Meet our Volunteer – Julie’s Story

What inspired you to contact The Brick about volunteering opportunities?
I quite often go into The Brick Charity Shop on Gidlow Lane and on one visit I saw a notice advertising for volunteers at The Brick, and I thought ‘why not?’

What’s your previous experience of volunteering?
I volunteered for 3-4 years at St Pats luncheon club serving teas and coffees

Are you employed? Retired? Student? In between Jobs? Unable to work?
I’m retired now but I previously worked at the Heinz factory for many years

On top of that, in my ‘spare time’  I am studying via the Open University for a degree in Business Management. I was worried that I couldn’t spare a lot of time to volunteer but The Brick assured me that every bit helps!

What do you hope to get from volunteering at The Brick?
I hope to meet new people and have a chat!

What area of The Brick would you like to or have started volunteering in and why?
I would like to support the kitchen at The Brick Works.

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.