Archive for the ‘CEO’s Blog’ Category

International Women’s Day 2024

I was delighted to speak at an event on Friday 8th March at the salubrious Portico Library, with curator Iris Yau, and hosted by Carol-Ann Whitehead, Portico Library Trustee and Managing Director of the Zebra Partnership. The talks were entitled “International Women on International Women’s Day” and it was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and recognise all the amazing women in our community! I spoke specifically about the Wai Yin “Crossing the Border Project” about their migration journeys to Manchester. The next morning, we joined up with other organisations in the City Centre for the annual “Walk for Women”

Love in action: no place for hate

I had the privilege recently of speaking and sharing our experiences at an event organised by CARITAS. Greater Manchester’s Hate Crime Awareness Week takes place annually. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of hate crime, while also encouraging victims to report hate crime incidents in the city-region. I encourage anyone suffering incidents to contact community centres such as ours where we have qualified staff committed to tackling abuse, and can provide emotional support in a safe and confidential space.

Manchester is a City for Life

Manchester’s new age-friendly strategy, “Manchester: A City for Life 2023-2028”, was launched today. The strategy has been developed in collaboration with the Age Friendly Manchester (AFM) Older People’s Board, the Age Friendly Assembly, and key strategic partners, services, and frontline workers. The strategy is fully aligned with the Making Manchester Fairer Action Plan and Anti-Poverty Strategy (2022-2027). The new strategy builds on previous progress and looks to a vision for Manchester over the next five years. It proposes a series of immediate and preventative responses to address the ongoing impact of the pandemic and the ensuing cost-of-living crisis on the […]

Women Leading Business with Circle Steele

Join the Alliance Manchester Business School for their monthly networking event. Speak to like-minded business women, discuss ideas, share knowledge and expertise. Come along either either in-person or online to make new connections in an informal setting. This month’s speaker is Circle Steele. Circle serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Wai Yin Society, her extensive experience involves collaborating with diverse and community-based organizations. 18 October 2023, 10:00 – 11:30am. Book your free place at: Women Leading in Business with Circle Steele | Alliance MBS (

Independent Age

It’s lovely to read about Wai Yin and the support from Independent Age recently published. You can find it here: This is an example of partnership work and what can be achieved with support from our sponsors, and I’m very grateful to Independent Age for giving us this opportunity! Thank you again on behalf of all of our service users. “We are so thankful for the Independent Age grant. When we saw reduced funding we knew it would greatly affect people in our area. The cultural taboo of refusing to admit when bills cannot be paid or food bought […]

What a Day to Remember!

It was a great honour to represent Wai Yin Society at a Royal Garden Party, to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles. Long may he reign! It was a lovely, sunny, day in good company at Buckingham Palace.  And what a day to remember!

World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day is a leading international awareness day. Held every 4 February, it’s an initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) aiming to raise worldwide awareness, improving education and catalysing personal, collective and government action. This year’s World Cancer Day’s theme, “Close the Care Gap”, is all about celebrating progress, and enabling more people to seek and obtain care.  Partnership with ‘Answer Cancer’ has funded one of our projects to promote getting screened. One of our Sheung Lok Centre users shares her story of the importance of cancer checks, details below: Our Sheung Lok user shares […]

Celebrating International Day of Older Persons

“Each year, Manchester joins communities around the world in celebrating the United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) on 1 October.  This year we’re celebrating the resilience and contributions of older women, as well as continue to challenge ageism, portraying positive and realistic images of older people.  Women over 65s are the fastest growing female age demographic in Greater Manchester but often feel invisible. Older women’s voices need to be heard so that Manchester is a great place for all women and girls to grow older.  Let’s celebrate the huge economic and social contribution older women make to Manchester, recognising older women as valuable […]

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (1926 – 2022)

All of us at Wai Yin Society are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We join the nation and the world in sending our thoughts and prayers to the Royal family at this sad time. Wai Yin Society will be closed on Monday 19th September 2022. Appointments will be rescheduled.

On Your Side

We are proud to be part of a consortium of 15 national and community-based organisations who together are launching this important UK-wide service today! The Covid-19 pandemic and other national and global events led to a dramatic increase in racism and identity-based violence directed towards East and Southeast Asian communities in the UK If you or anyone you know has ever experienced racism and/or any form of hate – reach out. We’re #OnYourSide We’re very proud to be a part of a consortium launching a new support and reporting service offering culturally competent and trauma-informed support for East and Southeast […]

COVID Vaccine Study -University of Leicester Media

We were delighted to work in partnership with the University of Leicester on a project to “Co-design and implement a COVID-19 vaccine uptake intervention within Chinese communities in England”  Please watch all the information videos, and click your approval:    

Crossing the Borders – Publication Award

We have fantastic news for our publication – Crossing the Borders – which has just won the Alan Ball Award for community publications 2020! The Alan Ball Local History Awards in the United Kingdom exist to recognise outstanding contributions in local history publishing (both in print and in new media), and to encourage the publishing of such works by public libraries and local authorities. The awards were established in the 1980s and are run by the Library Services Trust. They are named after the local history author and former chief librarian of the Harrow and Home Counties libraries. Well done […]

Dumplings of Love: Connected, not Abandoned – Covid19

“The importance of providing love, care and human connection for Chinese communities facing racism” Dumplings of Love: Connected, not Abandoned During the Covid-19 lockdown, basic human contact was a lifeline for many elderly and vulnerable Chinese people that the Wai Yin Society supports. A few weeks ago marked the Dragon Boat Festival, celebrated annually, especially amongst the older members of the Chinese community. They were very excited, some of them waiting for our minibus in their housing complex car park. Others stood outside their own doorways, waving, excited to receive their dumpling and to wish us a “Happy Dragon Boat […]

WIN Conference 2020 (On Line) – Wai Yin

We are delighted to join the partner network of WIN (Women’s International Network) Attending WIN Conference (on-line, 18th June) is an opportunity to exchange best practices in embracing diversity and initiating inclusive cultures. This event will provide you with inspiration, knowledge, practical tools and contacts to help you succeed and prepare for the future. It will help you lead the way and support others that do so too. Tickets for WIN Conference (on-line) can now be booked on the following Eventbrite page:   The Early Bird is available until 3pm on 15th June. We hope that you can join us! […]