Scott, a former client at the Brick, helps to repurpose old furniture and upholstery at The Brick Works, a centre that offers training and mentoring support.
- Scott volunteers as a joiner at The Brick Works near Wigan town centre.
- Charity aim to raise £100,000 during the 2018/19 Championship season.
- Brick Works offers training to increase the employment opportunities for people who are unemployed for a variety of reasons.
For 34-year-old Scott Horne, being associated with The Brick has been a life-changing experience which has enabled him to give back to his community.
A troubled upbringing saw him face alcohol and drug problems, while also being homeless, but it is thanks to The Brick that he has managed to turn his life around.
Now volunteering as a joiner at The Brick Works – a centre that offers training to increase the employment opportunities for people who are unemployed for a variety of reasons – he is part of the team that repurposes old furniture.
With the partnership between Wigan Athletic and The Brick aiming to raise £100,000 this season, Latics fans are being urged to show their generosity on home match days where representatives from the charity will be bucket collecting to secure its long-term future.
Scott said: “I had a difficult start in life and came from a broken home which meant I lived on my own from the age of 14. I was in and out of College and even though I tried my best I didn’t really have a proper support network.
“I’ve dealt with drug, alcohol and homelessness issues in my life, but I’ve witnessed a great sense of outreach from The Brick so all I want to do is give back to others and put something back into a community that has given so much to me.
“I was 27 when I first came across The Brick through being homeless and I’ve been involved with them now for the best past of four years and volunteer at Brick Works as a joiner.
“I’ve picked up a lot of new skills and have been able to hone a lot of old ones too, so going forward I just want to help and support other people who have been in the same situation as me.”
The Brick Works on Hodson Street near Wigan town centre is open to the general public for the sale of recycled, upcycled and handmade furniture and other items, all of which Scott plays a part in.
“I have a passion for woodwork so spend a lot of my time at The Brick Works repurposing furniture and upholstery. There’s so many great projects going on and it’s just brilliant being part of it all.
“The public help us out by donating lots of things which we repurpose and then sell on for a better price, with the money all being used for this centre.”
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