Immigration Walk-in Surgery

Tuesday 9th January 2018 from 2pm to 3pm at the CIAC office, friendly officers from the Home Office host a Walk-in Surgery to meet the local community and provide information regarding immigration applications and voluntary return. The Home Office assures there will be no immigration enforcement during the surgery.


Drawing a Line on Violence Against Women

In conjunction with the International Day to End Violence Against Womens and Girls on 25 November, the United Nations issued a report on gender based violence. The report presented some harrowing facts and figures that revealed:

  • one in four women in the UK are affected by sexual or physical violence
  • a woman is assaulted an average of 35 times before she reports it
  • 85% of rapes are never reported at all

From 25 November until 10 December, UN Women UK are holding a 16-day campaign to draw a line to end violence against women and girls. As part of the campaign, buildings across London are being lit up with orange lights to symbolise a brighter a future without violence. Last week, campaigners in Covent Garden encircled the area with orange tape that had messages to raise awareness.

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White Ribbon Day – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

According to the United Nations nearly 1 in 5 women between 15-49 years of age have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner.

Violence against women is not simply a “women’s issue”. We need men and boys to play an active part in dismantling the culture of male violence, abuse and harassment against women and girls. 25th of November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, otherwise known as White Ribbon Day.

As part of the campaign, CIAC is asking men and boys to take White Ribbon Campaign (UK)‘s online pledge to condemn violence against women. But this campaign isn’t just about taking an oath and wearing a ribbon, it’s also about contacting your local MPs and councillors, researching the issues, supporting local initiatives that tackle violence against women and so much more.

Click the link below to find out how you can help.

Short film about CIAC

A Big THANK YOU to the Media Trust UK for helping us to produce this short film about our organisation.




New ASCENT domestic violence project leaflet in Chinese language

A new ASCENT domestic violence project leaflet in Chinese language is now available.  We want to take a fresh look at the way of tackling the problem.  This leaflet will help to reach out to the community who could be a friend, a family member, a fellow interest group member or a colleague of the victims.  By spotting the signs of domestic violence, the community can help bring the problem surface where the victims will get help.

You can contact our Centre for a copy of the leaflet or click here to download.

CIAC launches Comic Relief funded SWAN Project

SWAN project is an initiative by CIAC to help the most vulnerable group in the community.

Safer sexWork Access Network (SWAN) is a safe and anonymous digital platform to provide help and information for Chinese women and girls who are at risk of violence and sexual exploitation. It provides practical information on health and wellbeing, safety, immigration and government policies.

The platform is on WeChat, the most popular social media app for Chinese speakers.  Vulnerable women can access immediate advice without revealing their identities in avenues of help that requires their physical attendance including recourse to medical and police authorities.

Information and advice will include Clinics access, Emergency numbers, Advice helplines, Shelters and warm meals, Rehab centres referrals and vacancies, Housing and benefits advice, Immigration and voluntary return information.

SWAN will be a way for women, who would otherwise rather isolate themselves from any form of help, to open up initially to the society. SWAN is a contingent avenue for its users’ immediate needs, while serving as a transition for women to gradually increase awareness of their options.

This project has been launched in October 2017 with funding by the Comic Relief.  We are hoping to raise more awareness of the welfare of this minority group and help them to reduce harm.

Please contact us for more information and project leaflet.   A pdf version is available here.



Mid Autumn Festival celebration in London Chinatown

We participated in the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration in London Chinatown.

CIAC Woman Volunteer of the Year Award 2017 Winners and Finalists


Last Thursday CIAC held its annual Women Volunteer of the Year Award at the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace in the House of Lords.

CIAC would like to congratulate Woman Volunteer of the Year Award Winner Ms Elizabeth Chay Douglas as well as our finalists Ms Sherry Kuei Chan and Ms Shu Wen! We would also like to congratulate Mr Dickson Loo, the winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award and finalist Ms Lity Zhang.

The event was hosted by Lord Sheik and emceed by Sivagami Vinayagan, with music by Guzheng virtuoso Wu Mengmeng and a theatrical performance by Chen Yi Li, Linda Chan, Agnes Law and Veronica Needa from True Heart Theatre. Speeches were delivered throughout the event, featuring the Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Ian Adams, Minister Ma Hui from the the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Shaun Bailey and Ms. Mei Sim Lai. Opening remarks and a Vote of Thanks were delivered by the Chair of CIAC Edmond Yeo and Cllr Tim Mitchell respectively.

CIAC would like to thank Lord and Lady Sheikh, as well as all of our sponsors and everyone else who made this event possible. Additionally we would like to recognise the panel of judges – Ms. Jackie Rosenberg, Mrs Catherine West MP, Councillor Louise Hyams and Ms. Mei Sim Lai – who chose our 2017 winners.

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