Meet our Volunteer – Sophia’s Story

Is The Brick as an organisation what you expected it to be?
Yes

Have the teams made you feel welcome and valued?
Yes

Has your time at The Brick changed your view on those in hardship, homelessness and poverty?
Definitely, yes!

Is your volunteering role what you expected it to be?
The volunteer role is bespoke: i.e. setting up a Complementary Therapy treatment service…so is taking time to plan and evolve.  I have found myself trying a variety of duties at St. George’s to get ‘a feel’ for the routine and priorities of the people who use the service, which has been useful…and has helped me to build trust up with individuals and staff.  I feel it is now time to develop the role and focus more upon therapy provision.

What is the best bit about volunteering at The Brick?
….Making solid professional relationships with people who use the services; engaging them, empowering them and seeing their growth…..holding a non-judgemental, empathic space for individuals to see their choices and abilities to move forward with their lives.
….Being able to use all of my skills and knowledge in an eclectic manner to help to ease physical/mental/emotional distress.

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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.