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First aid is a Big Issue for homeless vendors

6 November 2013

The British Red Cross has teamed up with the Big Issue Foundation to teach life-saving skills to those selling the magazine on the streets.  

To mark the Big Issue’s annual Health Week (which runs from 4-8 November), the Red Cross is providing tailored first aid sessions to street vendors across towns and cities in the UK.

The organisation is also handing out specially made first aid leaflets – containing simple instructions on what to do in an emergency – that fit niftily into Big Issue ID badge holders.

Greater risk

Joe Mulligan, head of first aid education, said: “Homelessness exposes people to extreme weather, poor health, greater risk of infection and violent crime.

“All this makes a strong case for ensuring Big Issue vendors have basic first aid knowledge so they can offer support, particularly to other homeless people when they’re in need.”

Vulnerable people

The Red Cross already works regularly with this particularly vulnerable community. In the past year alone, it has given first aid training to over 1,600 homeless people across Britain.

The Big Issue magazine has a network of 2,000 vendors across the country.

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