Vendor Spotlight: Good News Shared

Vendor Spotlight: Good News Shared

Good News Shared is shining a light on the uplifting, charitable things that are happening all around us to help people feel more optimistic and to inspire people to make positive contributions to their community.

Studies have found that hearing and sharing good news can have a number of positive effects on us, including increased optimism and reduced stress levels. Good News Shared aims to put this at the forefront, promoting charitable events and positive mental health.

They have since created a guided journal with daily reflection questions to help you notice, remember and appreciate the good things from your day.

Called, The Moments Journal, this book gives you a positivity boost every evening as countless studies have shown focusing on positive moments, kindness and good news can increase your happiness and reduce your stress levels.

The Royal Collection

Royal Wedding Collection

The Royal Wedding Collection

We are proud to present to you The Big Issue’s Royal Wedding Collection – guaranteed to be your Antiques Roadshow treasures of the future! This exclusive range of commemorative objects to treasure are all designed by contributors to our Street Art page and artists who have experienced homelessness. We have portraits by John Sheehy, Jo Adamson and Geraldine Crimms, whilst our stunning cover was created by David Tovey.

A unique way to celebrate – Big Issue style!

Celebrating The Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding

Portrait Royal Wedding

 

Vendor Spotlight: Jerry

Jerry Bottle

Vendor Spotlight: Jerry

Jerry cares about decreasing plastic bottle pollution, getting clean water to everyone and furthermore, keeping you in good health. A million single-use plastic water bottles are bought around the world every minute and Jerry believes we need to change this environmental crisis together. All profits from the sale of Jerry’s beautiful reusable water bottles go to making clean water projects across India and Tanzania, with their sister company – The Waterfall Charity.

As well as this, by looking at the bottom of the reusable steel jerry water bottle, there will be the coordinates of the water project that purchase has funded so you can trace exactly which village your bottle is funding.

Jerry is working on setting up free-refill spots by working with shops and restaurants to let people fill their jerry bottles. They also work with corporate companies, schools and universities to educate and encourage people about sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic bottles.

SHOP JERRY 

Jerry

Vendor Spotlight: Forgiveness Project

The Forgiveness Project

Vendor Spotlight: Forgiveness Project

The Forgiveness Project works in communities, prisons, schools, and with anyone wishing to explore peaceful solutions to conflict and pain.
All profits from the sale of The Forgiveness Project products go back into the project enabling them to support more people.

Founded in 2004 by journalist, Marina Cantacuzino, The Forgiveness Project provides resources and experiences to help people examine and overcome their own unresolved grievances. The testimonies they collect ”bear witness to the resilience of the human spirit and act as a powerful antidote to narratives of hate and dehumanisation, presenting alternatives to cycles of conflict, violence, crime and injustice.”

The Forgiveness Project

This idea informs their work across multiple platforms – in publications and educational resources, through the international F Word exhibition, in public conversations, and their award-winning RESTORE prison programme.

RESTORE is The Forgiveness Project’s award-winning, intensive group-based intervention programme that supports prisoners in their process of change towards a crime-free life. They currently have two publications out, the most recent one – Forgiveness is Really Strange is a beautifully illustrated book that explores the complexity of forgiveness. The Forgiveness Project collates powerful real-life stories from survivors and perpetrators of crime and violence worldwide. They reveal the very real impact of forgiveness on their lives and offers alternatives to resentment, retaliation and revenge.

the Forgiveness Project

We’ve Got A New Spring Look!

New Page

We’ve Got A New Spring Look!

We’re excited to show you our new look here at the Big Issue Shop! We’ve got lots of new things to check out, including a new layout throughout our store. We also have revamped vendor pages – so you can find out more about your favourite social enterprises and who you’re supporting. 

Arthouse Meath

The Big Issue

There’s also updated product pages which better state the social echo! All our products support a variety of causes and people. So, take a look and make your money go further with the Big Issue Shop: 

Check Out The New Shop

 

 

 

Street Art: Anthony Pye

Anthony Pye

Street Art: Giving Marginalised Individuals an Outlet for Creative Expression

Every week in The Big Issue, our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression, as well as a platform to sell their prints through The Big Issue Shop.

Antony Pye suffers from psychosis and was homeless for a long period of time after being kicked out of his parents’ house. After staying in different places including a tent, a boat and a garden shed, he now finally has a flat of his own. “I do not want anybody experiencing what I had to,” he says, “I want to help those who are in need by the distribution of survival goods starting off with survival blankets with art on them.”

Vendor Spotlight: Impossible

Impossible Photo Credit: Peppermint Magazine

Vendor Spotlight: Impossible

Impossible creates products with a transparent supply chain and great design. They aim to give consumers more choice by knowing where the products come from and who they are made by. Every Impossible product has great people and a great story behind it.

One of these products is the Josiah ceramic speaker. This Bluetooth speaker is made from Cornish clay in Stoke-on-Trent and hand finished in London. This speaker is chargeable and portable so perfect for summer evenings out in the garden or long baths in the winter. Josiah is compatible with any smartphone that is Bluetooth enabled and has no buttons as it features a unique touch interface.

This product is presented in recycled and recyclable materials and is available here.

Speaker

Speaker

 

Vendor Spotlight: The Social Mercenary

The Social Mercenary

Vendor Spotlight: The Social Mercenary

Founded by Jack Fellows, The Social Mercenary is dedicated to bringing a distinctly West African flavour to modern street apparel. They take an ethical approach to textile manufacturing and have teamed up with social enterprises in Ghana to create a unique range of clothing, bags and accessories. All of their products are manufactured using local fabrics and our business supports local communities to create an incredible set of unique on-trend products.

It all started in Hong Kong when Jack, working in a job he didn’t enjoy living in a room effectively the size of a coffin he began to think of those precious times back in Ghana and back to those beautiful fabrics that so inspired him and, the amount of attention and praise he got for his new, quirky backpack.

It took time but day after day Jack shared this message with others and at one particular fair, was dragging people in through the door in order to tell people about his mission. “On the days that I didn’t have meetings I took a suitcase full of bags and flyers down to the local universities and just set up and told my story to EVERY single person that walked past”. After time Jack began to sell more and more bags and was even picked up by news journalist Alessandro Meccheri that studied at Hong Kong University.

Jack then managed to make enough money to go back to Ghana, where he met Ethical Apparel Africa. He found with the first set of backpacks that they were all so different and that quality wasn’t consistent throughout. After several meetings with EAA they have redesigned the backpacks for superior quality.

Street Art: Mary Vallely

Mary Vallely

Street Art: Giving Marginalised Individuals an Outlet for Creative Expression

Every week in The Big Issue, our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression, as well as a platform to sell their prints through The Big Issue Shop.

Mary Vallely studied art and design for five years in college and has been working as an artist in London for 10 years, selling and exhibiting work through Café Art and Crisis. She has a history of homelessness and uses day Centre’s to access art materials. “Art helps with my depression,” says Mary. “I love using colour, it helps my mood. The sadder I am the more colour comes out, the pain becomes beautiful. I love to experiment and my art is always changing and evolving.”

Mary Vallely

Street Art: Stavros Enilaou

Street Art Print

Street Art: Giving Marginalised Individuals an Outlet for Creative Expression

Every week in The Big Issue, our Street Art page gives talented, marginalised individuals an outlet for creative expression, as well as a platform to sell their prints through The Big Issue Shop.

Stavros Enilaoui is a Greek national originally from North Africa who came to the UK five years ago. He was reintroduced to painting – something he had enjoyed as a youth – via the 240 Project, a West London arts and health activity centre for people affected by homelessness, vulnerability and exclusion, whom he approached for support while rough sleeping on Ladbroke Grove. Painting for Stavros is a joyous thing that comes from a happy place.