Outreach Volunteer  with The Big Issue (VG) (Ref: 1238)
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Would you like to support Big Issue sellers as they work their way out of homelessness? The Outreach Volunteer will aid the day to day operations of the Sales and Outreach workers as they conduct Big Issue operations in and around Cheltenham city centre.

The key Tasks are to provide magazines and check on vendors; to assess the effectiveness of current pitches, find new ones, and interact with potential vendors. In addition, to raise awareness by providing local businesses with information about The Big Issue and networking with other Third Sector organisations

The role takes place in Cheltenham town centre only.
What are they looking for?

Essential Skills:

-Empathy towards disadvantaged people
-Good communication and interpersonal skills, confidentiality and discretion
-Numeracy and basic IT skills
-Ability to work on own initiative, and within a team
-Flexibility concerning working hours

Desirable Skills:

-A knowledge of issues pertaining to street culture and homelessness would be desirable
-Good administration & IT skills
-Cash handling experience


Working hours are Wednesday and Friday mornings, plus Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Volunteer expenses will be reimbursed.

The role requires personal travel in Cheltenham town centre; the time commitment is variable but carried out within normal working hours.

When: Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning, Thursday afternoon, Friday morning
Age requirements: Over 18


About The Big Issue (VG)
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A hand up not a hand-out: the Big Issue Group creates innovative self-help based solutions to enable people and communities to overcome poverty.

The Big Issue aims to achieve social change through self-help. It is:

• a social initiative that provides opportunities for vendors to earn money
• a Foundation that enables vulnerably housed people to access support services
• a media organisation that publishes a high-quality current affairs magazine.

Together, the Big Issue Company and Foundation strive to create opportunities for people facing homelessness to take greater control of their lives, and to campaign on behalf of and empower socially excluded people.

See all roles with The Big Issue (VG)