CrossReach was launched in June 2005 and was previously known as the Church of Scotland Board of Social Responsibility. Under our new name, CrossReach continues the Church of Scotland’s long tradition of providing care and support. In fact, this work started back in 1869, so we have a long history in the field of social care.
We employ more than 2,000 staff and we support some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland. CrossReach has an annual expenditure of £51 million. Most of our funding comes from local authorities, but we also rely on donations and legacies to help continue our vital work. (See our Fundraising pages for more information).
CrossReach (the Church of Scotland Social Care Council) reports each year to the General Assembly and has the following remit:
- To offer services in Christ’s name to people in need as part of the Church’s mission
- To provide specialist resources to further the caring work of the Church
- To identify existing and emerging areas of need, to guide the Church in pioneering new approaches to relevant problems and to make responses on issues arising within the areas of the Council’s concern through appropriate channels such as the Church & Society Council, the Scottish Executive and the like