Meet our Volunteer – Cherisse’s Story

What inspired you to contact The Brick about volunteering opportunities?
I have been wanting to get involved in work that the Brick has been doing for a while now, but full-time work stopped me from doing that. I’ve donated lots of my items before and my mum, who’s the recycling officer for Wigan Council, has worked closely with the charity before and always has positive things to say! I now work freelance so it’s a lot easier! I wanted to do something in my free time to help the local community and get involved in something that would a). help someone else and b) humble me.

What’s your previous experience of volunteering?
I don’t have that much voluntary experience, just working at events and litter picking and cleaning up my local area.

Are you employed? Retired? Student? In between Jobs? Unable to work?
I’m a freelance content manager and a Spanish tutor at schools in and around Wigan.

What do you hope to get from volunteering at The Brick?
To help make a positive change.

What area of The Brick would you like to or have started volunteering in and why?
The Spanish classes and also a women’s only group. Learning a new language is just something different for people experiencing difficulty in their life, it can be an escape and a really inspiring moment!

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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.