This year The Big Issue is teaming up with other homeless organizations in Bristol for the second Big Sleep Out on Friday the 28th of February 2014, at the Pip ‘n’ Jay Church, Bristol.  

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The Big issue is a unique charity that not only helps our vendors run their own ‘micro-business’, but also supports and encourages vendors to make further changes to their lives so they can move away from homelessness and back into main stream society.The Big Issue offers some of the most excluded people in the country a unique opening to take some control of their lives and earn a legitimate income. Vendors make a personal choice to buy the magazines for 50% of the cover price, taking charge of their finances and sales whilst developing the skills required to retail to the public. Building around the unique trust that they establish with people who are homeless and guiding them towards their future success. The Big Issue believe in the merits of work and do all they can to support the vendors, whether that is health, helping to manage their finances, housing, future employment and even encouraging to take up new hobbies and interests.

The number of homeless citizens has increased dramatically in Bristol, as the numbers raise the involvement in outreach and supporting more vendors follows. The outreach team provides motivation and encouragement. The team also brings the vendors more magazines for them to purchase if needed, but also to interact and communicate with the vendors, and identify any support needs or welfare issues they might need.

This year The Big Issue is teaming up with other homeless organizations in Bristol for the second Big Sleep Out on Friday the 28th of February 2014, at the Pip ‘n’ Jay Church, Bristol. The night is not a complete homeless experience but a small insight into what it might be like without a safe place to call home, having to rely on the support of others. It will be cold, it will be memorable and it will make a difference. It is what 2,200 people are faced with every night in England alone. There is a low fundraising target of just £25 but don’t let that stop you, you can aim to raise whatever you can as all the funds you donate will support our work funding hundreds of homeless and vulnerably housed Big Issue vendors in the Bristol area. The Sleep Out is open to anyone 14 and over but if you are under 18 you will need to be accompanied with an adult with your parent or guardians consent. The Big Issue wants to raise awareness of the productive, life changing things they do, to help as many vendors as possible as the numbers of homelessness increase.

http://www.bigissue.org.uk/event/big-sleep-out-bristol for more information.