Meet our Volunteer – Sue’s Story

What inspired you to contact The Brick about volunteering opportunities?
Dave and I attended Queens Hall and we have heard, many times, about the excellent work that was being done in Wigan and at The Brick, to help the most vulnerable people.

What’s your previous experience of volunteering?
None really, apart from helping out at church. I have been busy working and being a wife and mum.

What do you hope to get from volunteering at The Brick?
 A feeling that I am doing my bit to help the less fortunate in my local community.

What is your volunteer role(s)?
Receiving donations and making up food parcels to give to the people referred to us. 

What do you feel is the best bit of your volunteer role?
Meeting the individuals, social workers and support staff.  Knowing that at least some of the people in Wigan will not go hungry in the next week or so.

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.
Occasionally the Brick food bank is given the odd new toy to give out.  So, when we were giving out to a family with a young child, we put the toy in with the food parcel.  I believe from the social worker that child’s face lit up when the toy was given.

What are your aspirations for the future within The Brick and in the wider world?
That our food bank in Wigan will not be required anymore and families will officially receive the help they need to live.

A word of encouragement for anyone considering joining The Brick as a volunteer
Working with staff members and other volunteers is a pleasure.  Giving  out food to those in need is such a worthwhile job and a privilege to do.  The people of Wigan have such kind hearts in donating items of food.  It warms the heart.

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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.