Supporting people sleeping rough


WITH more than 13 people in Wigan currently living rough, local organisations are striving to help those in need,

The Brick, based in Arcade Street, helps and supports people from the streets to independent living.

There are currently 13 people living on the streets, but workers expect there are many more hidden homeless, as there are those that are sofa surfing or living in unsafe or bad conditions.

On a daily basis, it has approximately 30 visitors accessing its help service, as they require food parcels, training, debt advice, housing advice, benefits help or are homeless or facing eviction.

In the last 12 months, volunteers have worked with 195 people and helped them into housing and support.

The Brick is now supporting No Second Night Out - a national policy focused on people that are new to the streets and find themselves sleeping rough for the first time.

Trish Green, founder of The Brick, said: “Many of these are young and frightened about what has happened to them. We allow them a stay in an emergency bed and work with them to find more settled accommodation over the next couple of weeks.

“We offer a rapid response to ensure that people don’t spend a second night sleeping out and gain access to the support services they require.”

l Poverty and Homelessness Actin Week runs from January 25 to February 2. See tomorrow’s Wigan Evening Post for more information on support services.