Meet our Volunteer – Adam’s Story

What inspired you to contact The Brick about volunteering opportunities?
For some time I have donated to homeless charities, bought the Big Issue etc and felt as though I had ‘done my part’.

I am fortunate enough to travel a lot with my job, both in Europe and throughout the UK and the one thing I have noticed on my travels over recent times, is a massive increase in the amount of people sleeping on the streets and I could no longer just throw a couple of quid in a bucket and walk on.

I was aware of the Brick, and followed them on Facebook following a campaign they ran at Christmas for foodbank donations. I saw an advert that was asking for help in one of the hubs and it just felt like the right thing to do!

What’s your previous experience of volunteering?
Zero!

Are you employed? Retired? Student? In between Jobs? Unable to work?
I am full time employed spending 2-3 nights a week working away from home, hotel hopping! I am a husband to a pregnant wife (our new arrival is due in August 2019) and Dad to our four-year-old daughter.

On top of that, in my ‘spare time’  I am studying via the Open University for a degree in Business Management. I was worried that I couldn’t spare a lot of time to volunteer but The Brick assured me that every bit helps!

What do you hope to get from volunteering at The Brick?
Just to give a little back to the town that I love and to help people get back on their feet, in any small way I can.

What area of The Brick would you like to or have started volunteering in and why?
So far, I have been volunteering in the Hub at Leigh. I would love to get around every part of The Brick. Every time I speak to someone new, I find out another amazing thing that this charity does.

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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.