The organisation’s evolution can be traced back to the Doncaster Chinese Women’s Group which started in 1997 with objectives to improve the quality of life for Chinese women and their families in Doncaster and the surrounding areas.
In November 2001, the Women’s Group moved into DCLC’s current premises at Bennetthorpe, whereupon it assumed an additional role of being a focal point for the community in the co-ordination, accumulation and dissemination of knowledge and Chinese related resources. The next evolutionary stage saw the Bennetthorpe premises designated as the Doncaster Chinese Learning & Resource Centre. It retained its focus on the Chinese community whilst emphasising the role of learning and the Resource Centre being a medium through which statutory and voluntary sector organisations could communicate and liaise with the Chinese community in Doncaster.
In 2010, Doncaster Central Learning Centre was incorporated as a community interest company, promoting community cohesion and integration through seeking to create equal opportunities to learning, employment and enterprise creation.
In 2013, DCLC stands at a crossroad. Can it afford to remain as it is and if it is to move, what direction does it take? In the face of increasing competition for dwindling resources, how can it remain faithful to its roots whilst yet ensuring its own sustainability?
Between 2013 – 2015 DCLC received infrastructure organisation support through Big Assist (Big Lottery). DCLC was able to commission and develop plans which presents a strategy of transformational change that allows DCLC to introduce new structures, new ways of working and new services. Notwithstanding the transformational change, the values that have enabled DCLC to become the organisation it is today will continue to be embedded in how the organisation operates and the services it delivers.