Archive for 2018

Carols in the City

It was my pleasure to attend the annual Christmas Carols in the City concert last night in support of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. It was good too to meet up with a few friendly familiar faces! I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year 2019. 

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) from Portugal visit Age Friendly Cities – Manchester

Age-Friendly Manchester is a partnership involving organisations, groups and individuals across the city playing their part in making Manchester a great place to grow older. It was approached by people from the Portuguese organisation of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) who wanted to come to Manchester in November to find out more about Age Friendly work. Knowing that Manchester is the leading UK city in Age Friendly issues, they wanted to learn more about the city’s general projects and programmes. And as part of their visit on 20 November, they specifically asked to meet with Wai Yin Society regarding our well-being project. […]

Somme 100 Memorial in Heaton Park

Yesterday, I was honoured to attend an unveiling of a permanent memorial and commemorate the Somme in Heaton Park.  It was a moving ceremony with a performance by Feelgood Theatre and the Halle community choir to remember both those known and unknown who died in the battle there, and whom will never be forgotten. Thank you for inviting me to this special event.   

Visit of Nursing Students from Chinese University of Hong Kong

We recently welcomed a group of nursing students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) to our Wai Yin Society Sheung Lok Centre.  Thank you to Dr Gayatri-Nambiar-Greenwood, Senior Lecturer, at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) who arranged the visit on Monday 12th November 2018. We provided details of our Wai Yin services, our particular health and social care model, and how it has impacted on the community based services provided in Manchester.  We also shared insights, knowledge and discussions about the differences in health care and nursing systems between Hong Kong and England.   They all enjoyed the study visit, learning […]

Women’s Vote Centenary Celebration

Come and join us at the Welcome Centre every Tuesday 12:30 -2:30pm during November to learn more about the Centenary of the Women’s Vote, learn about the UK voting system and how you can participate.  Enjoy free refreshments and have a friendly chat about how you can make your vote count.  

Visit of the Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security

We were delighted to welcome a visit of the Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, to the North West Employers, and to our Wai Yin Society, on 6th November 2018. The delegation attended our Sheung Lok Wellbeing Centre in Ardwick, Manchester, in order to study our integrated work with local authorities and health providers.  It was an enjoyable time of learning, connecting and sharing. 

Volunteers’ Appreciation Lunch 2018

We recently took the opportunity to celebrate all the hard work and commitment of our wonderful volunteers  during the year.  Both the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr June Hitchen,  and the new Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Manchester, Zheng XiYuan, honoured us with their presence, to present certificates to more than 60 of our volunteers,  as a token of our appreciation.  Our volunteers are involved in a wide range of service activities at Wai Yin Society:  such as Tai Chi, Mandarin teaching, Dancing, the Be-friendly scheme, Sheung Lok radio programme, and Macmillan solutions supporting cancer patients.  Also […]

Calligraphy Art Classes at the Welcome Centre

Calligraphy Art classes have started on 27th September at the Welcome Centre from 10 am to 12 noon.  If anyone would like to learn the calligraphy skill, please feel free to come to the Wai Yin Welcome Centre, 18-32 Brentfield Avenue, M8 0TW. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further details: Wai Ling Tang, ETE Project Coordinator, Email: [email protected] Tel: 0161 833 0377 (Headquarters) 0161 792 9760 (Welcome Centre) Work Mobile: 07756005002

Spirit of Manchester Awards 2018

We were delighted to receive the Partnership and Collaboration Award, on behalf of and as a key partner, for the Maya Project. A collaborative approach to support Black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee women and girls in Manchester, dealing with crisis, accessing help and support, developing aspirations and achieving dreams. A big thank you to the key workers at Wai Yin Society: Amy, Woon and Joanna and let’s not forget our unsung heroes, Connie, Lisa Ngan, Anita, Patrick, Ting, other project staff and volunteers who supported the project with home visits, activities and booking arrangement etc.   Note: The Spirit of Manchester Awards […]

Day Trip to Liverpool

A few remaining places available for a family day trip to Liverpool, on Monday 22nd October, during the school half term break. Activities / Venues include:  World Museum, to see some China’s famous terracotta warriors; Albert Dock, which has the Maritime museum, Liverpool museum, Tate Modern and many more attractions. And of course, there is the Liverpool One Shopping Centre.   Please contact  Woon & Amy for more information [Tel]: 0161 833 0377 [Address]: Wai Yin Society 66-68 Swan Street M4 5JU.

Older carers: invisible and undervalued

Older informal carers are usually people over retirement age who are looking after a partner or disabled child.  We have found at the Wai Yin Society that older Chinese carers need more support. Although many find caring a rewarding and loving expression of their relationship with the care recipient, they also tell us that they feel invisible and undervalued. Many of them experience declining health, which is exacerbated by caring for their loved ones. Many are left feeling stressed and exhausted. Older carers often receive no financial support, or do so only after going through a very complicated system. The […]

Revised September to December Course Schedule

Both English and Chinese versions of the revised Sep – Dec 2018 Course Schedule have been uploaded.  Please see web linked attachments below: Sep – Dec 2018 course schedule (Chinese version) revised 1 Sep – Dec 2018 course schedule (Revised 1) All the courses will start in September 2018.  Please do signpost your service users to us if you know of anyone who would like to learn English or ICT skills. If you have any questions, please just ask Ling, tel: 0161 833 0377  

Quiet but not silent, thanks to National Lottery, life stories of older Chinese people can be heard

I want to tell you about an exciting new project, which represents an investigation “crossing cultures, crossing time” for many people within our communities.  In July Wai Yin Society received a National Lottery grant of £36,900 for an exciting heritage project – Crossing the borders – in Manchester. The project will focus on first generation Chinese immigrant who came over to the U.K. from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam and Malaysia. They all have fascinating stories to relate about the different political regimes they have lived under, how they made their way to Britain, and how they settled and made […]

August Bank Holiday Closure 八月公眾假期休息一天

Wai Yin Society is closed on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August, 2018. Service will resume on Tuesday 28th August, 2018.   慧妍社將於二零一八年八月二十七日(星期一)公眾假期休息一天。 我們會於二零一八年八月二十八日(星期二)恢復正常服務。

Wai Yin Society welcomes the new Consul General in Manchester

I, along with other selected representatives of the Chinese community, was invited by the new Consul General, Mr,  Zheng Xiyuan,  to meet with him recently in order to advise on how to enhance the interaction between the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China and the local communities in Manchester.  This is an auspicious start to his term of office on July 25, and we look forward to a successful time of cooperation and mutual development!