Chinese women in Bristol given £15,000 grant to help isolation
A charity that supports Chinese women living in Bristol, and helps them to cope with the isolation of not speaking English, has been awarded a grant of £15,000.
The Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group (BACWG) has been awarded the grant by the Lloyds TSB Foundation, the charitable wing of the high street bank. The money will be used over two years, to cover the salary of an assistant caseworker and other running costs.
The charity provides support to Chinese women and their families suffering from isolation due to language and cultural barriers.
Demand for the charity’s services has increased rapidly in the last couple of years with around 10,000 Chinese people now living in the Bristol area.
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The new assistant caseworker will help to deliver advice and overcome language and cultural barriers by interpreting and translating on the beneficiaries’ behalf.
Rosa Hui MBE, director at BACWG, said, “Many of our beneficiaries are elderly or new migrants from China and Hong Kong who have difficulty communicating and have become isolated.
“We offer people a chance to come together and meet others from similar backgrounds and help them access community service that may have been impossible before.”
The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales awarded 35 grants totalling more than £631,000 in the South West in 2012 with more than £160,000 awarded to charities in the Bristol area.
Emma Beeston, grant manager at the Lloyds TSB Foundation for the West of England, said: “As one of only a few grant makers to fund core costs we believe this funding will provide lasting change and benefits for the Chinese community in the Bristol area. The charity has supported many Chinese people to overcome challenges and help them to become integrated in their local communities.”