Archived Project: Lychee Red

Befriending and support for local Chinese communities

Chinese elders come together to share a meal and then stay on for social activities, games, exercise and entertainment, supported by a team of bilingual volunteers from local Chinese communities.

Lychee Red connects Chinese seniors around food and culture. A weekly breakfast club in Beeston and regular outings allow people to connect over common interests and a common language. 

People come for the meal but stay for the companionship, games, exercise and entertainment. A team of volunteers from local Chinese communities are available to befriend and support some of the most isolated and vulnerable people around the city, greeting them with open arms and a smile that says, “Come dine with me.”

So far the project has also included trips to Manchester Chinatown, Temple Newsam and Roundhay Park, and a film afternoon at Belle Isle Family Centre. 

One member said that coming to the group gives him more confidence, helps him sleep better at night, and makes him feel generally happier overall.

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