At the Brick Works we have recently renovated our existing café and Dottie’s is now a modern, stylish café that delivers quality food.

It’s designed to be a real community hub; helping those most in need in our community is our priority but it will also help generate vital funds for our cause. All the work has been done in house by our talented mentors, clients and volunteers and of course Emma and Jenny the enterprising team behind Dottie’s.

They are passionate about tea shops and ran a tea trailer up in beautiful, but sometimes cold Gisburn Forest, Lancashire. They bought an old trailer off Ebay, fitted it up as a mobile kitchen and towed it up to the forest. There they served hungry bikers and walkers tea in tea pots, all with a tea-cosy of course, delicious cakes and really good bacon butties.

This was a great success and the pair worked up there every weekend for nine months, until the actual café reopened. It was good timing really, as Jenny had a baby soon after this. Baby Grace is nine months old now and so, in the beginning, Emma will be running the café day to day, with creative involvement and baking from Jenny.

Says Emma:
“We are so excited about starting this project and want to share our ideas for the café, so that everybody knows what is going on. We want to create a warm, bright, sociable space where everybody feels welcome, with fairy lights, a log burner and bunting; a place where you can come and meet people, play Scrabble, sit alone, read a newspaper, feel at home. There will be a cycling theme to compliment Gearing Up, and the furniture and most of the décor will have been created by the very talented people within the Brickworks, making the café a real team project. We will be serving hot and cold drinks and cakes, as well as hearty food for hungry people, such as soups, chillis, potatoes and hot sandwiches.

The café will be open to the public and we hope to encourage new groups to use our space for their meetings, as well as welcoming pre-existing groups to the new café. We hope to engage local businesses and residents to come and support this new venture, as well as being a central hub for the staff and volunteers of the Brick itself.

We are really looking forward to this new project and can’t wait to welcome you through the doors.“

The Brick Works, 4 Hodson Street, Wigan WN3 4EN

Call: 01942 417290

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.