According to Crisis, 8,096 people slept rough at some point in London during 2015/16, an increase of 7 per cent compared to 2014/15.
The Third Word Press invites the homeless, using their own money, to buy mini books and sell them at their own profit or loss. Your fundraising will enable The Third Word Press to distribute mini books at £1 each, which can be sold for £4 each. Depending on the size of edition The Third Word Press is able to provide and distribute, according to current sales equivalent of The Big Issue, this could produce a weekly profit of £120, with an average of 40 sales each, more at Christmas.
Working with our partner organization in London, we are setting up a savings scheme for the homeless vendors, whereby each vendor has to be saving for a specific need, beit new shoes or work clothes, to help them gain employment. This is to ensure that the money is spent wisely and effectively, and is a requirement to accessing our sales opportunity.
Each book has a reference link, whereby the final purchaser can leave feedback on the sales pitch and general approach of the homeless vendor. This is processed by us, and can be used as a reference for gaining future employment. This is The Third Word Press' envisaged exit strategy for the homeless.
The sales The Third Word Press makes to the homeless are reinvested in the project, producing yet another mini book for each one sold, making it a 100% sustainable project. In the unlikely event that for any reason The Third Word Presss has to discontinue its distribution of mini books to the homeless, it will instead donate an equal number of copies to homeless charities who have retail outlets; so instead of supporting the homeless directly, they will be supported indirectly.
To donate towards subsidising the printing of our mini books, click here and choose from the dropdown menu.