Latics trio Callum McManaman, Gary Roberts and Jamie Jones met Jono on their visit to The Brick Works today.
- Jono has been involved with our charity of the season for three years.
- He now volunteers at The Brick Works facility in Wigan town centre.
- Brick Works helps unemployed people find work and gain qualifications.
Jono Gooding, service user of The Brick for the past three years, credits Latics’ charity of the season for helping him to regain his confidence and turn his life around after a difficult 18 months.
A native of New Zealand, Jono now lives in Leigh after receiving support from The Brick, and has been volunteering at the charity’s Brick Works facility on Hodson Street in Wigan town centre for the past eight months.
The Brick Works is a centre which offers training to increase the employment opportunities for unemployed people, with service users learning skills which include restoring furniture, woodwork, engraving and fixing bicycles.
Discussing the impact The Brick have had on his life after Latics trio Callum McManaman, Gary Roberts and Jamie Jones visited the facility earlier today, he said: “I’ve been associated with The Brick for the three years, but the past year and a half has been a particular struggle because I had a marriage breakdown, so the staff really helped to put me back on my feet and get me back on track.
“I was in a very, very dark place and if it wasn’t for them I probably wouldn’t be here now, that’s how much of an impact they’ve had on my life.
“This place is like a family away from home, they’ve helped me so much and have given me back my confidence and the tools I’ve needed to turn my life around.”
The Brick – who help people in Wigan and Leigh who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis – were named the club’s charity of the season for the second year running in September 2018.
“I’ve had drug problems previously but thanks to The Brick I’ve been clean for the past year and feel so much better about myself - I’m only looking forward now.
“I do whatever they want me to do at The Brick Works! At the moment though I’m building different toys for kids ahead of Christmas, which include three of my children, and basically they’re for people who haven’t got the money to buy lots of things for their little ones.
“I love being involved at The Brick, it’s a family away from home like I say and it’s a place that’s really helped me to keep my mind on track and my heart on track.”
A Christmas donation drive for The Brick will take place at Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Montrose Skills Hub base (WN5 9XN) from Monday 17th - Friday 21st December 2018, where staff and volunteers from the charity will be packing more than 150 Christmas hampers for families across Wigan and Leigh. Donations can be taken between 9.30am-5pm on any of these dates.
Full list of items that fans can donate:
Christmas cake/pudding, mince pies, stuffing mix, gravy granules, tinned peas, potatoes and carrots, meat or vegetable soups, hotdogs, meatballs, mine, stew, tuna/salmon, chocolates and biscuits.
Toiletry gift sets, socks, pyjama sets and toys.
Text BRIK18 £5 to 70070 to donate to Wigan Athletic’s charity of the season.
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