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Manchester Walk for Women

There will be a Manchester walk for women, as part of the International Women’s Day activities, 2019. If you are available, please meet us on Saturday 2nd March at 1:30 pm in Chinatown, or 3pm in St Peter’s Square, when we intend to march in solidarity with Manchester for womens’ rights. For more details, please contact:  [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] or call 0161 833 0377 Manchester Walk for Women HQ and Sheung Lok poster

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!      

Wai Yin Society Meets Consul General

I had the pleasure of meeting with the Manchester Consul General, Dr Sun Dali, on 19th May. Dr Sun is returning to Beijing, and I would like to congratulate him on his work here in Manchester, and wish him all the best for the future. 

Wai Yin Staff run Manchester 10K

A very big thank you, and congratulations, to our two staff members, Amy Wong (Family Team) and Wai Ling Tang (ETE Team). Amy and Ling have raised over £600 from running the Manchester 10k.  I would like to give them a big, big, big, thanks for their wonderful efforts to raise money for Wai Yin Society, and in memory of Dr Sylvia Sham.  Amy and Ling are our CHAMPION women runners.  Well Done!    

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International Women’s Day 2018

Women of possibilities! This month, we celebrated International Women’s Day with a number of programmed activities within our local communities.   We were delighted that over 100 people turned up on the actual day (Thursday 8th March) to celebrate International Women’s Day with a number of programmed activities at Sheung Lok Well Being Centre.  A creative drama presented by a group of women brought the audience back to 100 years ago, to the Women’s Suffrage movement in both China and the UK.  It’s not commonly known that those pioneering efforts in China contributed to women getting the vote in the UK. We discussed […]

International Womens Day : Women of Possibilities

We are engaging in a number of activities this month to promote International Womens Day 2018. On Saturday, there will be a “walk for women” in the city centre. We are going to meet at the Chinatown arch at 1pm and from there, link up with the main procession outside central library. Please do come and join us, in support!     Also, on  Thursday 8th March, we will host an event at the Sheung Lok Centre, on the theme of the Womens’ Suffrage movement, details below: To quote the City Council website: “2018 marks the centenary of the Representation […]