Community Consultations – giving the Chinese community a voice
Part of CCC-B's role is to inform the Chinese community of changes in policy, and to provide opportunities for the community to have its say in policy development.
Birmingham City Council Budget 2012 & Beyond
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 day care 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 service. One service user 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.
We also ran two consultation workshops on the Council budget for the community. A total of 80 people attended and completed questionnaires which we submitted to the Council on their behalf.