The Chinese Community Wellbeing Society aims to: relieve sickness, hardship and distress amongst the Chinese community; provide facilities for recreation for them with a view to improving their conditions of life; and advance education and communication between the Chinese community and the local community. CWS runs various projects and activities, including a confidential free helpline for brief/one-off questions, more in-depth help, assistance to carers and the people they look after, targeted support for people living with dementia and their carers and support for victims of hate crime/incidents.
Bristol Beacon is a music charity and venue which offers a diverse programme of music for all plus an extensive creative learning and community engagement programme and targeted programme for different age groups including the elderly. We believe in the power of music to break down barriers, transform lives, and celebrate this in everything we do.
BMT utilises the power of music to enhance the quality of life of older people living with dementia. Activities include “Mail a Musician” concerts for the elderly, many with dementia. The Grateful Society has contributed towards a Dementia Friendly Concert, broadcast live and streamed to care homes across the country, featuring the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. “That’s the most movement I have seen in a month” said a dementia sufferer’s wife after her husband was dancing listening to live musicians.
Alive works to prioritise health and wellbeing into later life. The Grateful Society’s funding alongside that from St Monica’s, Quartet, the Anchor Society and John James Foundation supports three valued groups of The Malcolm X Elders, The Evergreen Club, and the Golden Agers Club which, between them, provides a total of 130 older people from BME communities with vital social support, activities, and help accessing services. They were set up to tackle isolation and loneliness among the elders and bring people together to form friendships and have fun.
With the help of volunteers, this community club organises a weekly lunch and quiz for pensioners at risk of social isolation and loneliness in a local restaurant, whose owner charges food at cost price only. For some, this is the only social engagement they have all week and is very special and valuable. An 81 yr old said “I don’t think you will ever know the difference that staff and volunteers made to me during the pandemic. I felt scared and alone but their calls, care and laughs, flowers, Sunday lunches and jigsaws made me feel positive and connected.”