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Newham Chinese Association celebrates grant boost

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:35 21 March 2017

Gill Tan and MP Stephen Timms up on stage talking about the launch of two-year funding launch

Gill Tan and MP Stephen Timms up on stage talking about the launch of two-year funding launch

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Newham Chinese Association has received funding to keep running for the next two years.

Launch of a two-year project helping Chinese older people from Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, where there are no Chinese Community Groups to improve social links, make friends and use public transport. Picture by Ellie HoskinsLaunch of a two-year project helping Chinese older people from Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, where there are no Chinese Community Groups to improve social links, make friends and use public transport. Picture by Ellie Hoskins

The charity, based in Beckton Community Centre, Manor Way, East Ham, secured a £50,000 deal from People’s Health Trust, so the group can continue helping the older Chinese community across east London.

Founded in 1987, it aims to help residents improve social links, make new friends, learn to use public transport and participate in social activities, including tai chi and majong.

Siu Fan Wan, the association’s chairwoman, said: “This grant will help us continue our work with the isolated older people in the Chinese community residing in east London borough’s of Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

“It will enable us to help them access the mainstream services and participate in social activities, breaking down social and cultural barriers and fear of official bodies.”

The group also provide services and support in interpreting letters, communicating with GPs, hospitals and clinics, to prevent wrong diagnosis and wrong treatments, as well as help people access local services.

“Chinese residents from these boroughs have nowhere else to go for help, especially the older generations and women, who do not speak much English,” she added.

“Mainly due to very long and unsocial hours of working in the catering related occupation, 16-20 hours a day, six to seven days a week, they are prevented from attending English classes.”

East Ham MP, Stephen Timms, said: “I want to wish great success to the project and everyone who will be running the project or taking part.”

People’s Health Trust, the group who believe in a world without health inequalities, will now be working very closely with the Newham Chinese Association.

Sarah Nuttall, communications manager, said: “It was great to be invited to the launch of the Happy Together project and hear first-hand the difference that this project is making to the lives of older Chinese people living in Newham, as well as the wider community.

“We look forward to working with Newham Chinese Association over the next two years, and supporting them to expand the incredible work that they do.”

For more information visit fhwb.co.uk/newham-chinese-association.

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