Meet our Volunteer – Jessica’s Story

What inspired you to contact The Brick about volunteering opportunities?
After spending 2018 unemployed, travelling Asia I realised our time is precious and I wanted to use my after-work time in a more valuable way rather than sat at home watching TV. The Brick caters to a very visible problem and is local to me so after a little bit of research I decided to finally get in touch to see what opportunities were available.

What’s your previous experience of volunteering?
I’m a bit of an environment nerd so I’ve volunteered in a few conservation roles and previously helped in restoring my local wildflower meadow. I also volunteer for an energy professional body where I help to bring together young professionals in the North West Energy industry.

Are you employed? Retired? Student? In between Jobs? Unable to work?
I currently work full time as an Energy Manager. Helping businesses to be more sustainable… I told you I was an environment nerd!

What do you hope to get from volunteering at The Brick?
I  hope to use my time more in a way that matters, helping people in less fortunate situations than myself.

What area of The Brick would you like to or have started volunteering in and why?
Due to working 9-5, volunteering weekly in the night shelters in Wigan fits around my schedule best. I also like that the night shelter roles allow me to serve tea for the Brick users, a meal which has always been important in bringing my family together each day and giving us a chance to connect and discuss our days.

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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.