Evergreen: Chinese Women’s Support Group

Evergreen - Chinese Womens Support GroupEvergreen is a Support Group which started in 1999 organised and supported by WAITS. Over the years, the group received personal development training to build up confidence, so that members are more able to take control of their own lives. Evergreen is a self help group. Its members are Chinese women and children that were victims of domestic violence.

Despite the language barriers, they have gradually developed from being the ones looking for help, support and sympathy to a group keen on playing a role in family life education.

In 2010 Evergreen organised a very successful community project, Art from the Heart. Evergreen are looking for funding to organise their third annual Community Family Life Education Project which will include workshops for mothers.

This project will also include a writing competition for young people, aimed at encouraging them to write about their parents, why they chose to come to this country and the difficulties they have experienced.

Evergreen also run a Saturday Culture Class educating the children on their cultural differences and promoting their inter-generational understanding.

In the past Evergreen have also worked on the following projects

  • Started a Saturday School from 2001 with a homework class for their children, and a Chinese language and culture class to develop their sense of identity and self-worth.
  • Produced an interactive bi-lingual STOP, LOOK, GO! CD-ROM in 2002 for young Chinese people to address issues of relationships and conflicts within the Chinese family structure. (For a copy of the CD, please contact the WAITS office)
  • Created an informative bi-lingual website www.stoplookgo-evergreen.org.uk in 2005 for people in the Chinese Community in UK who may be suffering the effects of domestic abuse as a source of support and information.

This project was funded by the Home Office and launched in July 2005.
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