The Big Issue Challenge

Looking for a hands-on, team-building activity that makes a real difference? The Big Issue has the perfect challenge for you!

Vendor Jeff helps the team do The Big Issue Challenge

The Big Issue Challenge tests creativity and determination as teams hit the streets to help Big Issue vendors sell as many magazines as possible. 

Along with having a direct, immediate impact on the lives of Big Issue vendors you work with, teams come away from the Challenge with greater empathy, resilience and other valuable, real-world skills that can’t be learnt at a desk.

What the Challenge includes:

  • Learn about homelessness and disadvantage first hand from a street vendor who will share their experiences that brought them to The Big Issue and how their life has changed since.
  • Form teams to brainstorm and design a creative campaign that will stand out on the street and sell magazines.
  • Get out of your comfort zone and experience what it’s like to be a Big Issue vendor as you try to sell as many copies of the magazine as you can.
  • Return to the office, debrief about the tough, fast-paced adventure you just experienced, and find out which team won the Challenge!


The Big Issue Challenge is a paid half-day experience running in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra



"[There’s a] sense of accomplishment: that we’re achieving something greater than us." – SPS Commerce, Sydney

"If you’re looking for a team building activity with meaning – I highly recommend The Big Issue in Australia’s Big Issue Challenge. REA Group’s People & Culture team took the Challenge to day & we learnt a lot." – REA Group, Melbourne