Presentation on theme: "Responding to Dementia Inclusion for All CNHLC Dementia Awareness & Support Project Eddie Chan 18 July 2014."— Presentation transcript:
Responding to Dementia Inclusion for All CNHLC Dementia Awareness & Support Project Eddie Chan 18 July 2014
Can anyone tell me the name of the first Chinese migrant in the UK?
Mr Shen Fu Tsong In 1686 a young Jesuit convert from Nanking called Shen Fu Tsong arrived at the court of James II and became the first recorded instance of a Chinese person in Britain. The King was so taken with him he had his portrait painted and hung in his bed chamber.
History of Chinese Arrivals Chinese in the UK are a heterogeneous group Late 19th century Seamen employed on British merchant ships in the late 1860s, settled in ports such as Limehouse in London and Liverpool. 1950s – 1960s Agricultural workers from Hong Kong and people from the former British colonies, such as Malaysia and Singapore, with specialist skills, such as nursing and accountancy. 1970s – 1980sEthnic Chinese formed nearly 80% of the Vietnamese refugee community. 1990s – presentMainland Chinese seeking economic freedom in Britain.
Chinese Seaman Left: Tea getting ready for shipment (1908) / Right: West India Docks (1892)
Lodging Types Left: Strangers Home for Asiatic (1911) / Right: Chinese Boarding House Ah Tack (1911)
Limehouse Causeway Left: Limehouse Causeway (1920‘s) / Right: Owner in front of Chinese Shop (1920‘s)
Chinese Population Changes 1991 National Population Census – 160,000 2001 National Population Census – 245,000 with over 80,000 in London 2011 National Population Census – 394,000 with over 125,000 in London Figures excluding refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants (estimated 100,000) Overseas Chinese students in UK now – 100,000+ Estimated Chinese population is at 600,000+ (including irregular migrants)
CNHLC Established in 1987 as London Health Resource Centre Big Lottery funding in 2000 to become a national organisation Aims to promote healthy living and facilitate access to health care for Chinese in the UK
Core services of CNHLC Sunday bilingual doctor’s surgery TCM clinic Chinese Mental Health Disability & Carers Support Counselling Needs assessments / Researches Cancer awareness Drop-in services Healthy eating and exercise Hep B clinic
Chinese community in the UK The most dispersed BME community Barriers – language & cultural Quiet & passive/Invisible/Silent minority Service providers stress that it is difficult to offer suitable services to the Chinese community because they are so unreachable Reluctant to accept help of others outside the immediate family
Emerging Issues An ageing population – people live longer In 2010 – 820,000 with dementia in UK Costing £23 billion per year 1/3 of elderly people will get dementia before death For Chinese - Long periods of working living in catering limited social circle Poor language skill- access to mainstream service hampered Generation gap – loss of traditional family support Cultural issues – misunderstanding/stigma More than 8000 London Chinese are 65+
CNHLC London Dementia Awareness & Support Project Aims: Removing stigma & promoting awareness Pan-London: work in partnership with local community centres Promotion: workshops/Chinese language booklets/Tea House Support the early diagnosed/carers Home visits/referral/benefit advice/telephone line Involve volunteers/recruit dementia friends