Hong Que Day Service
Overall Aim of project
We run the Hong Que Day Opportunities service to enable elders to continue living valued and dignified lives in the community.
As a result of attending our Day Opportunities service, participants:
- Stay connected with their peers
- Are supported in a safe environment which fully caters for their language and cultural needs
- Are physically and mentally stimulated
- Maintain emotional wellbeing
- Luncheon Club with hot meals freshly prepared and cooked on the premises three times each week
- Weekly shopping trip accompanied by Hong Que care workers
- Extend exercise sessions
- Mah Jong, quizzes and other games
- Art and craft activities
Our Day Opportunities service can be used by anybody who would benefit from the activities outlined above, and services designed with the language and cultural needs of the elderly Chinese in mind.
The current cost is £30.00 per day.
It may be possible to have these costs met by your local council. If you are interested in attending Hong Que but are not in receipt of a personal budget for social care, contact your local social services team for an assessment of your care needs.
Naturally, you or your family can pay the fees from your own income or savings, and voluntary donations are welcome. These go towards purchasing food and gifts for special occasions such as birthday celebrations.
We also appreciate non-cash donations such as art and craft materials which enable us to deliver activities to promote mental stimulation and manual dexterity.
In January 2012, we held a group discussion session about Birmingham City Council's Budget for 2012 and beyond. The session was designed to (a) inform Hong Que service users of the council's draft proposals for social care, and (b) to capture their responses and opinions about the possibility of losing access to the Hong Que day service. One member of Hong Que said "if there was no lunch club, I wouldn't bother to have hot food". The others agreed. This sums up the important role Hong Que plays in motivating the elderly Chinese who would otherwise cease to take proper care of their health and wellbeing. For those in their 80's and 90's who live alone, this could cause severe, potentially life-threatening, problems.
Hong Que is the only day care service run specifically for the Chinese elderly in the West Midlands.
Hong Que is actively supported by a group of regular, committed and skilled volunteers. There are opportunities for volunteers as well as placements for students undertaking courses as varied as social work, health care assistant, catering, art therapy courses, etc. Our luncheon club workers have all gained Level 2 certificates in food safety in catering.
For further information, contact:
- Lead worker: Kate Gordon
- Email: Kate Gordon
- Phone number: 0121 685 8510