The Big Issue : Edition 494
THEBIGISSUE25SEP–8OCT2015 7 All contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work. For the latest Big Issue news visit thebigissue.org.au or find us on: • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue STREETSHEET SUPER SOCCER COACH ES I would like to say a big thank you to Sean and Simon for being our Big Issue Community Street Soccer coaches. You guys are awesome! Thank you to The Big Issue for organising Street Soccer. It is good to have for all sorts of reasons, but for me it has mainly improved my fitness. Mary attends the Perth Community Street Soccer Program every Tuesday at Wellington Square. GOOD DECISION The reason I started at The Big Issue is because Steve got me involved. I know him from CARA (Community Accommodation and Respite Agency). He is also a vendor. We both have a disability. I have cerebral palsy, but it doesn’t stop me from working! I’ve done some packaging work before, but this is the first time I’m trying to run my own business. It’s challenging trying to get new customers. You need good customer skills and you need to be good with money, too. I’ve been doing it for five months now and I’ve got a lot of regular customers. They always find me, even when I work at different pitches. I enjoy selling The Big Issue and chatting to people. It keeps me busy and helps metosaveupformyownvan.Ineed it so my carer can take me to different places. I’m almost half way there. I’m also trying to start my own candle business online. My dad is helping me with this. I keep busy. In the first week of November I’m going to Melbourne. I’ve been invited to give a speech on the SDM (Structured Decision Making) program, which was about how to make decisions for yourself. I’m really excited about this! I will be speaking in front of many people. Interesting fact about me: two years ago I skydived. I loved it! I’m not scared of heights! Michael L sells The Big Issue at Adelaide Arcade, James Place and other pitches in the Adelaide CBD. ALWAYS A CROSSWORD I sold The Big Issue at the Perth Science Festival this year, which was held at the Arts Centre. I met a lady who quickly approached me to buy a magazine. And she said, “This has the best crossword ever!” She seemed more interested in the crossword than the cover story! At a different pitch another lady bought the magazine as well. She told me she buys it for her husband because he loves to do the crossword and eagerly waits for the next edition to find the missing answers. Keep up the good work team. You’ve got the talent to catch the customers indeed! Pat L sells The Big Issue at various pitches across Perth. GOOD, HONEST WORK My name is Mike. I work for The Big Issue. I enjoy working because it keeps me off the pokies. I also work as a busker playing my djembe drum. I don’t earn much but it’s good work and enjoyable. It’s about sharing and God. I enjoy reading, playing and listening to music. Maybe some day I can meet a partner to settle down with. Mike H sells The Big Issue in Melbourne. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends ME AND MY SLEEPING BAG In 2014, I started selling The Big Issue. It was really cold in the morning in wintertime – once it got as low as minus one and then only a high of six or seven during the day. To combat the cold I started using a sleeping bag while I was selling. I see a lot of people while I’m selling, in my sleeping bag, and I enjoy meeting people in the area. One day a lady came out of Melbourne Central Station, saw me in my sleeping bag and said with wild eyes, “Now, I’ve seen everything!” We now speak often whenever she sees me working at the station. My sleeping bag is very cosy. Sometimes I even fall asleep in it while I’m working. Phil L sells The Big Issue at Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament stations, Melbourne.