The Big Issue Foundation
Unit 1 York Court
Upper York Street
T 0117 942 8538
The Bristol Service Broker team work with the fantastic sales team and over 70 vendors in the vibrant Bristol office, some of whom are recognised the city over and have become a part of every day life for all in Bristol.
Located just off lively Stokes Croft in St Pauls, the area surrounding the Bristol office is a hub of community life and charitable organisations, giving easy access to our partners, including:
- Compass Centre
- Bristol Drugs Project
- Bristol Bike Project
- Julian House Night Shelter
- Bristol Debt Advice Centre
Our work consists of referring and signposting our vendors to these and other local organisations, training courses and other opportunities.
We’ve had a busy few months in Bristol. In the Summer were at the Downs Festival with five vendors selling programmes and magazines. The Big Issue’s partnership with the festival gives them all a chance to be employed at next year’s event. A joint initiative with St Mungo’s gave vendors the opportunity to use showers and washing facilities at the Compass Centre and access housing advice.
Our strong connections with local Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) services has led to an invite to attend and speak at a Roma community conference organised by Up Our Street alongside Yaron Matras, author of I Met Lucky People. We’ve also partnered with Freedom of Mind to host a discussion on homelessness and mental health, with our staff both chairing the debate and speaking on the panel. Vendor Mike became the new seller at our corporate pitch in Temple Meads station. Alongside two other people he will also receive an iZettle card reader during our trial of the hardware.
Meanwhile, Nigel was referred to the careers advice at Himilo Training, a training provider set up by Ashley Community House. He immediately lined up several job interviews, and has now found full-time work as a chef.
Our vendors work incredibly hard to sell their magazines and make further positive changes in their lives. We are really grateful to the customers, our friends, supporters and all the other agencies across the two counties for their support and generosity.
If you are interested in supporting our work in this office or any of our other offices by volunteering please click here.