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New digs for The Big Issue

REDFERN: The NSW office of The Big Issue will be moving into new premises in Little Eveleigh Street, Redfern, on November 7 reports Reece Meredith in the November 2011 issues of the South Sydney Herald.

The Big Issue is an independent current affairs and entertainment magazine sold in towns and cities throughout Australia by people experiencing homelessness and/or long-term unemployment. It provides an opportunity for vendors to positively change their lives by earning an income and interacting with the mainstream community.

Susan Leith-Miller, NSW State Operations Manager of The Big Issue, said that “the new space will enable us to do what we already do now, but better”. The new premises will be the home for the following programs: The Big Issue magazine; Community Street Soccer; The Women’s Subscription Enterprise and The Big Issue Classroom.

The move will provide the above programs with the opportunity to grow and develop to their full potential.

The magazine has been attracting positive publicity of late, with ABC 702 presenter James Valentine a vocal supporter. Valentine, a long-time reader of the “high-quality publication” recently experienced for himself what it’s like to be a salesperson on the street.

“I found it a real challenge to engage people,” he said. “I can understand how important it is for vendors to work consistently and attract regular customers.”

Ms Leith-Miller says: “The Big Issue is keen to develop strong relationships with the local community, especially with our neighbours in Little Eveleigh Street.” She went on to say, “When you see the removalist’s trucks leave come and say hello”.

Photo: Andrew Collis  - Rick Williams is a Big Issue vendor in Abercrombie Street, Darlington

Source: November 2011 South Sydney Herald