About us

Where we are based

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The Chinese in Wales Association (CIWA) is a charitable organisation which aims to deliver services that will make a positive difference to the lives of ethnic Chinese residents in Wales.

CIWA was set up to meet the changing demographic needs of the Chinese community in Wales. We are building on the support given by Swansea Chinese Community Co-op Centre over the previous 20 years. Now CIWA, with their support, are developing better services to meet the changing needs of the Chinese community in Swansea and the surrounding areas. We aim to bring our services and community building to other parts of Wales.

CIWA has its headquarters based in Swansea. We are currently operating a drop-in community centre based in 2nd Floor, Swansea Grand Theatre. This provides core services such as language services in Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka-Chinese and English, alongside advocacy, and case referral. Based on our experience and recourse, we advise on local welfare, housing, healthcare, education and employment. We also organise social and educational activities and participate in the promotion of a diverse, multi-cultural society.

Our latest drop-in opening hours are: Monday to Thursday 12pm to 4pm.

Our Aims

The aim of the organisation is to make a positive difference to the lives of ethnic Chinese residents in Wales through:

  • Promoting community cohesion, both within the ethnic Chinese community and the wider community.
  • Delivering to, and representing the Chinese community including disabled people, children, young people as well as elderly people. Including planning and service delivery to ensure their complete well-being.
  • Supporting members of the ethnic Chinese community facing disadvantage to address the inequalities that they face and to enable them to participate fully in society.
  • Promoting both Chinese and Welsh culture and heritage to explore and advance cultural exchange between the two communities.
  • Progressing any other activities that promote the health, well-being, welfare, art and culture of ethnic Chinese residents in Wales.
  • Having due regard to the provisions of the Equality Act.

Our Vision

CIWA is committed to being one of the leading national charities to provide excellent community services across Wales.