Boost for Chinese group

A GROUP dedicated to promoting the Chinese community in Hartlepool has been given a cash boost.

The Hartlepool Chinese Foundation, which was created to help bring the town’s Chinese population and the wider community together, has been awarded £2,100 by Hartlepool Borough Council.

Leaders say they will use the money to help fund a series of free courses in tai chi, acupuncture and Mandarin language classes, which were originally launched last September.

Sandra Chow, 47, chairperson of the association, said: “The aim of the group is to integrate Chinese people with the rest of the population and to improve their health and social wellbeing.

“We are very grateful for this funding and it will allow us to continue providing a range of courses and classes in Hartlepool for the Chinese and wider community.”

All of the classes are taught at the Lynnfield Children’s Centre, off Murray Street, and they are open to anybody.

The grant has come from the Safer Hartlepool Partnership Community Cohesion Fund, which is a dedicated government grant aimed at hard to reach groups in society.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond approved the funding boost at a meeting of his community safety and housing portfolio.

The Mandarin lessons take place on a Saturday between 1pm and 3pm, while the 10 week tai chi and acupuncture lessons have just ended but this funding will allow them to start up again in the near future.

Anyone interested in joining one of the classes is asked to email the association or call Sandra.

The group, which meets once every two months at the Grange Road Methodist Church, in Tankerville Street, has been offered advice and support from Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency (HVDA).

Meanwhile, the Hartlepool Chinese Foundation is holding an event to celebrate Chinese New Year for its members on Saturday at the Lynnfield Centre.

Celebrations for the Chinese New Year start on Thursday and this year it is the year of the rabbit.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Hartlepool Chinese Association can email or call (07733) 178788.