In the morning of 1st Dec., we welcomed the first sharing session of Alumni Social Responsibility Month: Legal Knowledge Sharing on Prevention of the legal risk for our disability - Guardianship by Conduct. During this sharing session on provisions of adult Guardianship by Conduct, invited by Ms Fiona Xu more than 60 alumni learned from Mr Chenyang Li the first notary in mainland China to handle the notarization of Guardianship by Conduct and dealt with the largest number of cases cleared their concern on issues such as means to arrange our medical treatment and property management in advance when one is unable to make decisions independently due to illness or accidents and persons to approach as guardian when one lose consciousness.
In the afternoon of 1st Dec., invited by alumna Ms Yihan Tan, Huawei mobile photography workshop took place at the University of Manchester China Centre where alumni had the opportunity to get hands-on tips for taking great photos with camera phone and start capturing the best moments in life from professional photographer Mr Zhenzhong Xing. Alumni learnt about practical techniques and mobile functions. By experimenting newly learnt tricks on and with each other, theory was quickly put into practice.
On 12th Dec., 2019, University of Manchester China Centre Beijing Alumni Christmas Gathering and Year-End Social Responsibility Panel took place in central Beijing. Mr Richard Cotton, Director of Student Recruitment and Outreach and Ms Sherry Fu, University of Manchester China Centre Director welcomed alumni and shared University and Centre news, followed by keynote speech by alumnus Daming Liu who is the first Chinese to study abroad on the wheelchair as an undergraduate and earned bachelor's degree in Psychology and the title of "International Honorary Alumni of the Year" from the University of Manchester. Ms Sherry Fu then moderated the Year-End Social Responsibility Panel joined by Mr Joseph Du and Ms Mavis Meng who shared their experience and thoughts with charity, philanthropy and NGOs. This happy occasion ended with exiting secret santa session where alumni exchanged their best wishes through carefully picked presents for their fellow mates.
On 17th Dec., Alumni Social Responsibility Month welcomed its last session: Sharing on Hypnosis & Aromatherapy where two GMBA alumna Ms Candice Zhang and Ms Aileen Wei invited our attending alumni to embark on a spiritual journey with themselves through hypnosis experience and aromatherapy workshop. Using coaching techniques, Candice helped audience to release stress to have their attention focused so that hypnotic hints (positive psychological hints) were more likely to be accepted from both physical and mental side. As they always say "All roads lead to Rome", the other speaker Aileen presented means to activate positive emotions with aromatherapy where scents with various application methods can lead vitality, joy, optimism and calmness in our daily life. Alumni went home with custom essential oils and make lotions, home spray for relaxation and better sleep after a full-day of intense work.