The Health & Social Care Unit aims to provide a range of welfare services to Chinese people over the age of 18 years. There are currently four projects managed by the unit. These are;
Based at the Sheung Lok Well-being Centre, we provide a range of activities for older people. Our underlying philosophy is that being active, and socially engaged will help people to remain physically and mentally active.
To achieve this aim, we provide a range of services to meet a range of different needs;
Five days a week, we organise a luncheon club which provides cheap but healthy Chinese food. We provide a mixture of fish, meat and vegetable dishes at each meal. All our food is freshly cooked. For those people who are unable to leave their homes, we provide a meal delivery service
In addition to the luncheon club, we provide a range of “keep fit” activities, such as line dancing, Tai Chi, table tennis, Chinese opera singing and Indian dancing.
Throughout the year, we organise trips to different parts of the UK, such as London, Brighton or Scotland. Occasionally, we will organise coach trips abroad.
Every month, a podiatrist comes to assist people with caring for their feet and toes. We also organise eye tests every six months.
Once a week, we organise a Carers’ Corner which gives carers the opportunity to come a relax for the afternoon. They usually play mah jong.
We help carers on an individual basis in having their needs assessed and to advocate for services to support them
The Mental Health Project team members work closely with the psychiatric services in Manchester. We provide a Link-worker service which assists people with mental health problems to access medical and community support from mental health services.
We also run three drop-ins where service users, carers or just people calling in can be helped with advice, information or other assistance.
We encourage our service users to use community based services or to participate in the range of activities provided by Wai Yin either at Sheung lok centre or at the Learning Centre
We have a working partnership with the Somali Women’s Forum to provide luncheon club for older Somali women. somali women attend every Monday for lunch and for an exercise class. Once a month we organise a trip to the seaside or to the countryside so that they can benefit from fresh air and exercise
Wai Yin employs a Somali Development Worker for two days per week