We couldn't do it without you
Our projects are linked to our charitable objective of promoting intercultural integration and overcoming problems which lead to social marginalisation. 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 funding comes from charitable trusts, businesses and statutory bodies, but we don't receive core statutory funding.
We're grateful to all who share our understanding of the needs of migrants and other minority cultural communities in Somerset, and make our work possible.
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 60 people have registered for f2f classes, and 150 are in our social media learner group. This funds a fantastic resource for Sedgemoor communities.
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. Hundreds of young children have benefited from this fund, and our knowledgeable staff team on this project are delighted to be able to make such a difference.
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, supports those who make Somerset home in the long term, and to promote intercultural understanding. Charlie's funding came at a crucial time for our charity, and we can honestly say that we wouldn't be where we are now without it. The fund also supports one of our community workers, who has made a real difference to clients.
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 first-language welfare and immigration help to hundreds of individuals and organisations. This funding also enables us to offer a community translation and interpreting service for individuals and voluntary sector organisations we are working with. Our multilingual welfare and immigration advice service has seen huge demand during the pandemic, and we are grateful to have been able to continue this important work.
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 ongoing impact of the deadline of the Scheme, and to continue to provide and advice hub.
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, so we're better able to advise those who come to us for help.
Our small charity has been under great pressure during the pandemic. We are delighted to have received funding from the National Emergencies Trust to meet our needs as things return to normal. Making sure staff receive update training and have the opportunity to re-engage with each other will ensure in turn that our clients receive the best possible help.
We're working with education services at Somerset County Council to run short courses for parents bringing up bilingual children.
We are working with Somerset County Council who were awarded funding from the DHSC to promote uptake of LF testing among speakers of other languages. Our role is to publicise the project and look after translations. We are also promoting the initiative to local employers, who can take advantage of assisted testing events.
As well as the funding above, we receive smaller sums from local businesses who use our professional translation and interpreting service, and for whom we run workplace language courses.
Profits are returned to support our charitable objectives.
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.
You have 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.
PK, HPC Employee