Meet our Volunteer – Emma’s Story

How long have you been volunteering at The Brick?
Approximately 7 months

 What is your volunteer role(s)?
I’m a St Georges night shelter volunteer

What do you feel is the best bit of your volunteer role?
This type of volunteering gives me a sense of giving back. Cooking food and chatting to people in different circumstances and offering them support when needed is something I really enjoy.

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.
I think when I see the same face in the shelter for a few weeks and then they tell me they have found housing or a job or that something really positive has happened in their life it really makes volunteering worthwhile.

What are your aspirations for the future within The Brick and in the wider world?
I would love to work permanently at the Brick at some point in the future!

A word of encouragement for anyone considering joining The Brick as a volunteer.
You don’t know how much of a difference you can make until you give it a go! I would recommend volunteering to anyone that can spare even just a few hours.

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.