Since its inception in October 2010, Highland Perthshire Crossing Borders, known as Crossing Borders, has worked with people from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, France,Germany, Italy, Spain, Romania, Lithuania, Pakistan and the UK.Our aim is a better quality of life for migrants and for all of us, improving integration through enhanced language skills, and connecting people within the local community. Crossing Borders also acts as a signpost service to all community, council and public organisations and services.
Background to the Project
Around 2008 it was noticed by local tutors that there was great demand from within the migrant community to learn English and to access assistance with other practical matters pertinent to settling in the UK, covering a wide range of concerns finances, housing employment, etc. Crossing Borders started in October 2010 as part of the Hipshire Community Network, overseen by their Trustees. It was then registered as an individual SCIO , called Highland Perthshire Crossing Borders SCIO, in September 2014. It continued to benefit both the host and the migrant community in the Highland Perthshire area.The charity is now extending its reach to people who will benefit from online assistance, meaning that a wider geographical area will be covered throughout Perth and Kinross, and many more people will gain assistance, free of charge..
HPCB has clearly defined charitable purposes: (to advance education, citizenship, community development, human rights; to promote racial harmony, equality and diversity; and to implement relief of those in need). It meets these purposes with practical, flexible and easily accessible community services for individuals and families of any nationality, age or background.