The Chinese Welfare Association aims to improve the lives of those with language and integration problems, especially older people.
This is a great volunteering opportunity for Chinese students, wanting to use your language skills, or students from all backgrounds who love meeting people from different cultures. Volunteers help local Chinese people, who may be feeling isolated, lonely, or cut off from the local community, to integrate into English life.
You can support the Chinese Welfare Association in a variety of roles:
Supporting the Elderly – Volunteers help out in the kitchen preparing and serving meals and chat and socialise over lunch
Office/Admin - Volunteers can help out in the office with anything from taking calls and answering emails to helping edit a monthly newsletter, writing reports or designing posters. You do not need to understand Chinese to help out with this, however if you do you can also help with translating letters and writing the Chinese version of the newsletter.
Event Organising - Volunteers in the past have organised mental health and cancer awareness raising events. Some of the Elderly people have only Basic English or are nervous about travelling so NCWA organise fun trips for people to visit places like London to see Buckingham palace. You can help organise these trips or even just go along and help out on the trip itself!
English and Mandarin Classes - NCWA run informal Basic English classes and Mandarin classes for Chinese people on a Tuesday. You can shadow the leader and help by chatting to people in English or run your own classes. You will be given materials to help you run the session. Students who speak English as a first language are particularly welcome to teach and anyone who can speak Mandarin can also help teach those classes.
2 hours per week for a minimum of 1 Term
The Chinese Welfare Association are based in the International Community Centre on Mansfield Road, 2 minutes walk away from Victoria Shopping Centre.
1) Click on the 'Register Your Interest' button to contact the SVC for more details
2) We will give you the contact details to email the Chinese Welfare Association
3) It is very quick to get involved - they will invite you in for an informal chat to discuss the role and invite you along to the next session