Meet our Volunteer – Sophia’s Story

What inspired you to contact The Brick about volunteering opportunities?
Seeing homeless people on the streets of Wigan and Bolton and wanting to share my skills to help to empower them.

What’s your previous experience of volunteering?
I have volunteered as a person-centred counsellor, as an environmental community gardener, as a stable hand at a horse sanctuary and at a local youth club, over the years.

Are you employed? Retired? Student? In between Jobs? Unable to work?
I am employed by three separate charities as a Complementary Therapist, providing clinical aromatherapy, reflexology, massage, Reiki & crystal therapy to patients, relatives, and other service users.

What do you hope to get from volunteering at The Brick?
I would like to invest my skills and time into helping people facing poverty and substance abuse – to help to empower individuals to find better health & wellbeing and to facilitate them in reaching their own individual potential.

What area of The Brick would you like to or have started volunteering in and why?
I would like to work with hard to engage individuals in St. George’s Hall shelter and also to mentor people accessing the Brick Works.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.