Wai Yin Society
Based in Manchester and founded in 1988 by a group of community-minded Chinese women, Wai Yin has become one of the largest Chinese Community centres in the UK. The society has developed a range of services for Chinese men and women and for other ethnic minority groups, including Somali, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Indian and many European nationalities. The society runs a Family Learning Project, which aims to promote health and wellbeing among Chinese women and works with partner organisations to operate the Better Off: Manchester service, which provides support to members of black and minority ethnic communities dealing with a range of issues, including domestic violence, long term illness and disability, through a team of support workers speaking a variety of languages, including several Asian languages as well as English, Polish, Somali, French and Tigrigna.
The society also runs the Kwan Wai Project to support members of the Chinese community in Greater Manchester with mental health problems, promotes health and provides opportunities for exercise for older members of the Chinese community through its Older People Project, and runs a project in collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support to provide trained volunteer support to members of the Chinese community affected by cancer in Manchester in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Hakka.