preston, he received the go-ahead to launch. The Body Shop provided the initial finance of £30,000 to carry the business through to the launch. He had four months, from May to September 1991, to build a team and produce the first edition. He says: ‘As it developed, it became obvious that we were really flying by the seat of our pants. We didn’t know where we were going.

They did not believe they could or even wanted to. On the other hand, they were angry with all the things that left them homeless, on the streets relying on the kindness of strangers. They wanted to be empowered by earning their own money and breaking from dependency. They talked about the difficulties of finding work which was virtually impossible because they had no permanent address and often turned up for a job looking dishevelled and dirty. Therefore, how could they make money, other than by robbing or by begging?

This was in the early days of Prime Minister John Major’s Conservative administration, when homeless people were seen by many as aggressive beggars who were a social nuisance on the The Big Issue 25/7a 31/7/01 10:49 am Page 27 T HE B IG I SSUE I S B ORN 27 streets. As an alternative to begging, the paper would enable homeless people to relate to the public. John needed to know three things. If he gave homeless people an alternative to begging and a way of earning a legitimate income, would they be happy with this?

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