MD John sells Big Issue for INSP
Our Managing Director John McLeish took to the streets of Glasgow to sell The Big Issue and raise awareness of homelessness during the annual Vendor Week.
Why did you choose to get involved with Vendor Week?
Too often I see someone living homeless I can’t help but think given extra support it could be avoided. Those who actively sell the Big Issue are trying to improve their lives. That has to be recognised.
Why do you think local business owners should get involved with initiatives like Vendor Week?
It’s happening on our doorstep. We have a responsibility to the local community to raise awareness and offer our support. I think it is also motivational for the vendors to have others take a real interest whilst offering encouragement.
How would you describe your experience handing out the Big Issue?
It reminds you how lucky you are. It was not an easy task. My experience was nothing in comparison to those who do it day in day out, in all weather conditions. You really have to be committed to make things better for yourself. It was a humbling experience.
Has this made you view Big Issue vendors in a different light?
No as I have always supported them. I think anyone who is prepared to work at creating a better life for themselves deserves support and encouragement.
What did you learn from this experience?
We can do more. Unfortunately there appears to be more and more homeless people on our streets. That is very sad and we need to do something about that. We are a civilised society and I believe by raising awareness and support for such causes has got to be a good thing. If this type of activity helps improve the lives of a few, it is a few more than the day before.
International Street Paper Vendor Week takes place every year in February and is run by the International Network of Street Papers.
If you’d like to donate to this cause, please visit John’s donation page.