There is an increasing awareness in society today that both paid and unpaid carers need far more recognition and support than what they are currently getting. Whilst there are a variety of voluntary organisations in the UK that are already doing a lot of good work in supporting carers in the general population, we at the Chinese Welfare Trust believe that there is a need to raise awareness of the specific support needs of Chinese carers within our community. We want to help make a case to improve their welfare as well as the care quality of the vulnerable elderly they look after. With this in mind, our Project Co-ordinator Joe Hung spoke to a Chinese care worker who he has regular contact with and gained an insight into the work of being a carer...Read more
On Monday 7th March CWT had the pleasure to celebrate International Women's Day at a lunch gathering with more than sixty older Chinese people in Ho Ming Wah Community Centre in Charing Cross...Read more
On the sunny afternoon of 23rd September 2015, Chinese Welfare Trust had the pleasure to pay a visit to one of the few elderly care homes on the outskirt of Greater London that has a sizeable proportion of Chinese residents.
Littledene House is situated about six miles north of Stanmore at the end of the Jubilee Line. The proprietor and manager, Margaret Ang, is a registered nurse who came to the UK in the early 1990s. Margaret has a wealth of managerial experience in the care sector before taking on Littledene House, first starting in Barnet where she helped her brother manage a 40-bed residential care home for the elderly.
Littledene House is today a much extended property with 14 residents living in modern facilities with a high standard of care. It provides specialist care for elderly residents living with dementia. We were impressed by the level of cleanliness and the bright and airy feel of the place. The residents looked relaxed and happy. In the latest audit by the Care Quality Commission in July, Littledene House was rated as good against all assessment criteria.
As Margaret related to us, it involves a lot of hard work and dedication in order to maintain consistently high standards in the provision of care. Since the national scandals of Winterbourne View and Southern Cross several years back, the care sector has been regulated tighter than ever before. Various statutory regulatory bodies impose stringent assessment regimes that make the management of institutional care a demanding task which at times feel like a burden. However, as Margaret pointed out, high standards of care can only be delivered if there are enough well-trained staff to provide the service in the first place. The restriction imposed by UK Border Agency on the number of non-EU workers means that many care providers are chronically understaffed, thereby negatively impacting on the quality of care service.
Despite these challenging conditions of operation, Margaret remains unswerving in her determination to run an impecable care home for the elderly. She sees her business as more than an enterprise; to her, it is a vocation. As there is to date no dedicated extra care home for older Chinese people in the UK, Littledene House continues to play a vital role in providing culturally sensitive care services to the Chinese community.
For more information on Littledene House, please visit their website:
with a guest performance by the Chinese Elvis...
On 21 September 2015, Chinese Welfare Trust (CWT) held their Mid-Autumn Fundraising Dinner at the Bright Courtyard Club in London.
The evening was well attended by guests drawn from the corporate world, as well as various social service organisations such as Chinese Community Centres. Many community organisations are keen to work with CWT to improve the welfare of Chinese elderly in the UK...Read more
Chinese Welfare Trust (CWT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Yan Hua Ou as the Trust’s youngest trustee. Hua joined CWT as a voluntary Director of Communications in February 2015 to help the development of IT and design. She spearheaded the marketing strategy of social media and email campaign, and helped launch the Friends of CWT scheme.Read more
A new milestone of service delivery has been reached here at Chinese Welfare Trust. Yesterday (29th April 2015) saw the launch of the first session of our pilot project, which aims to enrich the lives of Chinese elderly by organising a tea party centred around a health talk.
The party-cum-health talk was held at the premises of our project partner Oasis in Chinatown. This event was also co-hosted by the Soho-based Chinese National Healthy Living Centre and the national charity Contact the Elderly.Read more
Chinese Welfare Trust is committed to supporting and empowering the poor and vulnerable Chinese living in the United Kingdom. Our first priority is to meet the needs of the elderly who find themselves marginalised and isolated in our community, particularly in the area of housing.
Your regular gift will help us build up the vital funds we need to run support services that are tailored to the needs of our target beneficiaries. In the next twelve months we will be...Read more
Chinese Welfare Trust was established in 2008 with the aim of working to help the Chinese community living in the UK.
Dr Lisa Yeung Donaldson was appointed on 1 February as the Project Director to expand the work and capacity of the charity.Read more