Happy Together

17 March 2017

Older Chinese people from Newham and the wider community celebrated the launch of their new Happy Together project on Friday 17 March, at an event bringing people together from across four London boroughs.

The group welcomed the Trust, their local MP, Stephen Timms, and other community representatives at the celebration.

Newham Chinese Association, which supports and provides social activities for older Chinese people who are socially isolated and economically disadvantaged, has secured an investment of £50,000 from People’s Health Trust.

Based at the Beckon Community Centre in Newham, the group currently has around 160 members. The funding, from money raised by HealthLives through The Health Lottery, will enable the organisation to expand on their existing activities over the next two years.

During the launch, more than 100 guests were treated to an incredible community meal of traditional Chinese food, salsa dancing, and a tai-chi demonstration by members. There were also stalls providing information and selling cakes.

The Happy Together project aims to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for older Chinese people from four different boroughs, where there are currently no Chinese community groups. The project will support people to meet other people with shared experiences and make friends, to improve their social links and ties, and help them to feel more connected with the wider community.

Sui Fan Wan, Chair of Newham Chinese Association, said:

“We are delighted to receive this grant from People’s Health Trust, which will help us continue and expand on our work with isolated older Chinese people living in the London Boroughs of Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest - where there are currently no other Chinese community groups.

“Through the project, we want to support people to access mainstream services and to participate in social activities - to feel more confident doing the simple things that many people take for granted, like travelling on public transport. “The project will help to break down barriers like language, cultural boundaries and the fear of official bodies that many older Chinese people feel. Members will be encouraged to volunteer or become trustees, and we hope they will become community leaders and role models for others.”

Sarah Nuttall, Communications Manager – People’s Health Trust, 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.”

 

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