Meet our Volunteer – Lauren’s Story

How long have you been volunteering at The Brick?
Approximately 4 months.

What is your volunteer role(s)?
I volunteer in the crisis intervention team once a week.

What do you feel is that best bit of your volunteer role?
Helping to accommodate individuals into a warm, safe and secure environment, which helps to get them off the streets.

Describe a memorable event or anecdote in you time as a volunteer at The Brick that makes you feel good about being part of this organisation?
Seeing the appreciation and gratitude of the clients when you are trying to resolve and help them with any difficulties they may be suffering with.

What is your aspiration for the future within The Brick and in the wider world?
To hopefully get experience in other roles within The Brick and learn new skills. My aspiration for the wider world is to complete my post graduate studies.

A word of encouragement for anyone considering joining The Brick as a volunteer.
To email Fiona to gain more understanding of potential volunteer roles and to pursue their ambition to volunteer for this wonderful charity!

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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.