Stars of school social enterprise take on the challenge of the Big Issue sale!

And Lornshill Academy in Clackmannanshire were also delighted to feature in the magazine, selling copies to the school in support of their social enterprise, the Lornshill Café.

Kelso High students put on an impressive display to promote the magazine’s feature on their social enterprise at their Careers Fayre this week, and copies were selling out fast!

On sale until Sunday across the UK from Big Issue sellers, the magazine features a 24-page supplement devoted to showcasing the best and brightest school social enterprises not just in Scotland but across the UK and in the growing international movement of young social entrepreneurs.

Supported by Social Enterprise Academy International, our special showcased the growing number of schools working to support their communities in South Africa, Australia, Malaysia and Egypt.

And while at The Big Issue offices, our primary school visitors spent time with our colleagues from the International Street Newspaper Network, learning about the global impact street newspapers are having in the fight to get out. people of poverty.

Our special issue has been backed by leading politicians, with MSP Monica Lennon, a leading campaigner against period poverty in Scotland. She highlighted the fantastic poverty-stricken social enterprise run by Kinross High School and Grangemouth High’s work in glassware and retail, which supports Strathcarron Hospice.

The special edition also attracted national media attention, appearing in over 250 articles, including Metro, The Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Independent, The Herald and The Scotsman.

This is the fourth year that The Big Issue has partnered with the Social Enterprise Academy, who have ensured our special edition is the star attraction at famous venues.

As Neil McLean, Managing Director of the Social Enterprise Academy points out, our takeover edition and the energy of all the activity taking place in the schools around it is a celebration of the change that can happen when we give our young people the means to believe that they are capable of solving the social and environmental problems that keep them awake at night.

“Partnering with The Big Issue has become a big moment in the calendar for everyone at Social Enterprise Academy. The students featured in this year’s magazine are helping to create more sustainable and inclusive communities for all of us, and we want to ensuring that every young person has access to this type of hands-on learning experience.

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