Meet our Volunteer – Tina’s Story

What inspired you to contact The Brick about volunteering opportunities?
I have always bought food for the homeless when I have been out. It has really played on my mind how the numbers have risen in such a short space of time. I had become a carer for my mum and had some spare time on my hands so thought it was the perfect opportunity to see if there was anything else, I could do to help.
It has really opened my eyes to the problem we have in society and the many varying circumstances that can lead to homelessness. When I go back to work full time I will still give a couple of hours a week, in the evening to help out at the night shelters.

What’s your previous experience of volunteering?
I don’t have any previous experience of volunteering. It’s all completely new to me.

Are you employed? Retired? Student? In between Jobs? Unable to work?
I am a Carer for a parent at the minute

What do you hope to get from volunteering at The Brick?
I hope to get more experience in a wider field from the Retail sector I previously worked in and change my career path because of how much I’ve enjoyed helping others.

What area of The Brick would you like to or have started volunteering in and why?
I enjoy volunteering in the night shelters as you get to learn about people’s situations, knowing that somehow you could be helping someone by just listening or talking about things. There is so much more to the Brick that many people aren’t aware of and experience in all the areas would be helpful to me, as I am looking to change career path.

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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.