Meet our Volunteer – Catherine’s Story

What inspired you to contact The Brick about volunteering opportunities?
I had always been interested, I just never enquired. I saw a post on Facebook and only living 5 minutes away from the Leigh Hub I thought why not!

What’s your previous experience of volunteering?
I don’t have much. In college I volunteered at the Greater Manchester Disability Youth Games which I loved. I did The Brick Sleepout last year and have always given money to charities which I change each year.

Are you employed? Retired? Student? In between Jobs? Unable to work?
I am employed full time as a Housing Officer for Serco, who house asylum seekers on behalf of the Home Office.

What do you hope to get from volunteering at The Brick?
I hope to meet new people and become educated in helping people facing debt crisis, poverty and homelessness.

What area of The Brick would you like to or have started volunteering in and why?
I currently volunteer at the 24/7 Leigh Hub but I also have experience in outreach work so it would be good to help with that as well and get involved with the crisis intervention side, but only when I know how to help The Bricks service users. Support available to asylum seekers is a lot different to support offered to British citizens.

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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.