Our Walk for Health programme aims to reduce social isolation and build community. Here is a story of a long-time member of our walking group, 86 year-old Chong who has been a member of the Centre for 20 years

She was lonely caring for her husband since they came to this country about 45 years ago as she looked after him without help because both her children lived in Hong Kong.  Chong didn't know how to travel around in central London except from home to Chinatown and back to go shopping.

She first joined our walk in 2005 as she knew she needed a few hours break from her daily routine. Usually she would come late and rush off as soon as we completed the walk because she had to cook for her husband had lost both his limbs.

However, since joining our walks Chong has made many friends and become more friendly and chatty. She has learnt how to travel around in central London with more confidence and likes to go back to some of the parks we visited with her friends. 

Since her husband passed away 5 years ago, she now joins in all the walks and events of the Centre. By being an active member she has increased her quality of live and happiness, and is now able to travel within London on her own, taking buses and tubes with confidence and without fear.

She has made many new friends, is happier, healthier and friendlier and best of all she does not feel lonely any more.

Help Save Our Centre! and continue providing these services to the community.

我們的“走向健康”(Walk for Health)活動的目的是打破社交孤立、建立社區聯系。接下來要講述的是散步小組的長期成員、86歲的庄太太的故事。她成為我們中心的會員已經二十年了。

四十五年前,庄太太和她的丈夫來到英國,她獨自一人照顧著她的丈夫,得不到什麼幫助,因為她的兩個孩子都在香港生活。除了從家裡往返唐人街購物之外,她連倫敦市中心的路都不會走。

2005年,她覺得自己需要在毫無新意的日常生活之外留出幾個小時的空閑,所以第一次加入了我們的散步小組。在我們的全部行程中,她總是遲到或者早早離開,因為她需要回家給她殘疾的丈夫做飯。但是,加入了我們的漫步活動之后,庄太太還是結識了很多朋友,她本人也比以前友好、健談。她不但在倫敦市中心外出時更有信心,還喜歡和她的朋友們回到我們去過的幾個公園再逛一逛。

自從她的丈夫五年前去世以來,庄太太參加了所有的散步活動,還參與了中心的其他的各種活動。積極參加這些活動改善了她的生活質量,增強了她的幸福感。現在,她可以信心十足、毫無顧慮地一個人乘坐公共汽車和地鐵在倫敦市內出行。她結交了更多新朋友,更快樂、更健康、更友善了,最重要的是,她再也不會害怕孤獨。

Save Our Centre!  - 救救我們的中心,讓我們為社區繼續提供這些服務吧!