The Big Issue, us, you and a challenge for change
The other day at our whole of team meeting (I work for NAB) we were posed a challenge by The Big Issue (@thebigissue). Help us with our Women's Subscription Enterprise. We need your help to create employment opportunities for homeless and disadvantaged women ready to make a change in their lives.
What you can do...use our code...
- $78 for 6 months -$155 for 12 months
Buy a subscription either by downloading and using the form below...
Don't stop buying from a vendor, but perhaps buy one for a friend/a workplace/a family member...
Help us sell 100 (or more) subscriptions to the Big issue - to build strenth in numbers - use the collective purchasing power of our networks to make a real difference to the lives of homelss, marginalsied and disadvantaged Australian women.
What the Big Issue did
The Big Issue wanted to understand why women weren't taking on vendor roles selling the Big Issue despite being almost half of the homeless population.
They asked homeless women (46,000 are homeless every night) and discovered that many of the issues that created homelessness in women (domestic violence, abuse etc) made the streets a dangerous and unsafe environment.
What is the Women's subscription Enterprise?
It enables homeless, marginalized and disadvantaged women to earn a regular income while they develop their skills in a safe, secure and supportive work environment.
By selling 100 subscriptions to the Big Issue you create 1 role for a woman in a safe working environment with the opportunity to learn anything from how to speak appropriately on a mobile phone in an open plan office, to how to build constructive working relationships - to how to build a future.
What's in it for us @NAB
We're working in small teams which have each made a committment to help sell subscriptions in our free time.
What's been done so far...
So far 92 roles have been created with a waiting list much bigger...
How much do the women get paid?
The women are paid the award rate, plus get access to further training pathways, work experience placements and flexible work arrangements.
The initiative provides them with work experience and easily transferable skills to help prepare them for entry into other more mainstream jobs.
The Big Issue have put together this great FAQ if you need more info - otherwise - donate a coffee a week to make change...why not...?