To empower members of the Chinese Community.
To work with members of the Chinese Community to meet their needs.
To preserve Chinese culture, arts and heritage.
What we do
The London Chinese Community Centre (CCC) is a vital social and learning hub for the Chinese community. It provides a wide range of services and organises a variety of activities to improve the quality of life and well-being of the Chinese community, particularly those who are disadvantaged, isolated or vulnerable. In particular, we aim to assist people of Chinese heritage of all ages to better integrate into UK culture and society. Our expert staff provide confidential and impartial one-on-one support in areas where many struggle, such as welfare, education, housing, health, employment and family/personal problems.
Outreach visits are made to the housebound and vulnerable. Talks, workshops and classes are organised and designed to foster independence and well-being. Translated leaflets are available for those struggling with English, and English classes are regularly taught to learn the basics of how to get around. Events are organised throughout the year to promote Chinese culture.
On a broader scale, we aim to be a strong voice for the interests and opinions of the Chinese Community, campaign for equal rights and opportunities, and promote UK-China relations.
How we are funded
The CCC is a UK-registered charity that is self-funded. We do not receive any regular government funding from the UK or China. We generate our own income by regularly organising fundraising events and maintaining a membership programme that gives access to many activities, classes and workshops. Grants, sponsorships and donations from individuals, companies and institutions further help us in our journey.
The overall income we generate allows the day-to-day running of the Centre and provides ways for us to make our activities and services accessible.
The London Chinese Community Centre (CCC) was founded in 1979 by Dr Abraham Sek Tong Lue. As the Vice Dean at King’s College and a volunteer teacher at the Chinese Language School in Euston, Dr Lue saw an increasing number of parents come to him for advice and assistance in translating letters from schools, councils and doctors. Upon realising there was a growing demand and need for support services for the Chinese community, he decided to create the CCC, the first Chinese Community Centre in the UK. The CCC was officially recognised as a charity in 1980 and saw approximately 1000 people passed through its door during its opening year.
Over the last 40 years, CCC supported more than 50,000 people. In the past 20 years alone, the CCC secured claims of over £29m in benefits to assist those in need. Since its founding, the CCC has become one of the busiest of its kind in Europe and has attracted support from the Royal Family, Westminster City Council, the Metropolitan Police, the local Soho community and many other partners.
Following Dr Lue’s vision and determination, the Chinese Community Centre opened in the heart of London’s Chinatown and has been serving Britain’s Chinese community for over 40 years.
Dr. Abraham Sek Tong Lue, MBE, CMG
The late Dr. Abraham Sek-Tong Lue was a fellow at King’s College, London, where he taught in the Mathematics Department for 30 years.
He was the founder of the Chinese Community Centre in London (1979), and played an active role in promoting China-UK relations.
Christine Yau, MBE
Christine Yau has been the Chairman of the Chinese Community Centre for over 10 years, co-Chairman of the Soho Society and the vice Chairman of the Chinatown Stakeholders Group.
She played a leading role in the Chinatown Action Plan published in 2003, and the Chinatown Renewal Scheme in 2004-2005, which was shortlisted at the London Planning Awards for the best Community Project.
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