Green Park Station
2-3 Westmoreland Station Road
Bath is a small and vibrant city that can boast if some of the most beautiful and historic tourist attractions in the South West. Bath Big Issue is one of the smallest offices in the UK. This allows us to do a lot of one to one work with Big Issue vendors to give them the support that they made need – especially regarding their goals and aspirations for the future.
Our frontline Service Brokers work with vendors to help them open a dialogue and engage with housing, health, financial and other services that are needed to rebuild their lives.
The Big Issue Foundation in Bath is part of the Homelessness Partnership in Bath and North East Somerset. A core group of 22 support organisations with the mission to preventing homelessness.
We are also lucky enough to partner with Advanced Studies in England and The University of Bath who bring us fantastic and dedicated volunteers as well as support The Big Issue Foundation in learning events focused on the reduction of poverty.
The Big Issue Foundation is not limited to Bath but covers a large part of Wiltshire and North Somerset including: Frome, Trowbridge, Melksham, Corsham, Swindon, Chippenham, Bradford-on-Avon, Devizes, Marlborough, Radstock and Midsomer Norton.
To contact The Big Issue Foundation Bath office:
Geo Leonard (service Broker for Bath and Wiltshire) 07506 740 054
Here is what some of our vendors say about selling The Big Issue, and living in Bath:
“I’ve been selling The Big Issue for a long time, in a lot of places, but Bath is the best – the people are very friendly here and you can make good money! I like all of the lovely libraries too, but I’ve now read most of the books that interest me. Selling the Issue means that I can buy myself things that I need, I’ve just bought some new boots, and I am saving up for a new rucksack and sleeping bag. I like the independence that selling the Issue gives me, it means that I don’t need to go to the job centre every day, or ask for help from other charities or the church.”
“I love working outside in Bath and meeting lots of new people. When I am not selling The Big Issue, I like to do lots of cooking at home, or go for long walks with my dog Boycie. Sometimes I also meet up with other people from pitch; we are all very friendly with each other. Thanks to being able to sell the Issue, I’m now able to manage my money well as I get it on a daily basis, and I am saving for the first time ever. Going out to work every day is so much better for my self-esteem than sitting at home watching the TV all day.”
“The public in Bath are generally really nice, and much more amenable to Big Issue sellers than anywhere else I’ve worked. Selling is a reason to get up in the morning, instead of lazing around all day, or staying on the campsite which I live on. In my free time, I go wood collecting with the other vendors who live on the same site, as we have regular campfires, and I also like to go on long walks by the canal.”
“Chatting with people, having a laugh, and being outdoors every day makes selling The Big Issue in Bath something I enjoy doing. It suits me because I can sell at the times I choose, I’m self-employed, and it makes me feel independent. I’m now managing my finances well, and I can enjoy going to gigs and socialising with friends when I am not working.”
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