Meet our Volunteer – Jenny’s Story

How long have you been volunteering at The Brick?
Since October 2018

What is your volunteer role(s)?
I volunteer at St Georges night Shelter one evening per week. I help to prepare and serve the evening meal and make numerous drinks and chat to the people using the service.

What do you feel is the best bit of your volunteer role?
Interacting and sharing a joke with the people using the service.

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.
Not much to share as only been helping for a short time but I really enjoy the time i spend there!

What are your aspirations for the future within The Brick and in the wider world?
I would like to volunteer in The Brick shop, The Brick re-use and The Brick giving.

A word of encouragement for anyone considering joining The Brick as a volunteer.
Do it! It’s extremely rewarding and you gain such a lot from giving just a little time! I’ve met some lovely inspiring people including other volunteers, Brick staff and the people using the service.

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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.