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Talk by John Bird, Founder of the Big Issue

John Bird, was brought up in an orphanage from the age of 5 and served time in a young offenders institution before he was out of his teens. During the turbulent and difficult times of his youth he often slept rough as one of London’s homeless.  He founded the Big Issue 21 years ago.  The weekly magazine achieves its mass circulation through being sold on the streets of the UK and only by vendors who are homeless or vulnerably housed.   In transforming himself from being part of the problem of society into being part of the solution, John has become a globally admired social entrepreneur.

John will be discussing self educating your way out of homelessness, why he loves Lambeth and social opportunity through greening London.

Monday, 30th September, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm)


Admission free.

Refreshments available.    JB - Portrait by Martin Gammon






One response to “Talk by John Bird, Founder of the Big Issue”

  1. Philomena Corrigan avatar
    Philomena Corrigan

    I will certainly be taking this opportunity to see John Bird speak. I buy the Big Issue and regularly read his column. His ‘quick reads’ book ‘How to change your life in 7 steps’ is one that I have found very useful for my own life. I have recommended it, quoted it and referred to it in my pre-retirement roles as a higher education lecturer, nurse and coach.

    The key idea of the sellers of the Big Issue being given a “hand up, not a hand out” should appeal to people of the right, left and centre of politics

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