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Elderly learn over lunch at Vietnamese Community Forum

Older Vietnamese/Chinese people living in London borough of Tower Hamlets and other boroughs in east London have enjoyed learning all the available support for them in the community while tucking into a traditional lunch.

The CRV east London Forum put on quite a show in our community, with the aim of informing elderly residents of the care services they are entitled to.

Mr Dam from Bow , 70 , thanked the forum. He said: "I really enjoyed myself, Community activities were great.

"Thank you so much for your Advice & Information and I have found out all this information I never even knew about."

The community forum aim to make a distinctive contribution to building a caring community in Tower Hamlets .

During the day the forum asked guests to complete a questionnaire about the type of support they wanted, which will provide a useful guide and will be discussed at the forum's next meeting. Also All luncheon clubs directory in Tower Hamlets.

Directory of luncheon clubs service for older people in Tower Hamlets.

Funding cuts may force lifeline lunch club to fold

A LUNCH club that provides a vital social lifeline to Vietnamese/Chinese elderly people in London Borough of Tower Hamlets could close if it cannot secure extra funding.

A LUNCH club that provides a vital social lifeline to Vietnamese/Chinese elderly people in London borough of Tower Hamlets could close if it cannot secure extra funding.

Vietnamese/Chinese pensioners using the club at St Nicolas church in Aberfeldy have said they will be left lonely and isolated in their homes if it shuts.

Vietnamese community in east London has seen its funding from the borough council slashed over the past year and it is struggling to continue to provide luncheon club service in the future.

Quan Tran, community Co ordinator said "We're not sure that we are able to continue to run our luncheon club in a next few years. If one day , the closure has been met with an outcry from the elderly people using it, because it was an important source of social contact for a disavntage group like us."

Mrs Luong , 69 , said the club provided a lively meeting point for herself and other pensioners in the area.
“It provides lunch, coffee and entertainment to keep our minds active,” she said.
“We even attempted line dancing this week. If it stops I will just be confined to my four walls.”

Mr Quan Tran also said said it was struggling to keep the club running after suffering a 50% cut in the funding it gets from the borough council.
" I was finding it hard to make up the money elsewhere with most organisations and local authorities making cutbacks. The grant was cut by around 50% last year and we don’t have a lot of other money coming in.
“I have put in funding bids but there is not much money around.”