Leicester Square Association Meeting

Date: Wednesday 1st February 2017
Time: 3.00 pm
Venue: The Chinese Community Centre, 2 Leicester Court, London, WC2H 7DW

The Pagoda, as one of landmarks in Chinatown, was demolished

chinatown pagoda

One of the Chinatown landmarks, Pagoda, was demolished last week. Many Chinese who live in London felt upset when they heard the news.

The Pagoda was built in the 80’s last century. A Yangzhou garden designer was invited to design and built the pagoda. Since then, the pagoda has become an indispensable part of Chinatown in London. It carries a lot of people’s nostalgic memories. Also, It is the ideal meeting point for numerous Chinese people in London.

The pagoda was demolished because of the community improvement plan. Now the construction site displays empty space where the pagoda was.

CIAC & Shaftesbury ‘Woman Volunteer of the Year Award’ and ‘CIAC Volunteer of the Year Award’ 2016

The Award Ceremony took place at the house of Lords on 20th October 2016. Many congratulations to the Winners Ms Kam Lan To for the CIAC & Shaftesbury ‘Woman Volunteer of the Year Award’ and Ms Elsa Mak for the ‘CIAC Volunteer of the Year Award’.

Our remarkable guests including but not limiting Rt Hon Mark Field MP, The Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Steve Summers, London Assembly Mr Shaun Bailey AM, and Counselor Lu Haitian from the Embassy of the People Republic of China.

Mr Edmond Yeo JP, our Chairman stated that this event was held to commend the contributions of volunteers and to encourage more people to participate in volunteer activities, and to use their expertise to contribute to the community.

Once again thank you again for your support, including:

Shaftesbury, Lord and Lady Sheikh, One Westminster, One Westminster representative Ms Jackie Rosenberg, Mrs Catherine West MP, Cllr Louise Hyams, Ms Mei Sim Lai OBE, DL and Shaftesbury representative Mrs Penny Thomas, emcee Ms Sivagami Vinayagan, performers Master John Gallant and Mr Julian Gallant, also community supporters including but not limited, the BC Project, Bank of East Asia, Shanghai Commercial Bank, Mr Boris Johnson MP, Mr Jeremy Cummins and Mr Gary Henshaw.

The finalists and winners’ profiles will be uploaded HERE and Facebook.

Book Your Seats Now – Award Ceremony at The House of Lords


Join us at the House of Lords as we celebrate the achievements of an outstanding woman
whose volunteering work and effort has an impact on the Chinese community in the UK.
The Award Ceremony takes place on Thursday 20th October 2016 from 3.30pm – 5.00pm,
kindly hosted by The Lord Sheikh on behalf of the Chinese Information and Advice Centre (CIAC).
Enjoy its renowned traditional afternoon tea and overlooking the scenic River Thames.
Seats are now available at £50.00 per person (which includes a traditional afternoon tea
and a donation of £30.00 to CIAC).

For bookings, please contact:

Chinese Information and Advice Centre
Basement, 2 Gerrard Place,
London W1D 5PB
Telephone: 0300 201 1868
Email: info@ciac.co.uk

CIAC & Shaftesbury Woman Volunteer of the Year Award 2016

Nominations to honour an outstanding woman whose volunteer work and effort has positive impact on the Chinese community are now closed.

Thank you to all your nominations and sharing the remarkable story of the volunteers nominated.

The result will be announced on 20 October 2016 (Thursday) at the House of Lords.

For more information please email info@ciac.co.uk

BME Emotional Wellbeing Support

We just launched an Emotional Wellbeing Service funded by the NHS (Central London Clinical Commissioning Group). This is a free and confidential, informal counselling service to Chinese people who live in City of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham and are experiencing emotional difficulties but who are not specialist service users (e.g. Excluding those who are undergoing NHS counselling services, but including those who are taking mental health medications.)

Suitable Service Users

The service is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL and suitable to those who might be on a waiting list to receive NHS counselling services or have completely a NHS counselling service but seeking ongoing support from the community. It also suits those who have difficulties accessing mental health services due to language barriers as the service is provided in their preferred native language: Cantonese, Mandarin, English.


Call us at 0300 201 1868 for more information and making appointment with our support advisers.

Kick-it Project

CIAC is now the delivery partner of the Kick-it Project within the Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham; providing 1 to 1 quit smoking support to the Chinese community within the tri-borough.

The project includes free 6 weekly supports and free* nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

Researches and statistics have shown together with support and NRT, you are 4 times more likely to quit successfully.

Please call 03002011868 for more information or to book an appointment with our advisors who can speak Mandarin and Cantonese.

*participants may be liable for a prescription fee.

CIAC & Shaftesbury Woman Volunteer of the Year Award 2016

Women Volunteer Award winner 2015

Nominations are now open to honour an outstanding woman whose volunteer work and effort has positive impact on the Chinese community. [Nominations are now closed, updated September 2016]

This is your chance to nominate someone you know, whom we would like to share their remarkable story and thank them for their contribution.

Nomination criteria:

  • 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 5 pm Friday 5th Aug 2016. £500 will be an added incentive for the nominator of this year’s winner to the charity of his/her choice.

For more information please email info@ciac.co.uk

Home Office Walk-in Surgery

Date: First Tuesday of every month

Time: 2 – 3 pm

Location: CIAC Office @ Basement, 2 Gerrard Place, London W1D 5PB

Home Office assures that no enforcement will take place during the surgery.

For more information, please contact us via:
0300 201 1868