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Nominate your boss!

Dear GoDoSeeBuy!
I thought your readers would like to nominate their bosses to sleep out under the stars for one night to raise money for people like Mia (pictured below).

CEO Sleepout helps young people like Mia who became homeless and was at risk of sleeping rough in London.

“Without the support I received I would have been on the streets in the cold and the rain.”


By signing their boss up now to the CEO Sleepout London event on 12th October 2015 they will be joining other CEOs to stop homelessness and poverty across London.

Nominate your boss by emailing with their name, email address and phone number.

More information at:

Thank you
Andy Preston, Chairman, CEO Sleepout



Dear GoDoSeeBuy!
Want to have a go at changing your drinking but in your own time?

See how taking a month off feels with Club Soda’s online support programme The Mob.

Starting on 24 September, at just £1.50 a day you will get everything you need to get you through a month off booze.

Sign-up here:

Thanks Laura, Club Soda.

GoDoSeeBuy! add, we featured Club Soda in issue 7 to read this piece, click here (it’s the second story).

Send your comments to:, or write to: GoDoSeeBuy! The Big Issue, 1-5 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LN or tweet to: @GoDoSeeBuy


Escape from a life gone wrong: the importance of prison libraries & their staff

Over 85,000 men, women and young people in England and Wales live life behind bars. CILIP’s Prison Libraries Group are librarians who work in libraries in prisons of all stripes: male prisons, female prisons, juvenile institutions, immigration detention centres, sexual offender units and so on.

Unique challenges come with the territory: security constraints, prison access issues, internet filtering, political sensitivities and extremely low overall literacy levels. In far from ideal conditions, prison librarians’ professional expertise is in providing a properly managed library service targeted at the specific demographic of the population of their prison and encouraging that population to benefit from it.

Prisoners are frequently mistrustful of the prison authorities and often have poor social skills. Many haven’t engaged with the education system during their life.

When they step inside the library they find a different environment to the rest of the prison regime where they can think beyond their incarceration: a neutral space that can be theirs.


Prison library staff support a shift in prisoner mentality through their approach, expertise and the provision of services. There is widespread success around national reading for pleasure initiatives run via prison libraries including the Six Book Challenge and Storybook Mums and Dads. The library offers resources for formal and informal learning so that prisoners can learn a skill, gain a qualification or find something they enjoy for the first time ever. Staff run competitions, group book clubs, author visits. There is laughter. There is a tangible contribution to the essential processes of socialisation and rehabilitation for many of these prisoners.

In the prison library, prisoners find a professional who is non-judgemental, not part of the prison regime, who they can trust to give them accurate information and resources to make life better during their time in prison and opportunities for a different way of life on the other side when they get out.

Not every prisoner will want this, but the prison library and its staff help to create that will.

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