The Swansea Chinese Community Co-op Centre (SCCCC) was established in 1997 by a group of local Swansea Chinese people who were united by their adversity in achieving equality and life without discrimination. Since, the SCCCC was honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2005 and currently has over 200 households registered as beneficiaries across South Wales.
The charity aims to provide quality community services to the Chinese ethnic minorities* in Swansea and its surrounding areas; to raise their standard of living, promote Chinese culture, and to assist local statutory and voluntary organisations to commit to equal services provision.
The SCCCC operates from a drop-in centre based on The Kingsway in Swansea City Centre providing core services such as language services in Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka-Chinese, and English, advocacy, case referral, also advice on local welfare, housing, healthcare, education and employment; organising social and educational activities; and participating in the promotion of a diverse, multi-cultural society.
- In 2011 census, the data shows that there were 13,638 people of Chinese origin in Wales, nearly half of these are in Swansea (2,052) and Cardiff (4,168). They make up the third largest ethnic minority group in Wales.
- The 2011 Census data suggests the largest non-white ethnic group in Swansea is ethnic Chinese ( 0.9% of Swansea’s population)
- The 2011 Census recorded the largest ethnic minority populations in the urban wards of Castle (3,202), Uplands (2,091) and Sketty(1,323). Castle (20.2%) and Uplands (13.3%) were the highest in proportionate terms. The ethnic Chinese group is the largest non-white ethnic group living in Uplands, Killay North, St. Thomas and Cwmbwrla. It is the second largest in Castle.
- The 2011 census provides data about main language by proficiency in English. It shows that 39% of Mandarin speakers, 40% of Cantonese speakers and 30% of all other Chinese speakers have little to no English speaking skills.
- Based on the latest available data, in the fourth quarter of 2015 the largest groups of asylum seekers in receipt of support under section 95 in Wales were nationals of China (344 people).
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