We Pay Tribute to the Volunteers Working Hard Behind the Scenes at The Big Issue

21 May 2018 Magazine

We Pay Tribute to the Volunteers Working Hard Behind the Scenes at The Big Issue

To mark National Volunteer Week 2018, The Big Issue would like to say a BIG, heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers who generously give their time, energy and compassion to people in need.

Over the past 12 months a total of 544 volunteers put in an extraordinary 4,009 hours of work in support of homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people.

Most of our volunteers come from our corporate supporters who, along with helping The Big Issue in many ways, lent us their most valuable resource: their employees.

Here are some of the ways volunteers support us throughout the year:


Vendor breakfasts

An army of volunteer cooks served 2,520 hot breakfasts to our street vendors at the fortnightly magazine launch and vendor breakfasts around the country.

Stockland staff Katherine, Greg and Bonny join forces at a vendor breakfast in Sydney. 

There are lots of smiles at breakfast time, as demonstrated by enthusiastic PEXA volunteers Julie and Josh.

Susie, Maryanne and Rebecca from Bank Australia prepare for a vendor breakfast in Melbourne. 

And a vendor breakfast wouldn’t be complete without some Big Issue aprons, modelled here by volunteers Danielle, Prue and Daniel from Origin Energy.


Women’s Subscription Enterprise call centre

Origin volunteers help run our Women’s Subscription Enterprise call centre in the Big Issue’s offices.

Volunteers like Jane and Cathy provide great customer support to subscribers and training to our women.


Street soccer training

Volunteers join our street soccer players for a friendly kick at training sessions all around Australia.

Volunteering at street soccer is great fun and good exercise, as you can see from the looks on these Salesforce staff who volunteered (and played) in Sydney.

Thank you to Accenture, Affix, Australia Post, Bank Australia, Bosch, MSS Security, Herbert Smith Freehills, Open Colleges, Origin, PEXA, QBE, Salesforce, Stockland, The Body Shop, Town Square, Westpac for supporting The Big Issue and our corporate volunteering program.

Our street vendors, Women’s Subscription Enterprise employees and Street Soccer players love engaging with volunteers. By giving their time to The Big Issue community, your staff are making a real difference in the lives of homeless, disadvantaged and marginalised people.

Find out how to become a Big Issue corporate supporter and get your staff involved with volunteering – it’s also shown to have enormous benefits for people who take part, from personal development and confidence to resilience and empathy.  

And there are great returns for companies that offer corporate volunteering opportunities, such as high staff retention, positive workplace culture and employees feeling their work is aligned with their values.

National Volunteer Week (21 to 27 May 2018) is an annual celebration to acknowledge more than six million Australians who volunteer their time to strengthen local communities.

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