This website uses cookies for anonymised analytics and for account authentication. See our privacy and cookies policies for more information.

The voice of Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

Published by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

TFN is published by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6BB. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Registration number SC003558.

Global street paper network launches major fundraiser

This news post is over 1 year old

Glasgow-based charity appeals for donations to combat poverty and homelessness this Giving Tuesday

The International Network of Street Papers (INSP) has launched an appeal for donations to support people experiencing poverty and homelessness around the world this Giving Tuesday.

Since 1994, the Glasgow-based INSP has been bringing together and supporting street papers around the world to enable people in need to earn an income, access essential services and be part of the solution to poverty and homelessness.

The organisation has supported nearly 400,000 people in poverty since its inception, and over 90 street paper enterprises in 35 countries.

Last year, INSP published over 500 stories via its news service and its work helped put £17.9 million into the pockets of people who sell street papers.

Now, the organisation and its member street papers are appealing for public donations on Giving Tuesday as they face rising demand for their services amidst funding cuts and the cost of living crisis.

Mike Findlay, the charity’s chief executive, said: “While The Big Issue brand is well known here in the UK, the street paper movement is truly global. Collectively our network is committed to tackling poverty and homelessness through providing opportunities to earn an income.

“Street papers themselves are great vehicles for telling unheard and untold stories coming from the streets. Often, these centre on marginalised groups experiencing multiple disadvantages, including refugees, the LGBTQ+ community, the young, and the old.

“With recent events leading to the current cost of living crisis, the need for street papers could not be any more paramount. More and more people need opportunities to earn an income. That is why this Giving Tuesday we are seeking more supporters and donors to help tackle poverty and homelessness.”   

Giving Tuesday is a global campaign developed in response to Black Friday. It encourages people to do good and give to the causes they care about.

You can donate and find out more about the International Network of Street Papers here: