The Chinese older people population in Wales today is made up of primarily first-generation immigrants that arrived as youths and young adults to the UK. The lifestyles of these migrants differed greatly from mainstream society and were sent straight to work in established launderettes or Chinese restaurants. This resulted in limited opportunities to assimilate into the mainstream community and learn English or Welsh. Most of them find it difficult to access social and public services due to the language barrier.

In addition, due to the nature of how the Chinese people settled family members were often dispersed across Wales, the UK, Europe and/or across the World. These Chinese older people have contributed to the society in many ways during their youths. However, in their old age they mostly have no family living nearby.

What we do

As this dual exclusion undermines the older person’s quality of life. CIWA aims to deliver social activities and projects to help them have a happy, healthy, sociable and independent life, to combat the isolation.