Our team works out of Wigan, Wrightington and Leigh hospitals and The Brick Project, assisting clients with physical and mental health problems.

The Brick’s aim to ensure that no-one involved in this project leaves hospital to go back to sleep on the streets.

A day in the life of…

Hospital to Home worker – Sam Johnson

Sam is a Hospital to Home worker. He works at the Hospital, visiting and consulting with clients who need emergency support – Sam endeavors to try and get as many people as possible through what is often their lowest point.

“I’m based at Wigan infirmary, I’m part of the discharge team, doing hospital crisis intervention. On my daily schedule I do ward rounds and see patients, particularly those who have no fixed abode and try and facilitate a safe discharge.”

“I work mostly with patients who need crisis help and this intern involves working with doctors, nurses, and social workers.”

“My goal is to help as many people as possible. People in hospital are often in a terrible place, they are very scared and anxious and I want to try and ease their concerns and make sure they have the right support. In the future I’d like to have a bigger team as the hospital is such a fast moving environment, it will allow us to provide more immediate and effective support.”

“As I mentioned I do a lot of ward rounds, I get a lot of referrals and I try and work on a priority basis. Those who have the most urgent needs for things such as housing or addiction support I see first. I talk to patients and see whether our support is what they want and how we can best help. My chief aim is to make sure patients are well advised and have the knowledge to make an informed choice about getting help.”

“I enjoy the fact that I can help people, at what is often crisis point in their lives, being there at that point makes the difference. I get to experience them making the decision to get help and then steadily watch their lives improve as the go along with our services.”

“I can remember a man with severe mental health issues. He was discharged by the hospital and I was there to offer him emergency accommodation, he initially rejected the offer but I was there to advise him and show him that the support existed. He then learnt about the kind of long term support we do and through that he’s now in accommodated and he is become far become more independent; which is the ultimate goal.”

“I’m aware of how the Brick has grown over time. We keep providing new services to help people and I know originally we just didn’t have the capacity to provide anywhere near the level of referrals to our service as we do now. So major a improvement in how many people we help.”

“I think the public can really help by donating to the Brick and helping fund our work as we are constantly looking to expand our services to cater to the needs of the clients. Particularly in my area of work, I know a greater variety of accommodation would be massively appreciated by the clients we work with.”

The Brick, 10 Arcade Street, Wigan WN1 1LU   

Call: 01942 236 953

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The Brick Project offers a huge range of services to people who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis. This includes Crisis Intervention, Hospital to Home, Asset Coaching and Wigan’s largest Foodbank. As its name suggests, it provides a safe, solid building block for people in crisis to begin rebuilding their lives.
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The Brick Shop is a charity shop selling donated goods, often to people on low incomes. The shop gives clothes free of charge to people referred by Wigan Council. The shop is one of the main hubs within its community.

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The Brick Works offers training to increase the employment opportunities for people who are unemployed for a variety of reasons. This may include homelessness or recently housed people referred.

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The Brick Giving aims to put an end to poverty and homelessness in Wigan and Leigh. Our #BrickbyBrick campaign is working to raise £175,000 to purchase The Brick Works and make sure no one in our community is left behind.

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The Brick Re-Use has been set up to help educate people in the Wigan Borough about recycling and re-use. We also turn unwanted goods into lovingly restored furniture for families in need.