Break Linguistics Barriers!

We provide English, Numeracy and IT Courses for our friends. Supporting them to learn English fast and be able to have a life without barriers and integrate in the community; visit the doctor, find a job, support the children and socialise with other people. Brass plays a fundamental role to help them to be independent, to understand English better, having more confidence With more than 100 users in one year. Our classes run weekly throughout the year.
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Conversation Cafe

Convercation CafeConversation Café’ is one of the most appreciate international meetings by our friends. Over 200 individuals have attended into our activity.

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Support Advice

If you are a refugee, asylum seeker or refused asylum seeker, please get in touch with BRASS for friendship and support. We are open Mondays to Fridays, when you can meet our staff and volunteers who are ready to listen to what you have to say regarding your own personal issues.

What our Service Users, Volunteers and Placement Students are saying about BRASS:

"Being involved with BRASS has provided me with knowledge and experience of asylum seekers and refugees that will stay with me throughout my career. Perceptions of this service user group is negatively influenced by media attention. Having the opportunity to work with these individuals through providing advice and being involved in creative and educational activities has given me a true insight into the struggles they face yet their energy and thirst for life that is evident as well as their drive and motivation to better themselves, which BRASS assists with. BRASS promote equality and take pride in their community work, getting involved is simple yet exceptionally beneficial."

Social Work Student A - BA2 Salford University

"I have come to Britain and I live in the city of Bolton with my family. I have worked in the organisation of BRASS [from] 2013. BRASS has helped me a lot in things to improve my language and mixing nationalities."

Individual A:(From the State of Darfur, Sudan)

"I am Nigerian, female i my 30s. Islam is my religion. I grew in Nigeria and had all my education there. Married and living with my husband and our 2 kids, had lived in UK for 8 years. I came in contact with BRASS when I went in search of a sewing group. Asked what BRASS was all about and I was told the charity was about helping people , which I love to do. Offered to be a volunteer when I came in contact with BRASS to keep me busy and another thing is that I love to help. Filled in the forms and waited to be called upon. Meeting people is part of my hobbies. Really learnt a lot since I joined. All the people here are warm and friendly. It's been a life-changing opportunity for me and has really opened my eyes to a lot of things around me."

Individual D: (Service User)

"I am Palestinian, who lived in Iraq for a long time before resettled in the United Kingdom in 2011. I am 58 years old, with a wife and 2 children. My friends told me about BRASS when I arrived asa place where we can get assistance. BRASS helped me to apply for travel documents and citizenship for my whole family, I also joined as a volunteer receptionist for 3 years and now the gardener, looking after the flowers and allotment at the new office. I also helped with Arabic interpreting for people who do not speak English. I attended ESOL classes, and many other projects. This is good for me because I am having experience, meet new people and do the work I love in BRASS. I am very happy at BRASS, and I will bring my friends too."

Individual C: (Service User)

"I came from Syria. I have come to UK to get away from the disastrous war taking place in my country. I am 26 years. I live now in Bolton. I got to know BRASS joined by some friends when I was looking for my rights and how to access them. I got to know BRASS and I liked how to deal with people in need of help and decided to volunteer as an assistant guide then developedwith the help of some member friends there. Now has become a volunteer advisor. Do not despair with hope."

Service User B

"Before starting my Social Work placement at BRASS, I was quite apprehensive where I would fit in as I had no experience in the Immigration and Asylum field and did not know much about it in everyday life. I was aware of the negative stereotypes regarding immigration, although this did not phase me. BRASS for me has been an epiphany and a valuable experience to add to knowledge, skills and values in particular. The main challenge I faced when completing my placement was the language barrier but due to the very helpful staff and volunteers at BRASS, this was quickly overcome. In particular, the volunteers at BRASS are very valuable and knowledgeable as they all have their own experiences. Additionally, the staff ensure you are comfortable and allow active involvement in numerous projects offered and organised by BRASS. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at BRASS including the volunteers for helping and ensuring my placement was enjoyable."

BA II Social Work student; Manchester Metropolitan University

Opening Hours:

Monday: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Thursday: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Friday: 9:30AM - 3:30PM

Contact Us:

The Park Lodge
Green Lane,
Great Lever
Tel: (+44) 01204 397 152
Fax: (+44) 0161 880 2574

Registered Charity Number: 1151557
Company Number: 08318232

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