Wigan glue company sticking with homelessness

Rachel Sharrock (left) and Leoni Brown of Gorilla Glue and Taylor Parkinson of The BrickWorks
Rachel Sharrock (left) and Leoni Brown of Gorilla Glue and Taylor Parkinson of The BrickWorks

A global brand has joined forces with a Wigan homeless charity to help run a service which teaches trade skills to volunteers.

Gorilla Glue has pledged to provide an ongoing supply of its products to the borough homelessness charity, The Brick.

The company, which sells adhesive and sticky tape, will supply material for the charity’s off-shoot, The Brickworks, which uses experienced joiners to work with volunteers and trainees to create unique pieces of handmade furniture.

Items are restored and recycled before being sold to the public. All proceeds go to the running of the charity.

Leoni Brown, Gorilla Glue Europe’s assistant brand manager, said: “Gorilla Glue is a family business that prides itself on giving back to the community.

We look to support charities like The Brick, who provide an essential service to their community, for local people who need it the most.

“As soon as we heard about the up-cycling and restoration projects that The BrickWorks were involved in we knew that we could help, by providing the team with a regular supply of Gorilla Glue products, as and when they need them, to help with all of the projects that they work on.”

The Gorilla Glue team will also be helping with product demonstration sessions for the Brick’s trainees and volunteers and will be working with the charity on a plan of community events for The Brick’s soon-to-open re-use shop.

Rachel Sharrocks, Brickworks team leader, said: “We are so excited to be working with such a well-known brand like Gorilla Glue and having their support means we can offer more opportunities to trainees and volunteers.”

The partnership with The Brick forms an essential part of Gorilla Glue’s corporate social responsibility strategy, which support community initiatives.

The Euxton-based company says its commitment to the project is a long-term one.

Charity bosses launched BrickWorks with the aim of helping those who are homeless, in poverty or facing a debt crisis.

Old pieces of furniture and restored, under the supervision of experienced joiners, and the finished products then sold on, with all the proceeds being channelled back.