房屋、社區和地方政府事務部撥款資助47個全國及地區性的項目，歡迎以BN(O)簽証移居英國的香港人，依士靈頓華人協會(ICA)是其中一個受資助團體。其服務重點為迎新 (induct)、凝聚 (cohere)及適應 (adapt)，將會提供諮詢服務，舉辦課程及各種活動，幫助新移民提升語文及溝通能力，認識本地社區生活和文化，掌握求職和生活技巧，及適應新的社區環境。項目希望建立一個平台，讓新移民之間發揮團結互助的精神，並通過推廣香港人的知識、才能和文化承傳，助其積極融入本地社區。
ICA launches Welcome Hongkonger Programme
Islington Chinese Association’s Lunar New Year Market was successfully held last Saturday (19 Feb) and attracted more than 1,300 people.
The Market was themed on the cultures and traditions of Hong Kong and played host to 20 stalls selling street food, snacks, goods and souvenirs, all offered by Hong Kongers. Lion dance, singing and dancing performances added fun and festive spirit to the event and attracted not only Hong Kong people, but also locals who love the traditional Lunar New Year atmosphere and authentic taste of Hong Kong.
This event also marked the launch of the Welcome Hongkongers programme of the Islington Chinese Association.
In his letter Communities Minister Lord Greenhalgh expressed his support of this event. ‘‘The Hongkongers’ New Year Market is a wonderful initiative,’ He said, ‘I support fully the event and would like to wish you and the Islington Chinese Association all the very best for the celebration and for your future endeavours in supporting the BN(O) community.’
Lord Greenhalgh said, ‘I am very pleased that your organisation is now able to start
delivering vital support to British National (Overseas) status holders in London with
funding from the Regional VCSE Grant Scheme. I look forward to seeing the Islington
Chinese Association bringing its plans for BN(O)s to life with Cantonese lunches, befriending walks and other activities all planned over the next few months.’
Full support was also received from over 100 volunteers, performers and stall traders. The traders, all Hong Kong people, offered a variety of home-made snacks and popular street food including Hong Kong-style milk tea, egg tarts, pineapple buns, curry fish balls, egg waffles, etc.
Cindy, the stall trader selling home-made egg tarts and pastries, said, ‘I’m thrilled to see my home folks here and get great satisfaction from seeing them enjoy the home food they have missed so much. I hope by promoting our delicious food and cultures, we can get more people to know more about Hong Kongers, in a way helping us to settle in the U.K. and integrate into the local communities.’
The Islington Chinese Association (ICA) is one of organisations being allocated government funding by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities to launch a community project to help Hong Kongers settle into life in the U.K.. Its programme focuses on providing induction, promoting cohesion and facilitating adaptation. Advice services, classes and activities will be offered to help Hong Kongers enhance their language and communication skills, understanding of local communities and cultures, skills and knowledge for job seeking and adaptation to the new environment. The programme aims to create a platform to facilitate mutual support among the newly arrived Hong Kongers and to inspire exchange of skills, training and knowledge in cultural heritage with the local communities.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, ICA is an inclusive community organisation and has a long history of supporting people of Chinese heritage, in particular those originated from Hong Kong, and initiating much-needed services to help newcomers acquire the skills and resources for effective settlement and building strong community cohesion.
Details of the upcoming events and activities of the Welcome Hongkongers Programme will be announced at ICA’s website and facebook page. For enquiries of volunteering and collaboration opportunities, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter from Lord Greenhalgh