Information is also available in Chinese: https://www.fca.org.uk/publication/ppi/chinese-ppi-complaints-end-leaflet.pdf
Being affected by the welfare reform and the introduction of benefit cap, CIAC has recently received more enquiries about the housing costs which cannot be covered by government benefits.
The clients with this issue were advised to check their eligibility for a Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) which can provide extra money to cover their housing costs, such as rent shortfalls, deposits or rent in advance for moving home. The amount and the duration of the payment in each case are decided by the council. The clients need to contact their local councils for applications.
Chinese Information and Advice Centre (CIAC) is the only frontline Chinese charity providing support and advocacy in the area of violence against women and girls. We are a part of a multilingual project, which is called ASCENT (please see Our Services).
A new funding round for the ASCENT project just started from April 2017 and will last for 3 years. With this new funding, CIAC can keep its commitment in improving the safety and benefits of Chinese women and girls against violence in Greater London. Aside from the original 24/7 telephone helpline, face-to-face advice clinics and outreach events and workshops, we are also developing more innovative approaches with modern technology for engaging with hard to reach client groups and for better service provision.
Form 1st April 2017, CIAC no longer provides stop smoking service. If you wish to quit smoking, please consult your GP.
Nominations are now open to honour an outstanding woman whose volunteer work and effort has positive impact on the Chinese community.
This is your chance to nominate someone you know, whom we would like to share their remarkable story and thank them for their contribution.
CIAC Chairman Mr Edmond Yeo JP relayed that it is difficult to establish a harmonious Chinese community without the hard work of the dedicated volunteers. The significance of setting up this award is to allow the community to appreciate the efforts of these behind-the-scenes heroines, and also to encourage more people to participate in volunteer services and bring a positive impact to the community. Mr Yeo called on people from all walks of life to nominate women around so that they can share their extraordinary stories and thank them for their contributions to the Chinese communities in UK.
– Nominees must have legal right of abode in the UK.
– A woman who has positively contributed to the Chinese community through unpaid, voluntary work.
– To have been involved in a volunteer capacity for a minimum of 6 months.
– Open to females only, aged 18 and above.
Nominations are now open and the closing deadline is 5pm Friday 7th Jul 2017
For more information please visit our website www.ciac.co.uk
Date: Wednesday 5th APRIL 2017
Time: 3.00 pm
Venue: The Chinese Community Centre, 2 Leicester Court, London, WC2H 7DW
Have a fruitful and meaningful Rooster Year!