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About Us

Chinese Welfare Trust is a national charity that brings together like-minded individuals and organisations of various backgrounds, with the common goal of working towards a better future for the Chinese community in the UK. 

CWT was co-founded by Eddie Chan, then Director of the National Chinese Healthy Living Centre, and Stephen Perry, Chairman of The 48 Group Club on 7 March 2008 . Both strongly believed in the need to establish a national organisation  to help the elderly and others in the Chinese community in the UK. Stephen was a trustee until 1 June 2018 when he became the Honorary President of CWT.

The Trust is currently co-chaired by Mei Sim Lai OBE DL and Eddie Chan. Trustees bring to the Board the experience, understanding and skills which are vital for realising the Trust's goals. 

Our core priority is to meet the needs of people with Chinese heritage who find themselves isolated, marginalised and who may have a language barrier.

We are delighted to see many regional Chinese community organisations scattered across the country that do excellent work in their local communities. 


We will continue to partner with local and national non-profits to identify the needs of the most vulnerable in our community to ensure that no one is left behind.  

What we do

We help all people of Chinese heritage who live in the UK, young and old, and wherever they may have originated - China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and elsewhere.

In recent years, we have a built up a track record of working alongside a number of regional Chinese community organisations in tackling hate crime against East and Southeast Asian people and raising awareness of brain health. Our trail-blazing specialist dementia support service in partnership with Dementia UK has also attracted attention from Chinese community organisations outside of London who are looking into setting up a similar service for their local beneficiaries. We continue to provide a Cantonese- and Mandarin- speaking counselling service to people who prefer to access help from counsellors that are sensitive to their cultural needs.

We have the long term vision of building an extra-care home in London.

Meet The Team

             Privacy and GDPR

Chinese Welfare Trust (hereafter ‘CWT’) is committed to protecting your privacy in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and we want to ensure that you feel comfortable with our data and privacy processes. This Privacy Notice sets out how we collect, use and store your personal information (information that identifies or could identify you.


CWT is a national charity (no.1126505) that aims to help vulnerable and isolated Chinese elderly in the UK. We defend the rights and improve the welfare of older Chinese and East Asians by providing outreach support for individuals. From time to time we also hold fundraising and awareness-raising activities. We only collect and process data which is necessary to support these aims and activities.

For the purposes of GDPR, we are a “data controller” which means that we are responsible for determining the purposes and means of processing your personal information. For the delivery of our services we may rely on “data processors”, such as email delivery platforms. These “data processors” will be responsible for processing your data and will not share your data with third parties unless you have given them express consent to do so.


When you visit our website we gather anonymised browsing information, which includes things like which pages you visit, how you arrived at the site (via a search engine or social media, for example). We may use ‘cookies’ which are stored on your computer and help us recognise you when you revisit our website and to help us monitor traffic. We may also track which pages you visit when you click on links in our emails or other communications.


If you sign up for our email newsletter we will ask for your first name, surname and email address. By signing up to our newsletter you will receive up to four emails in a calendar year on the latest news and initiatives relating to the work of CWT and elderly welfare in the UK. You can opt out of these emails at any time by clicking unsubscribe at the bottom of the email or by contacting us here.


If making a monetary donation to CWT we may collect certain information via a third party donation platform such as Charities Aid Foundation. This information will include the data needed to process the donation and associated actions such as Gift Aid. This data will not be used for other purposes such as news updates unless you have given your express consent.


We only keep your data for as long as is reasonable and necessary for the relevant activity. For ongoing activities such as newsletter updates, we will keep your data until such time as you request otherwise.

You retain your rights to the personal information that we hold about you. These include the right to:

  • request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you, and information about why we use it, who we share it with and how long we keep it.

  • object to the way in which we process your personal information.

  • withdraw your consent at any time.

  • ask us to rectify and inaccurate or incomplete personal information about you.

  • ask us to delete your personal information if you have withdrawn consent or we have no lawful basis for keeping it


You can exercise any of these rights, make a complaint or request more information about our privacy processes by contacting us here.

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