Services

We have been providing online and telephone advice to our community, signposting them to appropriate services and agencies and giving advice on well-being.

The NHS cancer screening programme & you
Resources in Chinese
NHS 保健筛检服务与你
中文资讯

These videos, flyer and booklet are presented in partnership with Chinese Welfare Trust. We would like to thank RM Partners for their support in the production of this set of publicity material.

Cervical screening (Mandarin)
子宫颈抹片检查普通话视频

子宫颈抹片检查中文小册子

We have produced a short guidebook written for community members who prefer to read information on cervical screening (smear test) in Chinese. 

Planned Events from January 2024 to date 

February 2024

Brent Chinese Association celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year 2024!

The Year of the Wood Dragon, with 60 guests from our Chinese, ESEA and diverse communities at East Restaurant in Alperton on 17th February. Thank you to our volunteers, supporters, donors and funders. Without you, our Charity could not have managed to provide community activities to our communities, to reduce health inequalities and inequity, promote social cohesion and improve health and wellbeing.

At the festive event, we took the opportunity to thank Dr Chi Chung, for his efforts and hard work, as a trustee and volunteer. Dr Chung resigned as a trustee as he has been offered a medical position in Singapore. We welcome Mrs Irene Liau as our incoming trustee. Irene, Brent resident, is a retired senior CHC nurse.

Past Event 活动集锦

September 2023

Celebrating ESEA Heritage Month with Brent Chinese Association 


East and South East Asian (ESEA) Heritage Month is an annual celebration held during September to highlight the histories, achievements, and unique identities of East and South East Asian communities. It aims to foster awareness and understanding of their cultural heritage, promoting inclusivity and appreciation among all members of our community.  was a successful day. Everyone enjoyed the day, blessed with Er Hu Master's fantastic performance.

August 2023 

Visit to Brent Civic Centre and Health & Wellbeing Presentations - Date: 13 August 2023, Venue: Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ. Nearest tube: Wembley Park

The Joint event of the British Malaysian Society BMS, Brent Chinese Association BCA and Chinese Welfare Trust CWT at Brent Civic Centre on Sunday 13th August 2023, themed as a “Health and Well-Being” event, went successfully well.

A big thank you, to His Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant for the Borough of Brent, Ms Mei Sim Lai, OBE, DL, who is the Chair of the BMS and co-chair of the CWT, for organising this event.

We started off sharing a meal consisting of East and South East Asian ESEA ‘s street food at Box park, networking and getting to know one another. Then, we proceeded to Brent Civic Centre. Cllr Ketan Sheth, spoke of his journey as a councillor for Wembley, his role as the Chair of Community & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee and the development of Wembley area. We had an excellent guided tour of the Brent Civic Centre, an eco-friendly building which had won many awards, by Cllr Sheth.

Dr Kong, Chair of BCA, talked about the importance of maintaining physical, emotional, psychological and social health and well-being and encouraged the Chinese/ESEA communities not to be shy to ask for help and to have regular check-ups and to take up the offer of free cancer screening –cervical, breast and bowel.

Eddie Chan, Co-Chair of CWT updated attendees on the Dementia project, where Emily has been employed as the first Chinese/Mandarin/English speaking Admiral Dementia Nurse for our ESEA communities.

We all look forward to the ESEA Heritage month of September and to celebrate the Mid Autumn/Mooncake Festival.

July 2023

Frank Foo Foundation and Chinese Welfare Trust (CWT), supported by Brent Chinese Association, Hendon Football Club and Silver Jubilee Park Stadium had an ESEA Dementia Awareness Tournament on 23 July 2023 at Silver Jubilee Stadium, and a fund raising event for the CWT’s Admiral Nurse Clinic, the first Cantonese and Chinese Dementia service run by Emily Lui.  

It was a successful day. Everyone enjoyed the day, blessed with good weather! 

In picture 2 - Brent Chinese Association’s Team! Thank you for much for your efforts, gentlemen.  

In pciture 3 - The Winning Team!  

In picture 4 - The Harrow Chinese School’s Dance Group gave a brilliant dance performance.

In picture 5- Emily Lui giving a talk on Dementia. 

June 2023

Brent Chinese Association, with Brent Health Matters, NHS NWL and partner organisations believe in “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” for our ALL communities.  


We are pleased to host a Health & Wellbeing Event with Brent Health Matters, Brent Council, on Saturday 24th June 2023 from 12pm to 3pm at the Boardrooms, Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley Park, HA9 0FJ. It was great to have a collaborative event to address the needs of our communities and health inequalities. BCA with its volunteers and Brent Health Matters Teams provided free health checks. Alan Lau from Frank Foo Foundation talked on how football improves physical and mental health. Members from Southeast and East Asian Centre (SEEAC) joined us. SEEAC is a community organisation for and by migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum from Southeast and East Asia and people of these heritages living in the UK. They provide essential community support and services on various issues. Kanlungan, another charity, was present. Kanlungan works with Filipino, East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) migrants in the UK, enabling ESEA community resilence with services provided like mental health and wellbeing, employment and housing advice. CAB Harrow participated on the day too.  

There is low uptake on national cancer screening among the Chinese and ESEA/SEEA communities particularly cervical screening. On the day, with working with RM partners and NHS, Dr Lily Wong, GP, BCA volunteer, answered any queries/concerns, attenders might have on screening. National Vaccination programmes were promoted too.  

Saira and Nasser Arif, from Breadcrumb Ltd, great supporters of BCA, being digital techy experts, raised awareness on the benefits of digital health technologies and advised on how some of the digital tools could really help our residents in light of reported difficulties by residents on accessing GP practices.

It was great Madam Mayor Cllr Hylton attended our event. Thank you, Madam Mayor, for your support.  

We also did a survey on attenders’ awareness and knowledge on the national cancer screening which we would share with NWL NHS Health Inequalities Team.  

May 2023

Dr Kong as the Chair of BCA was invited to attend the Mayor of Brent’s Coronation Lunch on 7th May 2023 at the Brent Civic Centre, to coincide with the national “Big Lunch” initiative, whereby lunches were being held across the country in order to bring communities together to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III.  

It was so kind of the Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Brent, Councillor Abdi Aden, to individual community leaders and community groups, to celebrate together the King’s Coronation.  

April 2023

Hendon Football Club and Silver Jubilee Stadium invited Brent Chinese and ESEA Communities to attend the Football Match between Poole Town FC and Hendon FC on 22/04/23.  


For some of our community members, it was the first time that they had been to a football match. A thoroughly enjoyable day. Thank you, Hendon Football Club and Silver Jubilee Park Stadium. Thank you, Alan and Frank Foo Foundation.  

February 2023

The Chair of the Brent Chinese Association, Dr Ethie Kong was invited to a Reception at the Buckingham Palace by The King the The Queen Consort to celebrate British East and South-East Asian Communities on Wednesday 1 February 2023. 

January 2023

Celebrating Chinese New Year, year of Rabbit on 26 January 2023 at Golden Dragon Colindale. Rabbit is the symbol of longevity, peace and prosperity.


We celebrated the Chinese New Year with our ESEA communities, volunteers, friends and families. 

November 2022

Brent Chinese Association has been invited to The British Malaysian Society - Annual Dinner at Inner Temple on 7 November 2022. 

April 2022

On 3 April 2022, Brent Chinese Association collaborated with Brent Health Matters and Oriental Chinese Community run a Diabetes, Health advisory and Covid vaccination clinic! The local community received expert advice from our team of Doctors, Nurses, Dietitian, podiatrist, pharmacists, eye screeners, diabetes prevention programme and emotional support team. 

Thank you to the amazing team of volunteers who gave up their Sunday to make it a great success!!
 

March 2022

Place-based team work at its best! Brent Chinese Association in collaboration with the London Chinese Community Centre (LCCC) with support from Westminster NHS and GP Federation delivered a Covid and Flu vaccination clinic. 


On 6 March at London Chinese Community Centre in Chinatown, we have successfully delivered a Covid and Flu vaccination clinic. Thanks to our volunteer Doctors, Nurses, Admins and interpreters. You are the stars of the day!

February 2022

Chinese New Year  2022. Year of the Tiger, a year of resilience and strength. We wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐! A time for joy, happiness and prosperity.
 

Chinese New Year celebration lasts for 15 days with each day having a special meaning with traditions to honour. The first day of this Tiger year was on 1st February 2022.

Families traditionally spend the first few days of the New Year with close family members, reunited for the new year, spending time together to share festive meals or visiting one another.

Brent Chinese Association celebrated on the 13th day, which fell on a Sunday, a good day for a community gathering and we could also celebrate, in advance, the 15th day, which is the Lantern Festival, marking the completion of the Chinese New Year celebration. The 15th day is also known the Chinese Valentine’s Day!

We had our event at an accessible venue, Golden Dragon, decorated with lanterns and traditional paintings, where we got together as a community to share a traditional Chinese festive meal and network. Some have made new friends, bridging cultural harmony and appreciating one another’s vibrant diverse cultures.

Everyone enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the next cultural event.

The trustees thanked The Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Brent, Cllr Lia Colacicco, for being our guest of honour. We would also like to thank Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi, ex-Mayor and Ms Mei Sim Lai OBE , Deputy Lieutenant of Borough of Brent, for their valuable support.

December 2021

After much thought and consideration, due to the rapid spread of Omicron Covid and our concerns about our guests’ safety, we have decided to cancel the Chinese Winter Solstice Celebratory event on 18/12/21 at St Anne’s Church, Dean Street.
 

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused. We thank you for your understanding.

The Chinese Lunar New Year 2022 starts on February 1.  The 2022 year of the Water Tiger promises a year of positive changes.

We will make contact early next year for a get together to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year. We optimistically hope by then, the impact of omicron in the early part of 2022 would be much reduced and controlled.

Have a safe and healthy Winter Solstice and a Merry Christmas.

November 2021

Great news! Brent Chinese Association  won the 5th London Faith & Belief Community Awards

The London Faith & Belief Community Awards celebrate the vital work of London’s faith and belief communities by bringing together local heroes and shining a light on their inspirational work, demonstrating how Londoners from all faiths and beliefs can work together for a fairer and more inclusive city.

Brent Chinese Association would like to thank the London Faith and Belief Forum for our award on Community Resourcefulness in Response to Covid-19. Thanks to our volunteers too. So pleased to be recognised. We were delighted to join all award winners and Deputy Lieutenants of Greater London at Royal Society of Medicine on 29 November 2021 to celebrate and it was wonderful to hear about all the work that London community groups have achieved, to meet and network with peer groups.

October 2021

Busy Sunday! Chinese Welfare Trust's (CWT) fund-raising event in Central London and Free advisory and health check clinic at the Hyde United Reformed Church, Colindale - 10 October 2021

We were at the Chinese Welfare Trust's (CWT) fund-raising event in Central London on the morning of Sunday 10 October 2021 in support of CWT's work with the Chinese elderly. It was good seeing Chinese community groups coming together in support of one another. 


Then we headed towards North London. We provided a free bilingual (English/Chinese - Mandarin and Cantonese) advisory and health check clinic to the Chinese communities on Sunday 10 October, at the Hyde United Reformed Church, Colindale. Many presented with difficulties in understanding the NHS system and registering with the NHS General Practitioners (GPs). Those who registered with GPs found difficulty in communicating their health problems to their GPs due to the language and caltural custom barriers. The attendees had their high and weight taken, blood pressure, pulse, BMI and oximetry checked. The session was well-received and feedback was positive. We also gave out free food bags to the Chinese community.  

September 2021

Celebration of Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and Brent Chinese Association Launch event - 19 September 2021

We celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival and our delayed launch of the Association ( due to Covid-19 lockdown) on 19th September 2021 at Golden Dragon, Colindale. The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Chinese Moon Festival, traditionally brings families and friends together to celebrate nature’s harvest abundance under a full moon which symbolises unity, hope and love.

August 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination pop-up clinic - 29 August 2021

Brent Chinese Association worked with LCCA to support Westminster Council & NHS Central London CCG to run a fourth Covid19 vaccine clinic at St Anne's Church in Soho. 
We are proud to see joined-up teamwork in the delivery of the vaccination clinic. All volunteering our weekend time. Please see photos below from the clinic on Sunday 29 August 2021. 

August 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination pop-up clinic - 8 August 2021

Brent Chinese Association is working in collaboration with London Chinatown Chinese Association, with volunteers from NHS and  community groups. We vaccinated approx 700 people at Willesden Centre for Health & Care on 8 August 2021. We are proud to see joined-up teamwork in the delivery of the vaccination clinic. All volunteering our weekend time. Please see photos below from the clinic on Sunday 8 August 2021. 

June 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination pop-up clinic - 27 June 2021

The Brent Chinese Association Charity is passionate about helping the national Covid-19 Vaccination programme to reach everyone. We recognise the difficulties experienced by the unregistered and undocumented Chinese and homeless communities to get a Covid-19 vaccination. 

We worked closely with The London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA) to develop a culturally sensitive service. A team of bilingual translators and volunteers were recruited, bilingual (English/Chinese) leaflets.were provided. A team of Volunteer vaccinators was also recruited. We advertised in WeChat, a Chinese social media app regarding signing up to the vaccinations. We provided a free shuttle bus to transport the attendees to and from the nearest tube station to the vaccination clinic. We also provided free snacks and drinks after the vaccinations as we are aware some will have to travel a long distance to get their vaccinations.

Brent Chinese Association, along with the London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA) are overwhelmed by the support we have received, especially from the NHS, local Brent Councillors and Representative Deputy Lieutenant for London Borough of Brent. As a result of excellent collaborative team working, the vaccination day at Willesden Centre for Health and Care (WCHC) on 27th June was a huge success.

Vaccination day at Willesden Centre for Health and Care (WCHC) 

In front of the Willesden Centre for Health and Care, this is a group photo of the Trustees of Brent Chinese Association, LCCA Chairperson Mr Chu Ting Tang, OBE and a team of bilingual translators and volunteers, with Cllr Ketan Sheth, Chair of Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee in London Borough of Brent.

In the middle: LCCA provided a free shuttle bus to transport the attendees to and from the nearest tube station to the vaccination clinic.

Vaccination day at Willesden Centre for Health and Care (WCHC) 

From left: Linda Wan (Project Manager at LCCA), Dr Ethie Kong (Trustee of Brent Chinese Association), Cllr Jumbo Chan (Labour Councillor for Kensal Green Ward), Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi (Mayor of Borough of Brent 2019-2020), Mr Chu Ting Tang OBE (LCCA Chairperson), Cllr Krupesh Hirani (London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow), Mei Sim Lai OBE (Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Brent), Dr Lily Wong (Volunteer GP). 

Vaccination day at Willesden Centre for Health and Care (WCHC) 

From left: Linda Wan (Project Manager at LCCA), Dr Ethie Kong (Trustee of Brent Chinese Association), Cllr Jumbo Chan (Labour Councillor for Kensal Green Ward), Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi (Mayor of Borough of Brent 2019-2020), Mr Chu Ting Tang OBE (LCCA Chairperson), Cllr Krupesh Hirani (London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow), Mei Sim Lai OBE (Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Brent), Dr Lily Wong (Volunteer GP). 

Vaccination day at Willesden Centre for Health and Care (WCHC) 

Cllr Ezeajughi, Cllr Chan, Cllr Hirani and Ms Mei-Sim Lai gave their support to the Covid-19 vaccination pop up clinic and acknowledged the culturally sensitive service provided to the unregistered and undocumented Chinese and homeless communities.

Mask-wearing leaders opt for elbow taps

Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi, Mayor of Borough of Brent 2019-2020, bumped elbow with LCCA Chairperson Mr Chu Ting Tang, OBE.

June 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination pop-up clinic 20 June 2021

Brent Chinese Association is collaboratively working with Kilburn Primary Care Network, NHS Brent CCG and London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA). We had a successful COVID-19 vaccination pop-up clinic for the Chinese Communities on 20 June 2021. 

Below are the group photos of all people working at the COVID-19 vaccination pop-up clinic on 20 June 2021, including LCCA Chairperson Mr Chu Ting Tang, OBE.
 

Chinese New Year 2020 Celebration
欢度2020年春节

Chinese New Year Celebration 2020 was held at the Brent Civic Centre on the 2nd of February. 

Brent Chinese Community celebrated Chinese New Year 2020 with the support of the Mayor of Brent, Councillor Ernest Ezeajughi, the Leader of Brent, Councillor Muhammed Butt and Ms Mei-Sim Lai, the Deputy Lieutenant of the borough of Brent.

 

Chinese New Year 2020 Celebration

Picture 1

From left: Dr Etheldreda Kong (Trustee of Brent Chinese Association), Mayor of Brent, Councillor Ernest Ezeajughi and Mr Eddie Chan, Vice President of Chinese Welfare Trust.

Picture 2

The Lion Dance demonstration was a delightful treat for everyone!

Picture 3

Cllr Ezeajughi, Cllr Butt and Ms Mei-Sim Lai gave their support to the Chinese community and acknowledged the community’s contribution to the borough.

Picture 4

Cllr Ezeajughi, Cllr Butt and Ms Mei-Sim Lai gave their support to the Chinese community and acknowledged the community’s contribution to the borough.

Picture 5

In the middle, Ms Mei-Sim Lai OBE DL Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Brent and Chair of the Chinese Welfare Trust, told a joke, which made all laughed.

Love where you live

We thanked Brent Council for the “Love Where You Live” grant funding to enable us to hold this celebratory event.

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