Callum McManaman, Gary Roberts and Jamie Jones visited the facility on Hodson Street in Wigan town centre this afternoon.
- The Brick are Wigan Athletic’s official charity of the season.
- They help people who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis.
- Partnership aims to raise £100k this season to buy Brick Works facility.
The Brick Works – a centre which offers training to increase the employment opportunities for unemployed people – has helped hundreds of individuals across the Wigan Borough to find work or gain qualifications since it opened four years ago.
Callum McManaman, Gary Roberts and Jamie Jones visited the facility on Hodson Street in Wigan town centre earlier this afternoon to learn more about the Brick - the club’s charity of the season for 2018/19 – and to take part in tasks with their service users, which included restoring furniture, woodwork, engraving and fixing bicycles.
The Brick help people in Wigan and Leigh who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis, and offer services such as Crisis Intervention and Wigan’s largest foodbank, with The Brick Works supporting homeless people as well as individuals who have been released from prison, have poor mental health, low employability skills and the longer-term unemployed.
Jamie said: “It’s great that the club are supporting The Brick once again this season and to visit the place today and see the positive atmosphere of it all was brilliant. The Brick Works is somewhere for people to go and learn a trade and to help themselves and their families and we were delighted to be able to support them."
The Brick were named Latics’ charity of the season for a second successive year in September 2018, with the aim of the partnership, launched by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, to raise £100,000 to buy The Brick Works facility and secure the charity’s long-term future.
Jono Gooding, Service User of The Brick, said: “I’ve been associated with The Brick for the past three years but the past 18 months have been a particular struggle as I’ve had a marriage breakdown, but the staff at The Brick have helped to put me back on my feet and if I’m being honest if it wasn’t for them I probably wouldn’t be here today.
He added: “It’s like a family away from home, The Brick have given me back my confidence and have given me the tools to get my life back on track. I love being involved with the charity and it’s a really fun place to be, so to meet the Latics players today as well was just magnificent.”
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.
Click here for more information about The Brick.
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