Today (Monday April 12), Big Issue sellers in London returned to their pitch to sell the magazine for the first time since the third national lockout.
TBI, which offers homeless and vulnerable housed people a way to earn legitimate income, had stopped selling on the streets during the three nationwide closures as a safety measure.
But amid the easing of restrictions, the organization has confirmed that 1,400 sellers will return to sell the magazine in England and Wales.
TBI provides full PPE, contactless card payments, and the introduction of strict health and safety procedures at all distribution offices to ensure that security measures are maintained.
Mike Danks, 61, who sells the magazine outside Finsbury Park tube station, said: ‘Just get out of the house, get back to work and try to motivate myself to do something. positive thing.
“It was definitely a tough year, but I want to go back to The Big Issue and the customers.
“It will be nice to see people I have come to know over the past few years. I hope there won’t be another foreclosure.”
Norma Jean Taylor, 64, who sells the magazine outside Waterloo Station, said: “I look forward to seeing my people again and earning my daily bread.
“I want to meet my regulars to make sure they survived this crash or whatever you want to call it.
“Some of my regulars were old people and I’m worried about those who travel far – I guarantee some of them will just be working from home now, as they will find it better to do this than to go back. at work. I am looking forward to seeing other suppliers and making sure they are doing well as well as the customers. ”
Dave Martin, 59, who sells the magazine outside of Tesco, Hammersmith, said: “I’m already back on my field, handing out cards for my art website. I had a good return home.
“I know a lot of people and they are really happy to see me. This is what I missed when I was alone.
“When I come back to the magazine sale, I hope to see everyone. You have a connection, you have a rapport and I hope everyone is okay with Covid.
“The Big Issue staff welcomed me back and I love being here. It’s a social issue. It’s not just about selling the magazine.”
Lord John Bird, Founder of The Big Issue, said: “We are very proud and hope that after more than 22 weeks in detention our suppliers are back, able to reconnect with their local communities and earn a legitimate income. time. again.
“As always, we would like to thank everyone who has so generously supported us and our suppliers during this difficult time. Every donation and subscription that has been made or taken out means that we have been able to support the vendors while they have not been able to sell the magazine safely on the streets. ”
For more information or to locate your local supplier and purchase an issue directly from them, visit bigissue.com/support.
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This notice was published: 2021-04-12 12:32:59