Meet our Volunteer – Judith’s Story

 How long have you been volunteering at The Brick?
I have been volunteering with The Brick for around four months.

What is your volunteer role?
I undertake a ‘front of house’ volunteer role at The Brick Works on Hodson Street, Wigan. The Brick Works is open to the public and sells all sorts from pre loved sofas to washing machines. I meet and greet customers and visitors, help keep the shop floor clean and tidy and sell the second hand goods we have in stock.

What do you feel is the best bit of your volunteer role?
I enjoy meeting and talking with new people every day from all walks of life.

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.
We recently helped a lady furnish her new home for her and her children, she was delighted with the quality and price of the furniture we had in and it felt special to have helped make a home for them all.

What are your aspirations for the future within The Brick and in the wider world?
I hope to continue to volunteer my time and may look to increase my hours and perhaps branch out into other areas supporting The Brick.

A word of encouragement for anyone considering joining The Brick as a volunteer.
Don’t hesitate, do it. Your time can help others and you can share your smile, knowledge and skills!

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.