Category image & & to &

I’m just beginning with VueStoreFront and have 2 questions:

  1. I’m outputting the toplevelcategories on the homepage (in content) but I can’t find a method/way to also get the corresponding category-image with it…
  2. One of the categories uses & but it is also used as a string on the frontend. Any suggestions how to convert & to &??

Help is highly appreciated!