Appeal for Social Care Experts
January 4, 2007, 10:53 pm
Filed under: The Beginning

In the Morning I went to advocate for a frail older Chinese lady with the social worker.  It is obvious that a Chinese carer will be most helpful to assist her in the house chores and attend to her cultural needs.  Indeed she has been quite patient and generous with her black carers in the last 2 years, however, with the advancement of frailty and the faltering of English language ability, she finds more comfortable with a Cantonese speaking carer.  There are no Chinese carers provided within the Borough of Islington, and the Council has to engage a Social Care Agnecy from the other part of London.  I felt ashamed that the Chinese community in Islington have suffered from lack of encouragment and taking up of care services mainly due to language and cultural barrier.  I felt vulunerable and helpless as a  former Chinese older people worker for more than 10 years at the Islington Chinese Association, I have failed to prepare the grounds for this urgent service.

My focus at present is to raise the capital fund to redevelop the current premises into a new Centre of Excellence with St. John Ambulance.  I sincerely hope that any volunteer, who posseses the expertise and experience in social care provision, could assist the Association to register with the Commission of Social Care Inspection, to design the necessary training course and programme, etc.  thus the Chinese community in Islington and the near environ would benefit.


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I used to have a friend who is an Inspector at the Commission of Social Care but she has moved on to other jobs. If I have think of anything useful I will definitely get in touch!

Comment by Simon Tan

Thanks Simon. ICA tries to provide a comprehensive service, however, there are so many that we could not fulfil all at once. At least the 5 days week luncheon club and meals at home is unique among the Chinese community in the United Kingdom. You are so resourceful that if someone could guide us step by step to set up the care services, it will be most appreciated.

Comment by stephencanwalk

Next Monday I will be starting my new job in local government, if I meet a colleague who knows someone with good knowledge of procedures on setting up care services I will definitely let you know.

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