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Community research

A community research project entitled "Chinese Community Centres in the UK: Changing Landscapes, Challenges and Strategies for the Future" was commissioned in 2018 during our 10th anniversary year to document the challenges facing Chinese community organisations and how they might adapt to remain sustainable and relevant to the changing needs of the Chinese community. The final report was formally launched at a forum organised by Chinese Welfare Trust in the House of Lords on 20 February 2019.

Foreword by Rt. Hon. Lord McNally

For over 30 years, Chinese community organisations have been helping the most vulnerable members of all ages in their local community around the UK. Since 2008, their operation has come under immense financial strain as the economic squeeze continues to put pressure on their ability to maintain sustainable services. Chinese Welfare Trust as a leading voice of the Chinese community has commissioned a timely and much-needed piece of research to assess the impact dwindling public resources has had on community organisations that are considered as valuable assets of our civil society. Through interviews with long-serving community leaders, we can clearly hear their aspiration and resolve to overcome challenges as they try to find ways to navigate a brighter future. This report is a call to positive action, as each Chinese community centre comes together and collectively forge a path forward with a mission to deliver services that better meet the needs of its users. I commend the achievement of this report.

                                                                                                                          Tom McNally

                                                                                                                    Rt. Hon. Lord McNally

                                                                                                                           February 2019

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