The Big Issue : Edition 502
THE BIG ISSUE 8 – 21 JANUARY 2016 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 WOMEN WANTED! We need more women working as vendors! It’s a great way to meet people. I love to sell the magazine. I have a good day every day! Helen sells The Big Issue in various locations in Sydney. FAMILY BUSINESS I heard about The Big Issue from my dad, who has been a vendor for years. I started selling in 2012, took a break and came back in 2014. I have a cat called Squishy and the money I earn from selling magazines often goes towards her food. Selling The Big Issue also helps me to look after myself a lot better – I’ve got new clothes and shoes and have been able to afford a few things I want. The people in the Coburg area are great. I really feel like I’m a part of the community when I sell there. Gary S sells The Big Issue in Victoria Mall, Coburg and at Melbourne Central. HOBART HOME Hobart is a great place to live. I love it there. I’ve made some lovely friendships and also have long-term accommodation. I have a home. It’s such a relief. I volunteer with a women’s group and my organisational skills are shining through and appreciated. With this group I have had to learn how to receive hugs. Now I’m an expert, I even give them! Well, I’d best go as I have Melbourne shopping to do. De used to sell in Melbourne, but moved to Tasmania in June 2014. She recently visited us in Melbourne to say hello and give us an update. HOW TO MAKE PORK AND BEANS Ingredients 1 can ham-flavoured beans 1 can Spam Cheese spread Method Grate Spam into threads and add to beans. Add cheese spread. Cook over moderate heat. Serve on toast. Warning: this may give you wind. Adrian sells The Big Issue at Newtown, Sydney. INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF STREET PAPERS As The Big Issue is an INSP member, I have found that tourists are very interested in the magazine. During my two years as a vendor, I have met many people from different countries, such as Spain, Switzerland, Korea, Taiwan and the UK. They often stop for a chat, as they’re curious to know what’s inside the Australian Big Issue and what differences there are from their own country’s street magazine. A British customer mentioned that The Big Issue is published weekly in the UK, and I told her it is sold fortnightly here. A Taiwanese customer said she sometimes finds it hard to understand Australian English, I smiled at her and she still bought the magazine to give it a try! Obviously they have very good hearts and are willing to help the homeless and unemployed by buying the magazine. What momentum for street papers there is! Pat L sells The Big Issue at His Majesty’s/Shafto Lane and at various pitches across Perth. WOM EN’S SUBSCRIPTION ENTERPRISE This year I participated in The Big Shift, which is the annual celebration of the Women’s Subscription Enterprise. We are hoping to expand to Perth, but need to have local subscribers to kickstart it. Being engaged with WSE has had a significant impact on my life – particularly this year. It reminds me that I am valuable, capable and that I have something to contribute. I can’t give up because I’ve made a commitment. I have responsibilities. The people at WSE listen, support and encourage me, and I feel respected just as I am. I would love other women to have this opportunity too. Jai J sells The Big Issue in Pitt and Liverpool streets, Sydney. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends Melbourne vendor Erik was recently snapped selling in the rain by eminent Australian photographer Andrew Chapman, a past contributor to The Big Issue (and, yes, some bigger-name publications, too). Of his attitude to inclement weather, Erik says: “If it rains, I stay – and stay! It only sucks if I’m not getting any customers.” As Melbourne has been light on for rain this summer, the weather bureau (and gardeners) may yet get Erik to do his rain- dance again.