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Lychee Red

Lychee Red Chinese Seniors Project

 Time to Shine is managed by Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and funded by Big Lottery Fund’s Ageing Better programme to reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst people over 50.  Health for All is one of the  partners delivering unique and creative activities. One project established was Lychee Red which engages socially isolated Chinese elders across the city.   

Befriending and support for local Chinese communities

Chinese elders come together to share a meal and then stay on for social activities, games, exercise and entertainment, supported by a team of bilingual staff and volunteers from the local community.

Lychee Red connects Chinese seniors around food and culture. A weekly luncheon club, games, fun activities at the Parochial Hall in Middleton,South Leeds, and regular outings allow people to connect over common interests and a common language. 

People come for the meal but stay for the companionship, games, exercise and entertainment. A team of volunteers from local Chinese communities are available to befriend and support some of the most isolated and vulnerable people around the city, greeting them with open arms and a smile that says, “Come dine with me.”

One member said that coming to the group gives him more confidence, helps him sleep better at night, and makes him feel generally happier overall.