BEACh and friends group (Bath East Asian Chinese Friends Group)

Contact details:

1st Floor

27A Westgate Street

Bath BA1 1EP

Tel: 01225 428 688

Email: beachgroup_bath@yahoo.co.uk

Webpage: http://beachgroup.googlepages.com/

Outline of organisation:

BEACh & Friends Group is a community group, which exists to support and serve the needs of the East Asian and Chinese community in Bath and North East Somerset and surrounding areas. We are a bridge between users and service providers and the wider community.

To be a cohesive and organised voice for BEACh members, in order to facilitate communication and understanding of issues affecting BEACh members, both within the community and externally to it, and to facilitate access to services in the community.

To improve the culture life, education and training opportunities for BEACh members and support the integration and participation of BEACh members in the wider community.

To raise awareness and understanding of the diversity and richness of our cultures and ethnicity’s, and in the process forge greater friendships with one another and with the wider community.

Staff:

Trustees: CHRISTINA DUNN, YUK LUN LIU, GAZA CROSS, KITTY YU, GUO PING WEI, FUNG YIU LEE, WAI FAN WONG, CHANG CHUNG WANG, PAK KEUNG PANG

Service users

It is open to all, but targets East Asian and Chines

Mission statement:

BEACh & Friends Group is a community group, which exists to support and serve the needs of the East Asian and Chinese communities in Bath and North East Somerset and surrounding areas. We are a bridge between users and service providers and the wider community. We offer in-house interpreting, case work, advocacy and referral and information sharing, special talks and board games activities

Services:

Tuesday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Thursday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Friday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Annual membership fee £5

English and cultural classes

Provide support in accessing local information,

Outreach work to help to translate etc when they have a doctors appointment.

Hold a monthly talk on current issues e.g. new council services

Advocacy

20/30 Exercise classes i.e. Chinese dance, tai chi

Events:

Chinese New Year

Moon festival

Funding:

Bath Council helped with setting up the organisation

Lloyds TSB

Tudor Trust

The Henry Smith Charity

History:

The association started in 2003, however for the first year they had no fixed premises and held meetings in different venues. In 2005 they moved to their current address.

Relevant sources:

BEACH newsletters

http://sites.google.com/site/beachgroup/newsarticle

Trustees Reports and Financial Statements March 2006- March 2010

http://opencharities.org/charities/1108676.html

Bath and North East Somerset Race Equality Council: How Community affects you?

http://www.bathnesrec.org.uk/content.php?select=5&page=

Reports:

Bath and North East Somerset Council Race Equality Scheme Review 2005

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Council%20and%20Democracy/RES%20review%20june%2006.pdf

Corporate voluntary sector funding program 2005/2006

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/memberdecisions/details.asp?idref=827

Bath and North East Somerset Supporting People 5 year strategy 2008

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/Housing/housingadvice/supportedandshelteredhousing/supportingpeople/Pages/OtherPages/5yrstrategy9.aspx

Research:

The experiences of Black and Other Minority Ethnic People: Life and around Norton Radstock December 2002

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/communityandliving/equality/Pages/Life%20in%20and%20Around%20Norton%20Radstock.%20Part%201%20Introduction%20and%20Context%20of%20the%20Research.aspx

Projects:

Black History Month in Bath and North East Somerset 6 October 2004

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/news/press%20releases/2004/lifeandleisure/Pages/PR1892.aspx

Bath Communities Partnership AGM 1 September 2005

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/news/press%20releases/2005/Council/Pages/PR2228.aspx

Chinese New Year 29 January 2006

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/news/latestnews/2006/January/Pages/Chinese%20New%20Year.aspx

New Links forged to help make Bath the most China-friendly city the UK 3 August 2006

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/news/latestnews/2006/August/Pages/New%20links%20forged%20to%20help%20make%20bath%20the%20most%20china%20friendly%20city%20in%20the%20uk.aspx

Celebrating cultural diversity through sport 7 September 2006

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/news/press%20releases/2006/lifeandleisure/Pages/culturaldiversitythroughsport.aspx

Waste Day Change: Awareness effort translated into Chinese 18 May 2009

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/news/latestnews/2009/May/Pages/WASTE%20DAY%20CHANGE%20Awareness%20effort%20translated%20into%20Chinese.aspx

Newspapers/articles:

Intercom: International students at the University June 2006

http://www.bath.ac.uk/international/newsletter/newsletter03/spring03.html

Bristol Evening Post: Roaring in the Year of the Dog February 8 2008

http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_product=UKNB&p_theme=aggregated5&p_action=doc&p_docid=10FDBFDF5DAD5DC8&p_docnum=11&p_queryname=

South West Bath News: Chinese Culture Comes to Twerton February 2008

http://www.proudoftwerton.com/news_february_I_2008.html

Bristol Evening Post: Who’s going where and doing what in Bristol’s business community 25 August 2010

http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_product=UKNB&p_theme=aggregated5&p_action=doc&p_docid=131D80E885247B88&p_docnum=1&p_queryname=2

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