Pop Up Shop Opens in Leigh to Mark Challenge Poverty Week

The Brick is hosting a pop-sale in its Leigh Charity Shop on Tuesday 18th October to mark Challenge Poverty Week. Working with the Rebuild with Hope Foundation, the staff and volunteers from The Brick Shop on Railway Street in Leigh will be selling a range of items from a host of well-known retailers, and everything […]

Can You Help Warm Homes And Hearts This Winter?

Can you help warm homes and hearts this winter by taking part in our Winter Walk for Warmth challenge? As part of our Wrap Up Wigan campaign we are calling on our supporters and the local community to walk 3K, 5K or 10K to help raise vital funds for The Brick. This November, wrap up, […]

The Brick needs your help to Wrap Up Wigan

The Brick, is looking to ‘Wrap Up Wigan’ once again this winter, by calling on the community to donate a range of clothing including coats, hats, scarves, and gloves, for individuals and families facing hardship this winter. Last year nearly 20% of households across Wigan were living in fuel poverty, and over 20% of excess […]

The cost of living crisis: paying with our health?

Dignity is what we believe in at The Brick. Dignity is fundamental to who we are as human beings and also to our place in society. Dignity is eroded when people cannot meet their basic material needs. There is no dignity in having to use food banks to feed your family. There is no dignity […]

Trio raises much needed funds for The Brick

A fundraising team raise nearly £1K for The Brick following successful Wigan 10K run. Karen Cheetham, 42, a Healthy Relationship Coordinator at Wigan Council, John O’Grady 51 a Plasterer, and Emma Shaw a Volunteer Coordinator at The Brick, joined forces to raise as much money as possible for The Brick charity, by taking on the […]

Stowe Family Law Wigan Donate Cash To The Brick

The Brick is incredibly grateful to Stowe Family Law Wigan for their recent donation of £250. Support such as this from local businesses is critical as families in our local communities face increasing prices, interest rates, and soaring bills pushing more and more people into extreme poverty. “Stowe Family Law are proud to support The […]

The Brick Launches its ‘£5 for 5 Challenge’!

The Brick is inviting Wigan businesses to get involved in the new ‘£5 for 5’ Challenge, to help us to end child poverty in the borough. The new campaign is aiming to bring the Wigan business community together, by encouraging businesses of all sizes to donate £1 a day for 5 days. The ‘£5 for […]

Rotary Club Community Day

Staff and volunteers from The Brick attended the Rotary Community Day on Saturday. What fantastic event! We met loads of lovely people from our local communities, alongside other charities and community groups. Highlights were: > Meeting the Mayor of Wigan, Cllr Marie Morgan. > A little girl called Wren, who donated the £5 her grandma […]

The Brick and Wigan Warriors launch Campaign to End Child Poverty

The Brick has launched the Text Brick £1 campaign to end child poverty in the borough and local rugby team, Wigan Warriors, have helped to kick the campaign off, with their support. Data from the Department of Education showed that by the end of the 2020/21 school year, 60% of children in Wigan were eligible […]

From Criminalisation to Compassion: Have We Finally Scrapped the Act?

The Vagrancy Act of 1824 was on course to reach its bi-centenary in 2024 because incredibly, it was still valid law until April 2022. Our Trustee, Clare Wood, takes a look at the legislation, its repeal and subsequent developments. Background to the Act The law was enacted under the reign of King George IV, formerly […]