We couldn't do it without you
Our projects are linked to our charitable objective of promoting intercultural integration. We do this by providing support and services to create equality of opportunity and engender respect for all.
Our team works in partnership with Somerset's voluntary and statutory sectors to achieve our goals, which helps us learn, strengthen our delivery and avoid service duplication. We are grateful for the co-operation we receive from our friends in these sectors.
Our English Club is a fantastic community resource where hundreds of people have found out about UK culture, learned English and found new friendships. We also run a busy social media group for learners, with daily chat and tips. Our social learning platform and weekly lessons in Facebook Rooms add flexibility to this offering. This year over 50 people have registered for f2f classes, and 130 are in our social media learner group.
We've been working with children and parents since 2015, and are regular visitors to Somerset's schools and early years settings. Through this service agreement we also provide interpreting services to Children's Social Care and other LA departments and support parents of children with English as a second language.
We were super excited to receive funding from Charlie, who understands the reasons that people migrate, and the challenges they face. Our new project seeks to help overcome some of the stereotypes and assumptions people have about migrants and to promote intercultural understanding.
This funding has been invaluable in helping us reach our charitable objectives. This year we've run neighbourhood and workplace training for over 50 people, attended or delivered 6 events and provided advice to hundreds of individuals and organisations. We've strengthened our organisation and made strong links with voluntary and statutory organisations. This funding enables us to offer a community translation and interpreting services for individuals and voluntary sector organisations we are working with.
We have been providing OISC-registered advice and support for applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme since October 2019, and recently partnered with county and district councils to help to mitigate the impact of the effect of the deadline for applications to the EUSS. After June 2021, only applications from those with special circumstances will be possible. The project for application support was funded by the Home Office until March 2021, and our application advisers are funded through the HPC community fund.
We represent the interests of Somerset's migrant and other ethnic minority communities at the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, where we advise on cultural differences and help to overcome language barriers. This also helps us to understand the services and support available locally.
As well as the funding above, we receive smaller sums from the sale of translation and interpreting, workplace language courses and consultancy. Profits support our core costs.
I would like to say Big Thank You for let my son enjoy your English session through the summer. This was the best experience and he loved so much and he enjoyed so much. This gives him opportunity and responsibility what he really enjoyed.
He love so much session with Miss Joanna Szmaj, The teacher of his school said to me that he is like different child.
Karolina has helped many of us and not only those working on HPC. She does settlement statuses for us, and helped many people in need during COVID-19 with filling out all the forms that we need to continue our functioning in these crazy times.
There are older people among us who not only have a problem with the language, but also IT, and in any case we can count on Ms. Karolina.
PK, HPC Employee