Meet our Volunteer – Angela’s Story

How long have you been volunteering at The Brick?
I have been volunteering for about 2 and a half years.

What is your volunteer role(s)?
I volunteer in crisis intervention.

What do you feel is the best bit of your volunteer role?
The best bit is when I feel that I have helped make a difference by helping someone sort out a problem or to help them to access the services that they need.

Describe a memorable event or anecdote in your time as a volunteer at The Brick that makes you feel good about being part of this organisation.
The best bit as a volunteer, as well as helping the clients, is the rapport with the crisis intervention staff and the other volunteers. I love working with them, they are all so kind and helpful.

What are your aspirations for the future within The Brick and in the wider world?
If there is a new chaplaincy team for The Brick, I would love to be a part of it.

A word of encouragement for anyone considering joining The Brick as a volunteer?
There are so many ways in which you could volunteer to help at The Brick, and EVERY volunteer does a vital role, no one type of volunteer is more important than any other.

We are all different with many different skills and gifts, all of which are valued and put to good use!!

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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.