ANNUAL GENERAL REPORT for the year ending 27-09- 2009

ANNUAL GENERAL REPORT
For the year ending 27-09- 2009

THE ASSOCIATION

The Midlands Vietnamese Refugee Community Association is a registered charity (Charity Registration Number 702306) that was founded in 1982 with the mission to:

  • Preserve and develop the Vietnamese cultural heritage;
  • Assist the Vietnamese community to integrate into the UK’s multi-cultural society and to improve their living and working conditions, and
  • Ensure that the Vietnamese community have equal access to available services.

Service Provision

The Association has been providing the following services:

  • Advice and support on education, employment, training, housing and welfare benefits.
  • Organisation of cultural events and recreational activities.
  • Organisation of mother tongue classes for Vietnamese children. English classes.
  • Liaison with statutory and non-statutory organisations.

Management Committee

Mr. Thanh Lap Le Chairman
Mr. Xuan Thanh Nguyen External Vice Chairman
Mr. Quang Son Pham Internal Vice Chairman
Mrs. Bich Thi Nguyen Treasurer
Mr. Kim Do Doan Secretary

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We would like to acknowledge the financial support and practical help given to us by:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales
  • Comic Relief
  • Equalities Division
  • Adults Communities
  • Third Sector
  • BVSC
  • Refugee Council
  • The Vietnamese Catholic Pastoral Centre
  • Tu Dam Buddhist Temple
  • Members and friends of the Association who have lent their time and support especially:
Rev. Tien Dac Nguyen
Rev. Phuoc Hue
Mr. and Mrs. V S Nguyen ( Support Group )
Mr. and Mrs. P D Le ( Elderly Group Leader )
Mr. Ung To Van ( Elderly Group Vice Chair )
Mr. V Tu Bui ( Support Group )
Mr. and Mrs. C Nguyen ( Support Group )
Mr. and Mrs. Chi My Tran ( Tai Chi Master )

Main activities in the year

Advice Centre Service

Staffed by one part time worker and the Committee Members and 10 very actively Volunteers, the Association offered advice and information to the Vietnamese community on a wide range of issues such as welfare benefits, housing, nationality, health, education and employment. In the past year, the Association dealt with a total of 1,350 cases, many of which were complicated and time consuming. The Association’s Advice Centre opened Monday to Friday, 9AM to 2PM and Saturday 10AM to 2PM to satisfy the demand.

ESOL Classes

ESOL Classes were provided by Birmingham Education Department and Trinity House to help people with reading and writing English. There were 2 sessions every week from Tuesday to Friday.

News Letter

The MVRCA has published a newsletter, report, advice, and information update every six months. It is in a Vietnamese version and is distributed to members of the community.

MVRCA’s Website

The MVRCA Website has been updated, information’s and activities are monthly updating. The Elderly Club, Tai-Chi Club and Seaside Trips, Vietnamese Community Social event’s pictures. Please come and visit our homepage mvrca.wordpress.com.

Supplementary Class

Nearly 60 children attended the Vietnamese Supplementary Class every Saturday to learn about their mother tongue and about aspects of Vietnamese history and culture. There were 4 classes at 4 different levels ranging from elementary to pre GCSE.

Cultural Activities

The Association celebrated the Year of the Buffalo at Holte Community Leisure Centre in 29th March 2009. The celebrations were well attended and attracted an audience of more than 250. The young people took part in a range of performances including a Dragon Dance, folk dance and traditional live music. The event was successful in terms of the attendance, the quality of the performances, the joyful atmosphere, the participation of the community and the sense of achievement, as it was all organised by a band of dedicated volunteers, and the Music entertainment, and refreshment was provided.

Elderly Luncheon Club

Thanks to the financial support from Comic Relief, Big Lottery, Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales and Birmingham City Council Revenue Advice Teams, the Association was able to continue its Elderly Luncheon Club. Up to 25 to 40 elders attended the Luncheon Club each week. They enjoyed having a social time together, taking TAI-CHI lessons, which were given by Master Chi My Tran every Saturday from 11AM to 12 AM, singing karaoke, chatting and sharing meals in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The Association also subscribes to a Vietnamese monthly magazine to enable the elders to read about current events and feature stories in their own language. In this summer, the group went to South end-On-Sea and they had a marvellous time, with a combination of good weather and good company. The Association also provides a transport service with two Coaches for those elders needed it.


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