Meet our Volunteer – Elaine’s Story

What inspired you to contact The Brick about volunteering opportunities?
It’s a good cause and I’m hoping to encourage others to volunteer also.

What’s your previous experience of volunteering?
I worked as a Scout and Cub leader for 12 years for 24th St Helens. I also ran a youth group for 6 – 12-year-old children, for 4 years and I set up a charity shop in Golborne and managed that. I’m currently setting up an ‘In Bloom’ project within the Parish of Seneley Green.

Are you employed? Retired? Student? In between Jobs? Unable to work?
I am employed by Wigan Council Social Services as a mental health support worker.

What do you hope to get from volunteering at The Brick?
I am working at the charity shop, bringing new ideas, promoting resourcefulness, promoting the shop and encouraging team efforts.

What area of The Brick would you like to or have started volunteering in and why?
I hope that the shop continues to flourish and  meet new people.

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.