This year Carers' Rights Day falls on 30 November. To raise awareness of the welfare issues that millions of carers face daily in performing their dedicated but unpaid role, CWT has released a Chinese language article in the Nouvelle d'Europe newspaper.
You can read the article here.
The rights and needs of carers in the Chinese community has been a central theme of CWT's work in the last couple of years. We have given workshops in London-based community centres and organised the first ever Chinese-focused Carers' Week seminar in June 2017.
This year has seen our efforts focusing mainly on carers of dementia sufferers. The Admiral Nurse Project is a new area of service we are developing with Dementia UK and the Chinese National Healthy Living Centre to address this growing area of concern.
We are actively raising funds to train the first Chinese-speaking Admiral Nurse to provide specialist dementia support to Chinese families. As dementia is a slow-developing condition, sufferers often live at home with their family members for an extended period of time, often running into years. It is therefore common for family members to take on the role of a carer at one point or another. Over the course of this illness, the whole family have to learn to adapt to the changing behaviour and declining mental capacity of the dementia sufferer, and many will eventually have to make the difficult decision how best to provide for their loved one's care needs as the illness progresses.
If you think this is a worthwhile cause, please donate to this project and help us establish this service sooner for those who need it in our community.
You can read more about the Admiral Nurse Project in Chinese and English here.
We had a most wonderful time on 1st October celebrating our 10th anniversary at Bright Courtyard Club. The great and the good of the UK Chinese community came to celebrate with us, alongside long-time and new supporters. Generous donors lent their support and their works of art to our charity auction which generated a lot of interests (and bids), and renowned UK-based Chinese soprano Ms Wang Chen gave an enjoyable performance to our dinner guests.
Founders Eddie Chan and Stephen Perry reminded us how far we had come along as an organisation, while current co-chairs Mei Sim Lai OBE DL and Merlene Emerson MBE reaffirmed that we would remain true to our vision. In Lord McNally's entertaining speech congratulating Chinese Welfare Trust's progress into the second decade, he remarked the relevance of the work of CWT in the UK Chinese community where traditional cultural values still matter. We also used this auspicious occasion to launch our community research report on the state of UK Chinese community organisations (due to be published), as well as raise awareness of our new initiative - the Admiral Nurse Project - to help Chinese dementia sufferers and their families. We are most grateful that representatives from Dementia UK came to show us their support.
Of course, what birthday celebration would be complete without the cutting of a cake! Thank you to all who came to share this memorable occasion with us, and we look forward to continue working closely with like-minded individuals and organisations to benefit older Chinese people in the UK.
Read the Nouvelle d'Europe newspaper report in Chinese here.
This year marks our tenth year in serving the Chinese community in the UK.
Right from the start, our mission is to help the isolated and vulnerable older Chinese people living in this country. This year we have launched a new initiative - the Admiral Nurse Project. We are working towards training the first Chinese-speaking dementia support specialist to benefit the Chinese community in the UK.
To celebrate this auspicious occasion, we are holding a special dinner event on Monday 1st October at the Bright Courtyard Club on Baker Street, London.
We will be joined by CWT's founders Mr Stephen Perry, Chairman of The 48 Group Club, and Mr Eddie Chan, Director of the Chinese National Healthy Living Centre.
We are greatly honoured that Lord McNally will be our Guest Speaker.
Tickets cost £88 per person and £830 for a table of ten.
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This dinner event is about celebration as much as it is about raising funds for the important work of CWT with helping the Chinese elderly in the UK. Come and join us!
Well done Team CWT for getting into the final of the charity category in yesterday's Dragon Boat race at the Albert Dock! The sun was shinning (almost too hot) and it was such a family-friendly festival. Thanks to everyone who put in tremendous efforts in paddling the boat and manning the CWT stall. The Duan Wujie 端午節 celebrations this year may be over for now but our efforts in raising awareness of the Admiral Nurse project continues. Help us bring the first Chinese-speaking Admiral Nurse project to reality soon.
We are gearing up for this year's London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Race Festival on 3 June at the Royal Docks Adventure in East London! For the first time Chinese Welfare Trust is fielding a team of 20 paddlers to take part in races in the charity category.
It's our 10th anniversary this year and we'd like to mark it with a series of auspicious celebratory events, and the Dragon Boat Festival in London with international participants and lots of drumming is certainly one to go for! To make it extra special we have decided to fundraise for the first Chinese-speaking Admiral Nurse, a specialist nurse supporting people with dementia and their carers. We are proud to be teaming up with two national charities, Dementia UK and Chinese National Healthy Living Centre, to realise this project to bridge the current service gap within the UK Chinese community.
Please support our boat team and the Admiral Nurse project by clicking on this link:
Our thanks go to this event's main sponsor, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, which has also lent us 8 paddlers to field the team. Look out for 'Team CWT' on the day and hope to see many of you cheering for us on the side!
You can find out more about Admiral Nurses here:
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Watch CWT’s former Chair and current Trustee, Eddie Chan, speak about UK’s Chinese community suffering in silence in Victoria Derbyshire’s programme on the BBC.
Chinese Welfare Trust’s sell-out forum, kindly hosted by The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP, on “China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Opportunities for UK” was held in the House of Commons on 19 October. The forum was timely, as pointed out by Co-Chair Mei Sim Lai in her welcome address, as it coincided with the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.
Furthermore, as China deepens its resolve to implement the Belt and Road Initiative, there is increasing recognition among UK businesses and investors that they need to prepare to take full advantage of the economic opportunities this strategic blueprint will bring to Asia and Europe.
CWT celebrated this year’s Carers Week with a seminar which is the first of its kind to have been organised within the Chinese community in the UK. Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
The two-hour seminar held on 12 June entitled The State of Caring: Towards Building a Supportive Community for the Wellbeing of the Elderly and Their Carerstook place in the London Chinese Community Centre. It was led by a distinguished panel of speakers drawn from the voluntary and statutory sectors in Manchester, Birmingham and London. They were joined by a body of audience comprised of representatives from Chinese community organisations, members of the concerned public and a host of Chinese media news outlets.Read more
Chinese Welfare Trust is celebrating this year's National Carers Week with a seminar in recognition of the immense contribution unpaid carers are making to local communities.
The seminar is entitled 'The State of Caring: Towards Building a Supportive Community for the Wellbeing of the Elderly and their Carers'. It will take place on Monday 12 June from 4pm for 4:30 to 6:30pm at Chinese Community Centre at 2 Leicester Court London WC2H 7DW.
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