Archive for the ‘CEO’s Blog’ Category

Breastfeeding Festival: Understanding Communities and Cultures

On Saturday 24th June, 2017, I was invited to speak on Chinese cultural awareness around pregnancy, labour and breastfeeding, at the Salford Royal Hospital annual breastfeeding Festival. The audience comprised a mixture of healthcare professionals – doctors, midwives, nurses, and healthcare visitors – as well as parents from the public. During the Question & Answer session, a specialist paediatric doctor asked for my advice on how to overcome barriers such as Chinese women not accessing peer support in the first month after childbirth, particularly if they do not leave the house. It is important to raise awareness of cultural and […]

Carers Week 2017: 12 – 18 June

I was a speaker in London yesterday (Monday 12 June) on the work of Wai Yin Society for carers; these are people that are often unpaid, elderly themselves, and making an immense contribution to local communities.  三地華人機構代表聚倫敦 研討關注無薪照顧者 The seminar was entitled ‘The State of Caring: Towards Building a Supportive Community for the Wellbeing of the Elderly and their Carers’. We were joined by speakers in the field of elderly social care who have vast experience in organising and delivering care to the elderly and their carers in Chinese communities across the UK. I personally, “…would like to thank the […]

Dr Sylvia Sham Memorial Service

Date: 14th July 2017 (Friday) Venue: Sheung Lok Well Being Centre Grosvenor Centre Manchester M13 8UB Time: 11:30-14:30 *Sharing *Music *Art Work *Celebration Lunch will be provided If you have any enquiries, please contact Wai Yin HQ 0161 833 0377 or email: [email protected] sylvia memorial poster (1)

Wai Yin signs up to a Memorandum for social care and wellbeing

On Friday 12th May, I attended a very important meeting at Manchester’s Town Hall.  Here, I represented Wai Yin Society to sign up to a new Memorandum of Understanding, that sets out a framework for health and social care services to help and support the people of Greater Manchester by working alongside public bodies such as Primary Care Trusts. This agreement is the basis of a powerful new relationship between the statutory health sector and the voluntary and charity sector, helping to improve health and social care services across the region.  Many other community organisations attended and signed up to […]

Manchester BME Network Awards 2017

We are pleased to announce that Wai Yin Society received two awards at the Manchester BME Network awards ceremony, on Thursday 9 February 2017, to showcase and reward the work being done by members & supporters. Our Welcome Centre, on Cheetham Hill, won an award for the fantastic work being done, by staff and volunteers, for people in one of the most disadvantaged areas in the country. It was in the category, Community Support (frontline) – for sustained support services beyond the usual. Rachel Chee, neice of our beloved hero, Dr Sylvia Sham, received an award on her behalf for […]

Dr. Sylvia Sham: Obituary Notice

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our CEO, Dr Sylvia Sham, on Saturday evening, 10th December 2016, after a short illness with cancer. Life can be like a long-distance race, where patience and endurance with small beginnings grow into bigger visions. Sylvia ran this race. She poured so much of herself into seeing Wai Yin Society services expand, reaching more and more people, regardless of background and culture. Last year, she received the “Spirit of Manchester Awards 2015: Contribution to the sector Award” for her committed work, which has made a huge difference to the […]

Charity Dinner at Sweet Mandarin for the Elderly

On Wednesday 30th December 2015, between Christmas and New Year, thanks to the famous Sweet Mandarin sisters,  our elderly folk at Wai Yin Society celebrated a festive dinner, at the Sweet Mandarin restaurant in Manchester. About 60 elderly people gratefully attended, and received a very warm welcome and excellent service. An enjoyable and fantastic time was had by all, and the food was delicious!!! As you know, the season can be a time of loneliness and isolation. We would like to especially thank the chefs and co-owners,  Lisa and Helen Tse, and staff of Sweet Mandarin for their wonderful kindness […]

Chair – Wai Yin Board of Trustees wins Mulan Award

It is our pleasure to inform you that our Chairperson Juanita Yau has won the Mulan Award (Contribution to Charitable Causes and Philanthrophy Award) last Monday 9th November 2015 We congratulate Juanita for winning this well deserved award. Mulan Foundation Network aims to recognise and honour the achievements of Chinese women in the UK and elsewhere through Annual Awards and in the process build up a global network of top and successful Chinese women and young Chinese women on the way up, for networking, mentoring and to support and help each other as well as contribute to the wider community. For […]

Wai Yin at the House of Lords

Congratulations! Juanita Yau, Chairperson of Wai Yin Society, was invited to attend the House of Lords to collect an award. She was the 1st runner up for CIAC & Shaftesbury Woman Volunteer of the  Year Award 2015 The Award Ceremony took place on Monday 19th October 2015 from 3.30pm – 5.00pm at the House of Lords, kindly hosted by The Lord Sheikh on behalf of the Chinese Information and Advice Centre (CIAC). Traditional afternoon tea was served overlooking the beautiful River Thames with spectacular performances.

Manchester Great Run 10K 2015 / 2015年曼徹斯特10公里跑步

Wai Yin Society is fully participating, for the first time as one of the Great Run Charity Partners, in the BUPA Great Manchester 10K Run. It takes place this year in Manchester City centre on 10 May 2015 starting at 10 am. We have places for 25 runners, wishing to take up the challenge at a reduced price of £14. You would also receive a special Wai Yin T-shirt, goody bag and our express gratitude. In return, we ask you to raise at least £250 in donations from your friends and family for a very worthy cause: Special fundraising donation […]