The Women's Subscription Enterprise (WSE) has launched in Perth, with the first official shift held on 22 November.
Supporters from the corporate, government and community sectors came together to mark the occasion and pack magazines alongside the new WSE employees.
The Women's Subscription Enterprise is an employment alternative for homeless and disadvantaged women who may feel vulnerable selling The Big Issue magazine on the streets.
Employees instead pack copies of The Big Issue for distribution to subscribers in a secure environment. The Women’s Subscription Enterprise has employed more than 130 women in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide since it launched on the east coast in 2010.
The Big Issue CEO Steven Persson said the first shift was an exciting milestone for the organisation and the Perth community.
“We are delighted to commence this much-needed initiative in Perth. Many women employed through the program interstate have made remarkable changes in their lives, as they experience the benefits of having a job and being socially connected. We look forward to offering further employment opportunities as the number of subscribers grows.”
The Big Issue received funding from the Westpac Foundation and Westpac Women’s Markets to help establish the Women’s Subscription Enterprise in Western Australia.
View photos of the first Western Australian shift here. To find out more about the WSE or subscribe, click here.