Meet our Volunteer – Sheelagh’s Story

How long have you been volunteering at The Brick?
I have been volunteering for 2 months.

What is your volunteer role(s)?
I volunteer at St George’s night shelter  one night per week, cooking the evening meal,  making drinks and clearing up afterwards.

What do you feel is the best bit of your volunteer role?
I like making sure the people we work with go to bed well fed.

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.
Every week I have volunteered at the Brick has been a positive experience and it’s really good to hear when a client has moved on from their time on the streets.

What are your aspirations for the future within The Brick and in the wider world?
My day job is running Fur Clemt, I hope to see stronger links between the 2 organisations working together to address social injustice in our borough.

A word of encouragement for anyone considering joining The Brick as a volunteer?
I have only ever been treated with respect by the clients at The Brick, they appreciate what we do. Volunteering at The Brick is a positive way to help an organisation that is dedicated to facilitating change for vulnerable members of our community.

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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.