Meet some of our Volunteers

We wouldn’t be able to deliver our work to rebuild lives across the borough if it wasn’t for the vital support of our volunteers.

From sharing skills at the Brick Works, supporting our Crisis Intervention Service at the Brick Project to helping us to fundraise, there are plenty of ways you can get involved.

The Brick is always looking for new volunteers to bring different skills and qualities into the charity; no matter your circumstances and background are there is a volunteer role to suit you!

Volunteer Roles

Shop assistant / Food Bank / Driver / Mentor / Fundraising / Wellbeing / Admin / Chaplaincy / Outreach

Please click here to download the Volunteer application form. If you are interested in volunteering but are unsure which role will suit you, please email Emma Shaw emma_s@thebrick.org.uk or call 01942 236953 for more information.

WHY I VOLUNTEER AT THE BRICK BY JEAN GROVES

‘I have been volunteering at The Brick since May 2020. I applied in April soon after the first lockdown was introduced. As I am retired and have the time, I felt I wanted to make a positive contribution in some way to society and, if I am being honest, as I live alone, it was an opportunity to be able to have contact with other people. I chose The Brick as it is local to me with a focus on homelessness which is close to my heart.

I am greatly enjoying my time working at the foodbank. The other volunteers are pleasant and friendly and easy to get on with. Plus, we all have the same outlook and understand the importance of the work The Brick does.

I continue to gain a deeper insight into the plight of the homeless and the different ‘arms’ of the charity through discussions with the staff who are keen to provide training to ensure that the volunteers feel part of the team. Ideas and suggestions from volunteers are welcomed and acted upon. We’re all working towards one goal.

I volunteered at The Brick because of the lockdown but I would hope to continue volunteering in whatever capacity once these strange times have passed. Covid 19 will eventually disappear but, unfortunately, it is doubtful that homelessness will.’

 

WHY I VOLUNTEER AT THE BRICK BY RACHEL

‘I decided to volunteer for The Brick because I have seen the effects of homelessness in Manchester City Centre, but I wanted to make a difference in my local area. The benefits I gain from volunteering for The Brick are the satisfaction of knowing that I am helping less fortunate people who need help locally.

I really enjoy volunteering in the Leigh Shop and working with an amazing team. Even when I do return to my job after furlough, I still will be volunteering when I am available.

I have a supportive Retail Sales Team Lead and other members of staff and volunteers – we all work together as a team to keep the shop running smoothly. We get regular feedback from the Retail Sales Team Lead, which is appreciated.’

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.