The civic association „Against the Stream“ publishes the NOTA BENE street magazine. Its sellers are homeless people. The main aim is to help homeless people integrate into society, to work on the prevention of homelessness and positively impact public attitudes towards homeless people.
Since 2012, we have been cooperating with this association and provided pro bono legal advice in assessing projects helping to get work and self-assertion for their clients. We supported, for example, the project of branding vendors with official vests, or the project of Luggage porters on Bratislava main railway station.
Labelling Nota bene street vendors with red and yellow official vests with the Nota bene logo helps buyers to more easily distinguish genuine sellers from fraudsters. These vests have also been introduced by street magazine publishers abroad. The effect was to increase sales, strengthen the self-esteem of homeless people as sellers, and deepen trust between sellers and their customers.
The luggage porters are selected vendors of Nota bene street magazine. They are easily recognisable by the uniforms they wear. The luggage porter job helps twice. It helps passengers with heavy luggage to overcome the obstacles and Nota bene vendors gain work that is personally enriching, chance to repay their debts and help others.
Both projects also attracted international attention.