Announcement of VCFSE Organisations Funded to Support Hong Kong BN(O) Visa Holders in the North West

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The Regional Strategic Migration Partnership, and the North West Hong Kong BN(O) Welcome Hub, is happy to announce the following 25 organisations as the recipients of our third round of Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) funding. Their projects will support Hong Kong BN(O) visa holders living in the North West integrate into local communities, fund employment, improve their English and contribute to the economy and society of North West England.

You can download the list of organisations on a word document below

Organisation NameArea of OperationReferral/Enrolment Contact, website and Social Media Link (if applicable)Brief Description of your Project Insta:4wings1uk Facebook: 4wings1Weekly drop-in sessions for individual support and referrals as well as a preparation for employment programme, Resilience and Language training for men and women. Specifically for women from Hong Kong 4 Wings offers a mental well-being course and mutual support group. 4Wings also provides a wide range of personal development and learning programmes including physical exercise for women as well as networking and volunteering opportunities.
Gorse Hill StudiosGreater ManchesterYouth Arts Organisation | Gorse Hill Studios | Stretford  12 Week “Culture Club” programme, allowing Children & Young People to explore different cultures, languages, food and values. Also employing a Hongkonger Youth Worker to support engagement with Children and families.
Wirral ChangeWirral/MerseysideWirral Change – Supporting Disadvantaged, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities in Wirral 0151 649 8177Delivering a programme supporting BN(O)s with Economic Wellbeing by supporting with access to training and employment support. Supporting BN(O)s with integration into their community and addressing community cohesion concerns through a series of events and awareness raising.
Salford Hongkongers CICSalford, Greater ManchesterSalford Hongkongers CIC | FacebookDelivering a Hong Kong Culture day & Book Fair Delivering a wellness day to BN(O)’s utilising Chinese Traditional Medicine Delivering Employment and Careers Seminars Delivering a Neighbourhood Gathering/Easter Family Day
Caritas SalfordGreater [email protected] Or [email protected]Caritas’ vision is for a society where there is justice and equality and where the voices of those experiencing poverty, disadvantage and/or discrimination are heard valued and acted upon so that all people can live in peace and dignity.
The Caritas Aspire programme uses a holistic approach to develop ESOL, and business, for migrants in the UK
Altrincham Table Tennis Social GroupGreater Manchester project is a vibrant and welcoming social group that focuses on promoting physical activity and mental wellbeing through the enjoyable sport of table tennis. We provide a supportive and fun environment for individuals of all ages and abilities to come together, play table tennis, and connect with others in the community. Our base is in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, and we aim to build a friendly and inclusive community that supports social cohesion and enhances overall wellbeing.
Migrant SupportManchester Moving Forward Project is an integrated, holistic programme that focuses on improve confidence in spoken English & employability and continue developing knowledge of UK history and culture. It also focuses on enhancing well-being, avoids isolation by participating in outdoor and ‘hands-on’ activities, and familiarises entrepreneurial options such as Self-Reliant Groups (SRG). The project offers: ESOL conversation groups, SRGs: Yum Cha Café (aim to support the elderly) and catering business, gardening and going outdoors walking group. The project also offers volunteering opportunities.
Wirral Chinese AssociationLiverpool City Region[email protected] 07542 015723 of ‘You Never Walk Alone’ will run various activities which echo the needs of the BN(O) families, leading to a smooth adaptation in the ‘new’ country. The activities are: One to One surgeryDrop-in sessionsOne to One support 4.   BN(O)’s English Corner
Trafford Hongkongers CICTraffordWebsite: Facebook: Twitter: project is named “Employment Support in Greater Manchester 2023”, aiming to:
1.Support BN(O) visa Hongkongers in Greater Manchester, predominantly BN(O) visa holders in Trafford and Stockport, and
2. Help them better integrate into the UK labour market through three series of employment support events.
The Alliance ManchesterRusholme/ Moss Side & Manchester[email protected]  A café and community centre (The Giving Tree) with a coffee training and support programme serving the multi-ethnic population of Manchester with a focus on international settlers in Manchester and international students. Providing services to the public in barista vocational training, one-to-one pastoral support, ESOL classes and support groups for new arrivals.
Wirral Chinese Christian ChurchMerseyside[email protected] / Project of ‘Brightness and Fun with Embrace—Hello Hong Kong! Hello Wirral!’ provides a variety of aid and activities that give emotional support, recreation, activities to help integration into the local community and empowerment with relevant and up-to-date information. We hope to support them in different stages of their journey of settlement, leading to their wellbeing of social, mental health, and physical aspects. The activities include Morning Tea Corner-Listening and Talking, Sport Days with local residents and groups, Day trip to the heritage and Updated Information Day.
North Manchester Community PartnershipGreater ManchesterJohn Curtin [email protected] 07712633654 @nmcp2017We expect participants on the project to have: improved health/ wellbeing and financial stability a wider range of social connections Better understanding of being part of British society. Be able to provide a positive contribution to the areas in which they have settled, both economically and socially, and be able to mix confidently with people of all backgrounds.
Hong Kong Cultural CommunityGreater Manchester[email protected] Linktree: HKCC Instagram: HK Volunteers Instagram:  Project description: Language Exchange –  Are you a Manchester local curious about Hong Kong culture? Interested in learning some Cantonese?   Or are you a Hongkonger who wants to practice conversational English and make some new friends?  
Join our lively language exchange program and enjoy fun activities such as dim sum tasting, mahjong and pub crawling!   Volunteer Award Scheme: Join our volunteering events and earn awards by consistent participation!
Hong Kong Student AllianceAcross the North WestHong Kong Student Alliance CIC (@hksa_official) • Instagram photos and videosDelivering social events for Hongkong Young People and students in the North West . Delivering a leadership scheme for BN(O)’s in the North West. Delivering outreach schemes to other migrant communities in the North West.
Hong Kong in ChesterChester and Cheshire West[email protected]  Wellbeing and integration programmes for adults and teenagers, Hongkongese orientated activities for young kids and skilled volunteering in collaborate with local charities/communities
Good Neighbour ChurchGreater Manchesterenglandgnc@instagram [email protected]  Extra Mile Programme – Mutual Support group support for young adults who have arrived in the UK newly.
esea contemporaryGreater ManchesterReferral contact: [email protected] Website:  Social media: Instagram Facebook Twitteresea contemporary is running a series of creative workshops for families and young people, collaborating with artists and practitioners from East and Southeast Asian cultural backgrounds, as well as the larger social context.   esea contemporary will also invite unwaged adults to participate in some of these workshops, where adults are financially supported and given the opportunity to express themselves in a creative and safe environment.   The project will conclude with a social gathering, including an informal showcase of talent among the Hong Kong BN(O) community.
The Hub, AltrinchamTrafford [email protected] Trafford Community Fitness HK | Altrincham | FacebookWelcome and wellbeing sessions for HK BN(O) visa holders run by local mum, qualified fitness instructor and ESOL teacher include: 30 minutes of easy-to-follow cardio exercises, 15 minutes of stretching and breathing exercises and 30 minutes of social time with tea, coffee, fruit and biscuits provided
Big Help ProjectLiverpool City RegionBig Help ProjectEmployment and English Language Integration programme for BN(O) visa holders in Liverpool City Region. Delivering Wellbeing Support, Activity Days, Museum Trips, Hiking, Café Days, Music Concerts and Zoo Trips
Central Church WarringtonWarrington[email protected] Conversation Classes and a Cantonese Support Group
Bonham Tree AidGreater ManchesterReferral/Enrolment Contact: [email protected] Website: Social Media Links: programmes are related to art and culture, targeting children and adults with BN(O). Apart from helping them to settle and thrive in the UK, we encourage Hongkongers live in the region to share and inherit Hong Kong culture through our programme.
Liverpool Hong Kong LinkLiverpool City Region (Merseyside)[email protected]   [email protected]1.Employment Project (Mindset and Skillset training in Preparedness and Enhancement in Employability) To support BNO Hong Kongers in job hunting and provision of applied knowledge training for career development in Liverpool City Region, online courses and workshop will be provided for Hong Kongers.             2.Multicultural Event (UKHK Short/Independent Film Festival)  – Two days online and theatre short film festival with productions from BNO immigrants, Hong Kong film makers, local community, independent film makers in UK.   3. Online community services exchange platform (through FB/IG)  A micro market place specializing in Hong Kong products and services in the region through Facebook and IG shops.
Lightime CICGreater ManchesterOfficial Website: Facebook page: Instagram: Twitter:  
Community Involvement Drama Project Drama Performance: “Start-up! Our Second Act”
& Drama Workshop
Drama Performance: “Start-up! Our Second Act” is a bittersweet story about Hongkongers immigrating to the UK, told through drama, song, dance, and physical theatre. The performance follows the life stories of different Hong Kong individuals and highlights the challenges and difficulties they faced after immigrating to the UK and how they overcame and found their own ways of survival. Perhaps you are still searching for direction in your life, so why not join us in the audience or even participate in the performance? Lightime CIC has already started offering free drama training courses on Mondays and Wednesdays, and we plan to hold a role audition in mid-April
Wirral Chinese Cultural AssociationWirral,
[email protected]
Will deliver a language and integration programme including: 15 English Conversation Workshops Twice weekly recreation group5 focus group sessions with BN(O)s to understand needs A recreational day tripA celebration event for the Kings Coronation
LEAF Language LibraryTrafford, Greater ManchesterGLOBE WELLBEING COMMUNITIES – Wellbeing For Every WomanDelivering the project “A Continuous Journey to Wellbeing and ESOL” 2 based on the principles of Wellbeing and ESOL , community cohesion , social inclusion and positive wellbeing supporting participants with their mental health such as anxiety, depression, stress, low mood and the person’s own social wellbeing.