After six months in Melbourne, Scott has seen the light and returned to the sunny skies of Sydney. Formally a vendor selling The Big Issue at Potts Point, the “man in the chair” is working a new pitch outside IGA on Oxford Street. “It’s all just starting up [again] so I have to get it all going again. If I sit in a different position or if I don’t have a chair no one knows it’s actually me.”
DARLINGTON: The Big Issue works to support and create job opportunities for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people. Susan Leith-Miller, Manager of The Big Issue in NSW, appreciates that members of the community help vendors rebuild their confidence and pride.
Glenn first began work with The Big Issue seven years ago. Medical issues were causing him much distress when looking for a job. Glenn knew he needed a reliable job that he would be able to do and excel at. Glenn had seen Big Issue vendors on the street, and knew it would be a good fit for him. “I needed to do something active, something that would get me up and out, earning myself a good income.”
Mark was born in Canberra and has been living in Sydney for a little over a month.
Andrew was born in England and grew up in Sydney. He has been selling The Big Issue on and off for five years and his pitch is on Macleay Street in Potts Point outside Woolworths.
This year marks James’ 12th anniversary as a Big Issue vendor. He has come a long way since sleeping on the 12.09am Lithgow train to stay warm during the night.
Helen has been a vendor for The Big Issue since April 2012 and sold her first magazine on her birthday. Since that day, she hasn’t looked back. “Before…
The Big Issue is Australia’s leading social enterprise. It is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that develops solutions to help homeless, disadvantaged and marginalised people positively change their lives. The Big Issue magazine is published fortnightly and sold on the streets by vendors who purchase copies for $3 and sell them for $6, keeping the difference.