Sign up to The Bristol Sleep Out to support Big Issue vendors

January 26 2018

Sign up today to The Bristol Sleep Out to support Big Issue vendors to take steps away from the streets.

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Sign up today to The Bristol Sleep Out to support Big Issue vendors to take steps away from the streets.

On Friday 2 March, The Big Issue Foundation (TBIF) are teaming up with homelessness organisations in Bristol for the 11th annual Sleep Out. 

The event is organised by The Bristol Homeless Forum and will see participants grab 40 winks in the grounds of Pip ‘n’ Jay Church on the final night of Homeless Awareness Week (24 February – 3 March).

TBIF is calling out to people from around the South West to sign up to this fun Friday night challenge with friends, family and colleagues to make a difference to the lives of Big Issue vendors. 

Last year over 150 people participated in the event and raised over £60,000. The night will provide a small insight into what it may be like without a safe place to call home and help highlight the reality of homelessness in the city.

Bristol has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country and Bristol Homelessness Awareness Week will raise awareness of homelessness, those at risk of becoming homeless and the issues facing rough sleepers in Bristol. 

The Big Issue Foundation count many rough sleepers among their vendors in Bristol and work together in partnership with other agencies in the area to help them take steps toward attaining accommodation both in the short and longer term.

Stephen Robertson, CEO of The Big Issue Foundation, said: “Big Issue vendors face the realities of poverty, exclusion and homelessness on a daily basis. The Bristol sleep out will raise vital funds to support our work to help change more lives for good. 

“Please do join us on the night in the knowledge that each and every participant will be playing a part in creating positive social change and hope for the future.”

The Big Issue Foundation addresses the wider needs of Big Issue vendors, beyond earning an income. They offer support to vendors in order for them to access healthcare, housing, banking and to rebuild their aspirations. 

Register to join The Big Issue Foundation Team for just £10, with a fundraising target of £200 per person. 

The money raised will ensure positive steps forward for Big Issue vendors. Read more and sign up at: www.bigissue.org.uk/Bristol