The Big Issue Bath were joined by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens for their outreach for day last week. Having given money to support the new training scheme for Big Issue volunteers through the Commissioners community Action Fund, Sue came to see the amazing things that we She chatted with vendors about their experiences of homelessness and to hear how The Big Issue and Big Issue Foundation have helped them.
The donation from the fund has helped provide training for volunteers to work with and support Big Issue vendors in the Bath area as well as helping them to refer to other services available to vendors to make sure they get the best support they can. Area Service Broker, Samantha Grief commented ‘In our office we employ two part time staff members, so for us to have six well trained volunteers, that’s quite a lot of extra resources for us.’
Reflecting on the time Sue spent with them Samantha said ‘She spoke to five or six of our vendors who are all at very different stage on their journey out of homelessness. She was great with the volunteers and had really positive chats with them.’
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