Chinese New Year Reception at the House of Lords 2015

On 2 March 2015, Chinese Welfare Trust held their Chinese New Year reception at the prestigious River Room of the House of Lords.

Co-Chair Merlene Toh Emerson welcomed guests to the reception and was delighted to introduce co-hosts Lord Nat Wei and Lord Tim Clement Jones CBE. The latter, who is the Liberal Democrat’s spokesman for Culture, Media and Sport in the House of Lords, gave a humorous speech and wished everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year of the Sheep.

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Chinese Welfare Trust A Night of Music with Catherine Cheung and Jian Ren

On the evening of 25th Nov 2014 at the beautiful St Lawrence Jewry Church in the city of London, the Chinese Welfare Trust (CWT) held our premier concert. Two world acclaimed musicians, London born pianist and composer, Catherine Cheung and Shanghai born, violinist, Jian Ren gave scintillating performances to an enraptured audience.

Co-Chair of the Trust, Merlene Emerson welcomed around 120 guests from different backgrounds -- city professionals, health and care workers as well as volunteers and elderly residents from the Chinese community -- to this special event.

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CWT chosen as one of two charities to benefit from “Ebb and Flow” exhibition

Ebb and Flow is a contemporary photographic exhibition by renowned Chinese photographer Mr. Qin Yuhai.  His works are based on his long engagement and relationship with Mount Yuntai in central China’s Henan Province and the photographs the result of years of studying how best to represent the essence of water. 

As Qin Yuhai says, “Photography is my immutable way of life, and water is the subject of a lifelong artistic pursuit.”

The free exhibition is held at the Saatchi Gallery between 11 – 15 June. 

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CWT appoints Chris Seow萧可信 as Academic Liaison Officer

CWT is a national charity with the aims of assisting the Chinese living in Britain.   We are interested in working with Institutes of Higher Education to gather evidence (both qualitative or quantitative) about the real welfare issues that exist within the Chinese community in the UK.

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Private reception at the House of Lords on 23 January

On 23 January, Chinese Welfare Trust held a private reception at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Tim Clement-Jones.

The evening was well attended by members from the Housing sector, Academia as well as Chinese Community Associations. The purpose of the evening was not only to celebrate the New year with friends, stakeholders and supporters but also to update them on CWT’s plans for the coming year.    

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New Year Drinks and Press event on 23 January

Chinese Welfare Trust and Lord Tim Clement-Jones are hosting a New Year drinks and press conference at the House of Lords on 23 January. With the new year, we have new plans to share with community stakeholders and friends and to thank everyone for their support to date. By invitation only.

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British Sino Charity Golf events organised by 48 Group Club

The Trust has been the lucky beneficiary of annual golf charitable events supported by the 48 Group Club and corporate sponsors dating back to the 4th Sino British Golf Day in 2009.

The 5th Sino British Golf Day was held at the Shires Golf Club in 2010, the 6th at Redbourn Golf Club in Hertfordshire in 2011, and the 7th Sino British Golf Day at Aldwickbury Park in 2012. The latest Sino British Golf Day hosted by the 48 Group Club was held last year at Brocket Hall Golf Club. It was another great success with net proceeds donated to the Trust.

All the events were well attended including by the Chinese Ambassador HE Liu XiaoMing.

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Interview with Eddie Chan (Chair of CWT 2008-2013)

Engineer-turned-charity-worker looks after elderly Chinese alone in Britain

Today's London is full of Chinese faces ranging from young students to experienced professionals and curious tourists. But among them is a growing population of isolated elderly Chinese who are desperately in need of help, according to a charity organization.

"At present, there is no care home or shelter housing in and around London sympathetic to elderly Chinese people's cultural needs, where they can live in peace, harmony and dignity," says Eddie Chan, chairman of the Chinese Welfare Trust.

"We are here to help because sometimes a little help can mean a lot. For example, a conversation in Mandarin can save an elderly Chinese person from becoming depressed, or reminding them about taking medicine can keep them healthy."

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Chinese Speaking Support Worker

Joe Hung has started to work for the Chinese Welfare Trust as a support worker for the clients of Soho Housing Association.

Joe Hung who speaks Mandarin and Cantonese has a long and distinguished career working for various Chinese community centres, the Chinese Immigration Concern Committee as well as running interpreting & translation services and Cantonese and Mandarin classes.

He will be working 18 hours a week and will be visiting the Chinese clients of Soho Housing Association in Westminster and Camden.

Homeless Chinese Elder Housed

Mr. Ling

Mr. Ling contacted the Chinese Welfare Trust to help him resolve his housing situation. Mr Ling heard from a friend about the work of Chinese Welfare Trust.

Mr. Ling an immigrant from Hong Kong spent all is working life in UK working for several Chinese restaurants often living in accommodation above the restaurant some of which was very basic.

He was made redundant in October 2010 and faced eviction from a room he rented in a house in Plaistow, East London, as he was unable to pay the rent. He spent many months looking for work but as he was 64 years old and suffering from arthritis in his hands he was unsuccessful in finding a position. His family no longer live with him and he was isolated and lonely apart from two friends in East London. He tried unsuccessfully to find suitable accommodation through the local authority and was very worried and stressed as he thought he would be homeless very soon.

The Chinese Welfare Trust was able to find him accommodation at Homestead Court in Barnet where a Chinese couple are already residents. After completing several formalities he was accepted to the scheme on 17th October and has since moved into the scheme. He is now very happy and is attending English and computer classes.

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