Chinese New Year Celebrations- Activities in Swansea

To welcome the Year of the Rooster, our community centre is supporting the following activities in Swansea to celebrate the Chinese New Year. For more information, please contact us or the main organisers.

Hands-on Activities for Children

Date:  Saturday 28th January 2017     Time: 2-4pm

Location: Swansea Museum           Free entry ,  Drop in

As part of the current exhibition: Griffith John, Swansea’s Missionary in China, the legacy, Swansea Museum runs hands on Chinese workshops for families:  Calligraphy and Lantern making , suitable for children under 16.  Swansea Museum event

 

Black Tie Dinner and fundraising event

Location:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

Date:  Thursday 9th Feb 2017,    6:30pm–11:30pm

Swansea Bay Futures and  Chris Foxall will be hosting a Chinese New year celebration event this year with new and incredible performances such as the highly secretive Face Changing act, live Traditional Music,Chinese Dance, Martial Arts and Lion Dance. Swansea favourites Kevin Johns and Mal Pope return to host the Black Tie Dinner event which will help to raise money for the Swansea Chinese Community’s most vulnerable. The evening starts at 7pm Thursday the 9th of February, 2017. Doors open at 6.30pm.

For more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/Chinesenewyearswansea2017/ or call Chris on 07895093767

For ticketing information  visit: www.ticketsource.co.uk/chinesenewyearswansea

(Big thank you to the organiser! This Black Tie Dinner event will help to raise money to extend our current pilot projects: “Care about our Elders” project to support the isolated elders with chronic disease, and “Care about our Children” project to support Children with special needs. Please feel free to contact our office for more details. )

 

Chinese New Year Party  for young people

Location: Swansea University Bay Campus

Date: Thursday 9th Feb 2017

Activity 1:  From 11am to 3pm,   Chinese items stall, Calligraphy  and paper cutting workshops

Activity 2:  From 6:30pm to 9:00pm,  Performance including Chinese dance, Face-changing act, Singing and etc.  The party will end up with a fantastic Firework by the bay.

http://www.cssa-swansea.com/index.php

 

“Care For Our Children”–Activities Update

Talk: Autism Diet

This January Special Needs Chinese Parent Support Group will be exploring the ‘food’ related issues in living with autism – Autism Diet. It is our honour be able to invite Mrs Anna Parton BSc RD (HCPC Reg dietitian)  to host this talk, she has been an NHS and freelance dietitian for over 30 years. Now working in the community in ABMU.

Date:  Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Time:  10:00am – 12:00 noon

Venue:  Swansea Chinese Community Co-op Centre

Speaker:  Anna Parton, dietitian

Please call the centre to book  Tel: 01792-469919

 

Play Sessions

We are organising a  free 10-week play project with Interplay for children 3 to 11. Interplay has over 25 years ago experience promoting and supporting the integration of children and young people with special needs into play and leisure opportunities. All children with special needs and siblings are welcome. Please register your interest before 15th January 2017.

Date:    Sunday , from 15th January to 26th March 2017

                (except half term 26th Feb)            
Time:   1:00pm – 3:00pm

Venue: Confucius Institute Chinese School,  Townhill Campus, UWTSD. SA2 0UT

 

OPEN ART SURGERY

Parenting is never easy, stress that we are experiencing can be possibly affecting our own psychological well-being and significantly a predictor of mental health problem such as anxiety and depression. Unknowingly this may result in a direct impact on our children’s psychological well-being too. To promote positive mental health and well-being, we are organising an ’Open Art Surgery’ to encourage individuals to be able to spare a moment for themselves. As it is proven that people were constantly empowered by the liberty they experienced in expressing their feelings through creative art. However, to maintain the therapeutic benefits, art is required long-term and we therefore have decided to run a 10 week session for you to come and experience it yourself.

Date:        Sunday, from 15 January to 26 March 2017 (except half term 26th Feb)            
Time:       1:15pm – 2:45pm

Cost:        £100 per person for 10 sessions, art materials inclusive,

                 ( Half price for family with special needs child )

Venue:    Confucius Institute Chinese School,  Townhill Campus, UWTSD. SA2 0UT

Teacher: Hazel Lim, autism specialist and artist  (Personal website: www.hazeltheartist.com)

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“Care For Our Elders Project”_Activities Update

Spring into Tenpin

“Care About Our Elders” project also would like to rise awareness of being physically active, a modest daily movement of the body, not only reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, it can help you sleep and improve your mood. We invite elders to participate in this spring bowling fun activity, to play together and socialise with friends and stay active. Let us overcome this lonely winter, keep healthy!

Date:  Thursday, 19 January 2017
Time:  11am 1 pm
Venue:  Tenpin Bowling, Parc Tawe, The Strand,  Swansea, SA1 2AX

Fee:  Free two games  (food & drinks not included)

 Places are limited and members have priority!

Please call the centre to book  Tel: 01792-469919

 

Talk: “Healthy Eating with Diabetes”

Anna Parton, Dietitian herself comes from a Polish background and so understands both professional and personally the challenges of eating and drinking in a multi ethnic and diverse community. Her talk will focus on healthy eating for a Chinese community , as part of a diabetic diet giving  practical advice to help you live healthier  but still able to eat the foods you recognise and enjoy. This talk will provide full of hints and tips to  motivate you to eat healthier.

Date:      Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Time:      1:30pm— 3:30pm
Venue:  Swansea Chinese Community Co-op Centre

Please call the centre to book  Tel: 01792-469919

 

New Activities for 50+

To help elders conquer isolation, the Chinese Centre is organising  the following new activities starting from 1st February till end of March, please contact the centre on 01792 469919 to register your interest.

  • Basic and Conversational English Skills (every Wednesday morning)
  • Basic Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers (every Wednesday afternoon)
  • Tai Chi class (every Thursday 1pm-2pm)
  • Plaza Dancing ( day & time To be confirmed)

Welcome everyone from different backgrounds join in!

 

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Diabetes Health Check Day

In line with our “Care About Our Elders” project, we are organising a special Diabetes Health Check Day. This is a free event for our member to maintain their good health.

This service will be conducted voluntarily by a Chinese pharmacist. Service includes: Diabetes (Blood sugar), Blood Pressure, Body Weight and Body Mass Index. Participants will also have opportunities to learn more information about Diabetes and find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes.   Please see below details :

Date: Friday 9th December 2016
Time: 2pm4pm
Venue: Swansea Chinese Community Co-op Centre

Limited place available (members have the priority)!

Please call the centre to register your interest:  01792-469919

 

New Pilot Project: Care About Our Children

We are delighted to announce a new project for our community—“Care About Our Children”. This pilot project runs from 1st November 2016 till 31st March 2017 funded by Western Bay  Health and Social Care Programme. It is estimated that there are 700,000 people in the UK with an autism diagnosis including the Chinese Ethnic minority. Together with their families they make up around 2.8 million people, whose lives are touched by autism every single day. Regardless of whether an individual with an autism has associated intellectual difficulties or not and whether the individual has language impairment or obvious stereotypical behaviours, all persons with autism have some disturbance of “normal” social behaviour. These characteristics are found across cultures but in Chinese culture it is still taken quite negatively. Therefore, this project aims to promote autism understanding to reduce the stigma of autism in Chinese culture. The cultural stigmatisation surrounding autism might not be easy to change, but with better understanding of the condition the misconception can be corrected. This project will allow the Chinese centre to work with local health and social professions to organise educational training and materials for carers and activities for children with autism.

 

Special Needs Chinese Support Group

As a part of the “Care About Our Children”  project , a “Special Needs Chinese Support group” for the families of children with autism and related conditions is formed.  This is hopefully to provide a platform for these parents to come together as mutual support for each other and learn how to better support their children. As the complex pattern of characteristics in autism, the heightened anxiety and stress, and clinically significant problem behaviours together create a pronounced and prolonged parenting challenge. We hope through the support group these parents can be empowered and be encouraged to express their feelings to manage their stress in order to maintain  positive mental health and well-being.

 

The first meeting of the group will be held on the following date and time. It opens to anyone that has interest in understanding more about autism.

Date: Monday 21st November  2016
Time:
10:00am—11:30am

Venue: Swansea Chinese Community Co-op Centre

2nd Fl,  37-38 The Kingsway, Swansea SA1 5LF

 

For  more details about  Special Needs Chinese Support Group, please contact Hazel Lim via email:  autism@swanseachinese.org.uk

 

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