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Burwell Print celebrates boost from Covid fund

A new recycling project is helping workers at a social enterprise print and design business keep busy while they shield at home from Covid-19.

Before the lockdown, Burwell Print employed up to 30 adults with learning disabilities as printers at its base in The Causeway, where high quality merchandise including leaflets and flyers, magazine and book printing, clothing items, banners and signs are produced for many companies and clients across Cambridgeshire.

“Unfortunately, even though our doors have now re-opened, our printers continue to shield at home and we have had concerns about their mental health,” said manager Jo Graham.

Burwell print appeal (38455814)
Burwell print appeal (38455814)

“We were delighted when the Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund awarded us funding for a recycling project which will help the printers stay busy as well as contribute to the future of Burwell Print,” she added.

Using the business’s own shredded paper waste, the homebound printers have turned their hands to creating eco-bricks or briquettes which have a variety of uses, including in the manufacture of furniture, playgrounds and building projects in developing countries.

Burwell Print Centre (38457122)
Burwell Print Centre (38457122)

“The process requires special equipment which the grant has helped to secure and requires the hands to get a bit dirty but it is a great way to cut waste, recycle and help the environment,” said Jo.

Burwell Print’s 30 printers, some of whom have been with the business for 20 years, normally work 10 per shift beside a design team and a support staff of three, but take responsibility for many day-to-day administration duties

The business, which will reach its 32nd anniversary in September, is just one of thelocal charities and groups to have been helped by the Cambridgeshire CoronavirusCommunity Fund which has providedemergency funding to deal with issues affecting older and vulnerable people and has itself been helped withgenerous donations frombusinesses andprivate donors.