Meet our Volunteer – Meryl’s Story

How long have you been volunteering at The Brick?
I have been with the Brick for roughly 8 months now.

What is your volunteer role(s)?
I work with the wonderful people at the Brick Shop on Gidlow Lane.

What do you feel is the best bit of your volunteer role?
I love meeting people and working with good people.

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.
The Brick helped me tremendously when I first moved to the area and I just love being a part of this great organisation.

What are your aspirations for the future within The Brick and in the wider world?
I would like to continue volunteering at the Brick for as long as possible, and hopefully get a job within the NHS.

A word of encouragement for anyone considering joining The Brick as a volunteer?
Just go for it! You will not be disappointed.

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.