Confucius Institute Chinese School’s official opening

The official opening of the Confucius Institute Chinese School on 20th November was an overwhelming success. Big thank you to all the devoted staff of all partners, honoured guests, supportive parent and student volunteers, school governors, teachers and pupils to make this event a great success. We are proud to share this joint achievement with our partners -Confucius Institute, UWTSD and Being Union University.

Our Chinese community centre has been supporting the local Chinese community for nearly 20 years. We know how important it is to help our children to be in touch with their roots: to learn their mother tongue and their culture. We ran a charitable and self-funded Chinese School for 18 years. With the current number of school age children in our community increasing rapidly, we felt a great urge to seek out better and sustainable resources to provide the support with this vital educational service. In addition, we received increasing enquires about learning Chinese as their second language from children in mainstream society.

We are very delighted to be collaborating with the Confucius Institute to open this new Chinese School that promises to deliver a high standard of education. With nearly ten years’ experience of providing Chinese language and culture courses and workshops in Welsh schools, universities and the community, the Confucius Institute is offering a range of courses at the new school from Mandarin GCSE and A for older pupils, to the Chinese Proficiency test provided by Hanban, the Chinese Government’s office for teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

The new not-for-profit school is run by Confucius Institute offering both morning and afternoon sessions every Sunday during term time at the university’s Townhill Campus. It welcomed its first pupils on 4th September 2016 and now has nearly 80 pupils aged from 4 to 13 years old. The new school has a team of highly qualified teachers with passionate parents and universtiy students to support in the classrooms. The school has a board of governors which is made of representatives of partners and local professionals. This school is an excellent teaching facility for ethnic Chinese children to learn their roots language and culture. It is also a great opportunity for children from all backgrounds who are interested in learning Chinese as their second language.
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The following is a list of the various press coverage we have received.
BBC Wales:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38045786

Bay TV: (The story about the new Chinese school start at 03:17. )
https://www.facebook.com/Baytvswansea/videos/vb.577672802402639/699372213566030/?type=2&theater

ITV Wales:
http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2016-11-28/swansea-school-set-up-to-connect-chinese-community-with-their-heritage/

Evening post :
http://m.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/chinese-school-officially-opened-in-swansea/story-29919675-detail/story.html?from=groupmessage&isappinstalled=0#comments

Chinese media:
http://www.ihuawen.com/hw/article/30506.html

http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/hNo6zMPSxHXdi0GVvbWkbg

 

 

New Pilot Project: Care About Our Elders

We are delighted to announce a pilot project —“Care About Our Elders”. This project runs from 1st November 2016 till 31st March 2017 and is funded by Western Bay Health and Social Care Programme. It aims to promote self management and control of diabetes by increasing the knowledge and awareness of the disease.

At present there are 182,600 people in Wales living with diabetes, and estimates suggest a further 70,000 people in Wales have diabetes but are either unaware or have no confirmed diagnosis. Another 540,000 people could be at high risk of developing diabetes, and the numbers are rising every year. If current trends continue, by 2025, it is estimated that 300,000 people in Wales will have Diabetes. In Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, it can be two to four times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

In line with our “Care About Our Elders” project, we are working with Diabetes UK to train Community Champion Volunteers.

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We is looking for people who are passionate about tackling the rise of Type 2 diabetes to get trained as Community Champions in Wales. Diabetes UK will train one hundred Community Champion volunteers who will help people find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, recommend GP appointments where necessary, and raise awareness of the risk factors of the condition. They will also support people who are already diagnosed with diabetes to better self-manage.

Diabetes UK will be holding an introductory training session at Swansea University – Room 106 Haldane Building between 9.30am -5pm on Saturday 3rd December 2016

Diabetes UK’s Community Champion programme has already helped thousands of people elsewhere in the country to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, take steps to reduce their risk, and better self-manage the condition if they are already living with it.

If you would like to get trained to become a Community Champion apply online:

https://forms.diabetes.org.uk/CCWales

For further information please contact Diabetes UK or Chinese community centre.

Consular service on Sunday 23rd October 2016 关于中国驻英国大使馆派员赴斯旺西开展现场领事服务的通知

中国驻英国大使馆近期将派领事官员赴斯旺西开展现场领事服务,现就有关事宜通知如下:
一、时间
2016年10月23日(星期日)9:00-12:00
二、地点
Swansea Chinese Community Co-op Centre,2nd Floor, 37-38 The Kingsway, Swansea SA1 5LF
三、业务范围
(一)受理中国公民护照(含香港护照)申请(如申请护照换发,原护照有效期须不足一年或空白签证页不足2张4页)。
(二)受理中国公民旅行证申请。
(三)受理中国公民公证申请。
(四)受理《在境外居住人员领取养老金资格审核表》申请。
(五)领事保护、侨胞服务及其他相关领事业务咨询。
四、办理流程
(一)取号等候:工作人员将按照申请人抵达顺序发号,申请人取号后排队等候。
(二)按号办理:工作人员将按顺序叫号办理。
(三)办结离场:手续办理完成后,请收好取证单和随身物品离场。
五、注意事项
(一)请提前认真阅读中国大使馆网站办证须知,并按照要求准备申请材料,材料不合格的申请不予受理。办理护照旅行证须知请见:http://uk.chineseembassy.org/chn/lsfw/hzlxz/blxz/;办理公证须知请见:http://uk.chineseembassy.org/chn/lsfw/gzrz/blgzxz/;办理《在境外居住人员领取养老金资格审核表》须知请见:http://uk.chineseembassy.org/chn/lsfw/gzrz/blgzxz/t1022374.htm。为节省时间,请提前准备好有关复印件。
(二)请到办公地点后按顺序取号(16周岁以下未成年人申请护照旅行证应由父母或法定监护人取号),无关人员请勿进入办公区。办公现场请遵守秩序,保持安静,维护环境整洁,并请照看好孩子和老人,保管好个人财物。
(三)大使馆未指定任何机构和个人代为办理领事证件手续,也不会给予任何机构和个人额外的便利,欢迎监督。
(四)如有任何疑问,请发邮件至zj_uk@mfa.gov.cn,标题为“斯旺西现场办公咨询”。

Ex-TVB actor turned Life Coach visits the Swansea Chinese Community for the second time to deliver his highly popular talk on living life with joy, mindfulness and gratitude.

Renowned Hong Kong Life Coach Returns to Swansea to Deliver Talk

Life Coach, Sam Kam, has come back to Swansea to deliver a life empowerment talk as part of his tour around the Chinese communities in the UK.

He discussed topics such as gratitude, forgiveness, and mindfulness; teaching memorable mantras to abide by to live life with peace and joy.

A total of 25 members attended at our community centre.

New Chinese School opening in September

We have some exciting news for Swansea locals.

A new Chinese school will be established with thanks to the Confucius Institute at UWTSD in September.

New Chinese School Flyer
Chinese School Poster
In the meantime, we will greatly appreciate parents of prospective students to complete this survey:

Chinese Version: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KGCF67F
English Version: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/P8QC9QQ

EDIT: 11/7/2016 Uploaded School Flyer

Fundraiser – Second-Hand Goods Sale

The centre is looking to organise a fundraiser selling second-hand goods as a means to raise money.
Please help us by donating your unwanted items. We will sell these donations to the new arrivals at a reasonable price. All proceeds will go towards supporting the charitable activities of our organisation.
We will appreciate any donation of books, electrical goods, small furniture etc of good, working condition. Any help in supporting us will be highly appreciated.

Please contact Candy 07951272304 to arrange the collection or donation of any items at Swansea Chinese Community Co-op Centre, SA1 5LF.

Thank you.

Membership Renewal

Dear beneficiaries,

Please be reminded that Annual Memberships for service users will expire on the 31st June 2016.
Benefits of membership include regular newsletters with updates of current and local services and discounted rates on trips.

Membership fees are as follows:
Adults (18+) – £20p.a.
Senior Citizen (60+) – £15p.a.
Families (2 adults with children under 18) – £30p.a.

All fees received will go towards funding the operational costs of running the centre (including rent, utility bills, and centre staff wages).
For more information, please call in at our drop-in centre or call us on 01792 469919 between Monday and Thursday, 12-3PM.

Thank you.

RED ENVELOPE PAPERCRAFT WORKSHOP – ALL WELCOME

Two community members, April Kong and Yen Yen Lai will be running a ‘Red Envelope Papercraft Workshop’ at the centre over the School Easter Holidays.

Please call the centre for more details or to register on 01792 469919.

When: Thursday 31st March 2016, 2PM – 4PM

Where: Swansea Chinese Community Co-op Centre, SA1 5LF

Cost: Adults £2 Children £1

Attention: All children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.