The most depressing week of the year is known as ‘blue monday’ and traditionally falls in the last full week of January. To help inject a little optimism the Big Issue office in Bristol ran their very first ‘Wellbeing Week’ for Bristol vendors.
Monday: Two vendors and several volunteers attended First Aid training delivered by the Red Cross. Each vendor who attended received some discounted magazines, a goody bag; and a raffle ticket. Four vendors attended an 'English for speakers of other languages' course, which was themed around ‘wellbeing’.
Wednesday: A Big Issue volunteer gave two vendors a basic guitar lesson. The vendors also received some discounted price magazines, a goody bag and a raffle ticket. Later that day three vendors signed up to the ‘Earn-a-Bike’ scheme and begun saving the 20% required to apply for support to buy a bike via the vendor support fund.
Friday: Five vendors took part in an hour long workshop run by Volunteer Bristol. The session was a great success.
The Big Issue Foundation gives special thanks to all the companies, volunteers and supporters who provided the crucial support this initiative required and to all our vendors for taking part in the programme.