Meet our Volunteer – Emma’s Story

What inspired you to contact The Brick about volunteering opportunities?
The North-West has seen a huge increase in homelessness in recent years. Personal circumstances can change so quickly, and anyone can find themselves needing support. While I’m able to offer some assistance, that’s exactly what I want to do.

What’s your previous experience of volunteering?
While working for a supported housing agency years ago, I used to help with the drop-in centre, which I really enjoyed.

Are you employed? Retired? Student? In between Jobs? Unable to work?
I have two jobs; one in marketing and I have my own small events company. I love being self-employed and would encourage anyone with a good idea and a bit of motivation to give it a go.

What do you hope to get from volunteering at The Brick?
I’ve lived in Wigan for just over a year, and it’s such a vibrant place and full of great people. As clichéd as it sounds, I want to contribute to this community.

What area of The Brick would you like to or have started volunteering in and why?
The kitchen to start with. I love feeding people and would enjoy helping with food provision and teaching some basic skills. Times are hard for so many people and being able to eat well on a budget is valuable. I’d also like to use my experience in event management to support fundraising initiatives. To be honest, I’d be happy making tea and having a chat with anyone who wants some company!

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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.