Archive for the ‘CEO’s Blog’ Category

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 […]

Thank You all Visitors, Volunteers and Staff at our Chinese New Year Stall

 A very big “thank you” to all the visitors who celebrated with us, and staff and volunteers who turned out on Sunday 18th February in Albert Square to assist with Manchester’s Chinese New Year of the Dog celebrations, which raised awareness of  Wai Yin Society’s services among the general public. This year’s festival was arguably the best ever! We were able to entertain the public on the day with a variety of activities (choi-san fancy dress, writing Chinese names, guess the name of our dog, treasure hunt, selling paper dragons etc.), and I believe that this in itself is a valuable service that contributes to […]

Wai Yin awarded Matrix Quality Mark

We are delighted to announce that Wai Yin Society has recently renewed and been re-awarded the Matrix Standard. We have been successful in obtaining the Matrix Quality Mark for another 3 years! ‘If an organisation has the Matrix Standard, you know they are up to a benchmark of quality in terms of their provision.’ The Matrix Standard is a unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals. We hold the Matrix Quality Mark, which provides you with assurance that we […]

Vietnamese Academics Visit Wai Yin Society

Recently (23rd October) we were delighted to welcome a group of academic visitors from Vietnam to Wai Yin Society. They spent time with us learning about the UK’s system of, and our specific model of health and social care that we apply at our Sheung Lok Wellbeing Centre. As a result of their visit, they indicated that they will be taking back the good practices, that we have learned, to their country. (Photo: Wai Yin Society CEO, Circle Steele, welcomes academic visitors from the Institute for Family and Gender Studies at the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Prof. Minh Nguyen, Dr […]

China Women’s Delegation Visits Wai Yin Society

We were pleased to welcome a delegation of visitors from Jiangxi Provincial Women’s Federation, People’s Republic of China, to our offices on Friday 27th October. We explained in a series of presentations and discussions the needs and challenges that we, and our service users, faced since our beginnings in Chinatown some 30 years ago to Chinese women and their families in order that they participate fully in British life;  the vastly expanded services (including health and social care, anti-poverty, welfare advice, family support, youth work, ESOL lessons) that we now deliver from our three Centres in Greater Manchester to people […]

Universal Credit Training Session

We were delighted to welcome Chris Hulse, Partnership Manager, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), to Wai Yin Society Head Quarters, on Wednesday 18th October, to deliver training on the new Universal Credit System. Our team of AQS accredited advice workers, other staff and volunteers (17 attended the training), listened to how the new online claim system will work, and how we might best help our clients understand and navigate the new system confidently, without unnecessary delays and difficulties. There was a useful question and answer session, and Chris emphasised the value of Wai Yin Society’s work as a partner, especially […]

Annual Staff and Volunteer Appreciation Lunch 2017

Wai Yin Society recently celebrated the commitment and hard work of all staff and volunteers (including the Trustees) at the annual appreciation lunch on Friday 6th October 2017. More than ninety participants were in attendance including friends and family. Heart warming speeches were made, and certificates awarded to all our star volunteers. The event was a great success! We celebrated the hard work and achievements of all our staff, and especially volunteers without whom we could not survive and flourish. These include: our newly formed, and award winning, community radio volunteers, as well as tai chi performance group, line dance organisers, cycling […]

Manchester Half Marathon Fundraiser

I would like to inform you that Woon Cheng has raised £560 from running the Manchester Half Marathon on Sunday 15th October, and she completed it in 2hours and 30 minutes!   We would like to give her a big thanks for her fantastic effort, to raise money for Wai Yin Society, and also to prepare for this race event.   She is our STAR women runner.  Well Done!

Radio Sheung Lok -ALL FM – Bronze Award

I am delighted to announce that Radio Sheung Lok – ALL FM received the Bronze Award for Community Development Project of the year from the national Community Radio Awards on Saturday 23th September, which took place in Bristol, South West England. A panel of over 50 judges drawn from the BBC, commercial radio, community radio, other media and also academia selected the best programmes and stations from more than 350 entries from 70 community radio stations, and from every corner of the UK. Well Done “SUPER STARS”, Louise and our wonderful volunteers! Wai Yin Society’s good reputation is spreading far […]

Citizen’s Commendation

Wai Yin Society were absolutely delighted, and honoured, yesterday afternoon, to receive a Citizen’s Commendation from Greater Manchester Police. The award was for: “Dedicated and continuous support, playing an integral part in forging strong community links with residents of China Town and further afield. The Society has cemented an invaluable and professional relationship withthe police and partner agencies to alleviate barriers between them and the local communities.” I would personally like to thank our staff, volunteers and service users for their vital contribution, and look forward to further serving our local communities in this way.