The expert support he received from The Brick inspired Jon to help others across the Wigan Borough.
- Jon has previously spent time in prison and joined The Brick in 2016.
- Former client now works in the Independent Living Mentors team.
- Partnership aims to raise £100,000 during the 2018/19 campaign.
Latics supporter Jon Kennon, who has been involved with The Brick since 2016, believes the partnership with the club will prove beneficial to a number of people in need across the Wigan Borough.
Jon, 30, a former client of The Brick who has previously experienced drug and alcohol problems as well as spending time in prison, is now part of the charity’s Independent Living Mentors team, who help people facing homelessness, poverty and debt crisis to find new homes.
The partnership with The Brick means they will be the club’s charity of the season for a second year, with the aim to raise £100,000 to buy the Brick Works centre and secure its long-term future.
Discussing his journey, Jon said: “I’ve been a big lover of football from a young age but it was only when I went to High School that my problems started. My friends were drinking and smoking and I decided to go along with them and it was just a bad crowd.
“I started stealing and it was from there the drugs started, it was weed at first and my Mum always told me that it’d lead to harder things and she was right. I did cocaine which led me on a very dark path, and coupled with drink brought all sorts of different problems.
“I started a family but that made things worse and I went even harder on the drugs. I lost my job and from there I was in and out of work before I eventually ended up in prison.
“I was made homeless after leaving prison and was still on drink and drugs, but that was when I was introduced to The Brick, firstly as a client before then getting a job which was a real positive for me.”
Despite spending the majority of his working life in the building trade, his past struggles inspired him to help others and he applied for a position with The Brick after receiving expert mentoring support while a client.
“I was a client for two years which made me realise this was the type of work I wanted to go into it as I wanted to help people.
“I’d been building for a number of years, but a position came up with The Brick so I put my name forward, had an interview and luckily got the job.
“I help to find houses for people and look after the builds so that people can live independently and do things for themselves. I also work alongside the Asset Coaches which involves getting people back doing the hobbies they enjoy.”
And asked what it means for The Brick to named Wigan Athletic’s charity of the season, he replied: “It will honestly be a massive help for us and will give people like myself and many others a huge confidence boost.”
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