Crossroads Global Village (UK) offers three global services: Global Hand, Global X-perience and Global Handicrafts.
‘Got/need goods?’ We began with the Global Hand UK service alone, back in 2002: a ‘matching’ service that helps UK donors, in particular, find UK/other charities who might benefit from donations which can strategically empower NGOs. Many awesome matches happened through our website, www.globalhand.org, supported by a UK team on the ground. These matches are guided by our standards of best practice to ensure that aid given is good aid. In time, the United Nations asked Global Hand to develop a version of its technology to facilitate UN engagement with the corporate sector, globally. Our UK team helped support some of the steps needed and the website can be seen at www.business.un.org
Need an inspiration experience? Later, in the UK we began offering a second ‘global’: Global X-perience. These are ‘x-periences’ that allow participants to take a few steps ‘in the shoes’ of people who suffer. They do not watch a video or listen to a speaker. They enter into a simulation which allows them to experience, for themselves, a little of what it is like to face those issues. We offer them in the UK on a range of topics. Menu here.
Love fair trade? So do we! At the same time we began Global Handicrafts: the sale of fair trade products that deliver a decent return for decent work. These provide a chance to help empower people seeking to work their way out of poverty through growing/creating products which are then sold around the world. More here.
Registration: Crossroads Global Village (UK)
With all three globals up and running in the UK, it was time to re-brand. We were no longer simply Global Hand so we registered under the umbrella name for the organisation, Crossroads Global Village (UK).
Its essence is this. While it’s true that we live in a big world, we are, today, better equipped than ever before to operate as a global village: a place where we can be global neighbours who help each other. Our goal is to be a crossroads connecting people in need with those who can make a difference.
In 2013, we were registered with the Charity Commission as Crossroads Global Village (UK) – Charity Registration number: 1153488.