New base for Brick will help the homeless

The Brick manager Trish Green and volunteer co-ordinator, husband Howard, at the charity's new premises, Intro House, Rowbottom Square, Arcade Street

The Brick manager Trish Green and volunteer co-ordinator, husband Howard, at the charity's new premises, Intro House, Rowbottom Square, Arcade Street

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A CENTRE which supports homeless and struggling families in Wigan is on the move.

The Brick will move from its current locationin the old Bricklayers Arms, in Hallgate, to Intro House, in Rowbotham Square/Arcade Street, on April 2.

And as part of the big move, the centre, which supports and rehouses homeless people, is expanding to set up a recovery college named Re@B which will improve people’s confidence by providing practical skills.

Trish Green, manager at the Brick, said: “From April 1, when crisis loans finish, we expect to be even busier, trying to help people with debt, managing their finances, supplying food parcels and helping with housing issues through one to one advice.

“So we are setting up a recovery college which will improve people’s confidence and practical skills.

“We have found that alongside practical help, people want to learn to cope with their own issues and problems that will give them skills for life.

“The Brick has run a life skills programme every Tuesday for the last 18 months and the students that have been on the course have learned so much and are grateful for the help they have received.”

Building on this, trainers will offer courses running four days a week, and the topics for the first six weeks include:

Managing relationships – Monday mornings;

Managing change – Monday afternoons;

Confidence building – Tuesday mornings;

Communication – Tuesday afternoons;

Patterns of behaviour – Thursday mornings;

Breaking a destructive lifestyle – Thursday afternoons;

Art and craft – Friday mornings.

Trish added: “All the courses are interactive, sometimes challenging, but always non-judgmental and non-threatening.

“These courses are available to anyone in the Wigan borough who feel that this would help them improve their lifestyle and make a positive contribution to the community.

“There is no cost, no entry requirement and we hope that future courses will be shaped by the people taking part.

“We aim to link to traditional colleges, volunteering roles and mentoring to be able to provide opportunities for people to take this further.”

If you would like to enrol call 01942 236953 and ask for an enrolment form or call in the Brick, in Hallgate, up to March 31 and in Rowbottom Square from April 2.