Giving back to the communities we call home
Since our inception in 1959, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been a vital part of the KYOCERA DNA, which is why we regularly donate devices to support charities close to the communities we call home. Our latest donation comes in the form of a brand new ECOSYS M6035cidn printer, which we have chosen to donate to Bolton’s Befriending Refugee and Asylum Seeker Service (BRASS).
BRASS are a non-religious organisation run by dedicated volunteers to address the lack of support for refugees and asylum seekers entering Bolton. The organisation offers free specialised advice on immigration, asylum, job searching, citizenship and legal rights. In addition, BRASS runs a variety of services to teach English, cultural rights and responsibilities, better transition refugees to UK life, and aid in any other area refugees may need help in. BRASS works closely with similar organisations, such as the British Red Cross and Refugee Action.
The ECOSYS M6035cidn printer will replace BRASS’s previous device which, although initially able to support the organisation, quickly became overpowered and ineffective as the organisation – and its printing needs – grew. The new device will be used by the organisation’s staff, as well as a much wider group of volunteers, student teachers and visitors, to support the organisation’s many activities.
“As well as help with citizenship and immigration, we also help with letters, bills, rent and anything else about UK life that may be confusing to someone stepping into it for the first time,” says Carol Richards, Project Manager at BRASS. “In many countries, residents pay one all-encompassing rental fee and nothing else, so monthly gas, electricity and other utility bills can be a totally foreign concept to some people – and naturally results in a lot of printing!”
Brass now have three satellite projects none of which have a printer available to them, having a printer at our disposal will save us time as well as being available for our volunteers, student teachers and service users. The donation of a brand-new printer will not only be a huge support to BRASS in the years to come, but it will also save the organisation money that can be better spent addressing refugee needs in Bolton.
“We don’t stop at legal services – our network of volunteers also runs everything from maths classes, sewing groups, creative writing courses and mindfulness exercises to give refugees a wide range of skills and create a real community spirit,” continues Carol. “It’s not all business of course, and we regularly host lunches, family days and kids’ activities. The money we would have had to spend on a new printer can now be used elsewhere, where it’s really needed.”