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Jul 2022Invitation to eligible elderly persons to apply for “the Pilot Scheme on Community Care Service Voucher for the Elderly”

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) launched the Third Phase of “the Pilot Scheme on Community Care Service Voucher (CCSV) for the Elderly” in October 2020.  Adopting the “money-following-the-user” mode, the Pilot Scheme supports the eligible elderly persons to age in place by providing an additional choice of community care service (CCS).  All elderly persons who have been assessed and recommended for CCS or residential care services (RCS) under the Standardised Care Need Assessment Mechanism for Elderly Services, and are waitlisting for subsidised CCS and/or RCS on the “Central Waiting List for Subsidised Long Term Care (LTC) Services” without any kind of RCS or subsidised CCS being received may apply for CCSV.  SWD will send invitation letters to the eligible elderly persons direct to invite them to join the Pilot Scheme.  The eligible elderly persons who have not received the invitation letters may contact the CCSV Office for enquiries (Telephone No.: 3107 3013) (from Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, except public holidays).  For more information about the Pilot Scheme, please click here.
Jul 2022Invitation for Proposals to Operate the Rehabilitation Services Project

The Social Welfare Department is now inviting eligible bona-fide non-government  and non-profit making organisations granted tax exemption status under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap.112) currently operating residential care home for persons with disabilities service to submit proposal for operating the following new project –  
 
Day Activity Centre cum Hostel for Severely Mentally Handicapped Persons 
and Care and Attention Home for Severely Disabled Persons 
at Kwu Tung North Multi-welfare Services Complex in Area 29 of 
Kwu Tung North New Development Area New Territories

Please click here for further details.
Jul 2022Arts Development Fund for Persons with Disabilities (Arts Fund) to open for the Fourth batch application

The Arts Development Fund for Persons with Disabilities (Arts Fund) is open on 20 June 2022 for fourth batch application from eligible organisations.  Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) granted tax exemption status under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap 112), with at least two years of experience in organising structured arts activities or training programmes for PWDs may make applications. The closing time and date of submission of application is 5:00 pm on 31 August 2022 (Wednesday). 

There are 2 tiers of projects under the Arts Fund.  Tier One projects include the provision of elementary and continuing arts programmes that enhance arts knowledge of PWDs, foster their interests in arts and develop their potential while Tier Two projects aim to provide funding support to applicant organisations for organising large-scale, impactful and sustainable projects which focus on developing individual PWDs with great artistic potential to pursue their career in performing, visual or creative arts and to enable them to strive for excellence.

For details of the fourth batch of the Arts Fund, including Guide to Application for a Grant from the Fund, Guidance Notes on completing application form and application form, please refer to the website
(www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_supportser/sub_adfpd).
Jul 2022Invitation for eligible elderly persons to apply for the Pilot Scheme on Residential Care Service Voucher for the Elderly

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) launched the Pilot Scheme on Residential Care Service Voucher (RCSV) for the Elderly in March 2017.  Adopting the "money-following-the-user" principle, the Pilot Scheme provides an additional choice for elderly persons in need of residential care services and waitlisted for care-and-attention places on the Central Waiting List.  SWD sent invitation letters on 29 June 2022 to eligible elderly persons with their application for long-term care services dated on or before 31 March 2022, inviting them to apply for RCSVs.  For eligible elderly persons not having received invitation letters, please contact the Residential Care Service Voucher Office for enquiry. For more information about the Pilot Scheme, please click here.
Jul 2022Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals for Operation of Four New Small Group Homes at Chun Yeung Estate, Fo Tan, Shatin, New Territories

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited non-governmental organisations to submit proposals for Operation of Four New Small Group Homes (SGHs) at Chun Yeung Estate, Fo Tan, Shatin.  A Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of all the proposals received.  Upon the recommendations of the VC, SWD has selected The Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong to operate the four new SGHs.
Jul 2022Provision of one-off extra allowance to recipients of Social Security Payments

The Legislative Council passed the Appropriation Bill 2022 on 4 May 2022 for implementing the measures as announced by the Financial Secretary on 23 February 2022 to provide additional half-month of standard rate for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients and additional half-month of allowance for Old Age Allowance (OAA) [including OAA under the Guangdong (GD) Scheme and Fujian (FJ) Scheme], Old Age Living Allowance (OALA) (including OALA under the GD Scheme and FJ Scheme) and Disability Allowance recipients under the Social Security Allowance Scheme.  

Eligible recipients will receive the one-off additional payment starting from 31 May 2022 and the payment will be credited to the designated Hong Kong bank accounts of the recipients.  Recipients are not required to make application.
Jul 2022Invitation to Tender for "Administering and Delivery of Assistance for Non-refoulement Claimants"

Social Welfare Department is inviting interested tenderer(s) for the “Administering and Delivery of Assistance for Non-refoulement Claimants” (Tender Reference: SWDT092021).  Please click here for further details. 
Jul 2022Additional and Planned Places of Rehabilitation Services

Information on additional and planned places of rehabilitation services for the period of April 2022 to June 2022 has been announced. Please download the information here.
Jul 2022Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals to Operate the Pilot Project on Transitional Support Service for Persons in Mental Recovery

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations to submit proposals to operate the Pilot Project on Transitional Support Service for Persons in Mental Recovery.  A Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of all the proposals received.  Upon the recommendations of the VC, SWD has selected Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service and The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong to operate the said Pilot Project.
Jul 2022Invitation for Proposals to implement the “Service Project on Training on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse Cases”

The Social Welfare Department is now inviting non-governmental organisations to submit proposals for implementing the “Service Project on Training on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse Cases”.  Please note that the Service Specifications of the Service Project has been revised.  Closing date and time for submission of proposals has been extended to 8 July 2022 (Friday) at 5:00 p.m.

An online briefing session was held on 22 April 2022 (Friday) at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Please click here for the details.
Jul 2022Invitation for Applications for Joining the Third Phase of the Pilot Scheme on Community Care Service Voucher for the Elderly as Recognised Service Providers

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) is now inviting eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs), social enterprises (SEs), non-profit-making organisations, private organisations, medical/rehabilitation service operators and licensed private hospitals to submit applications for joining the Third Phase of the Pilot Scheme on Community Care Service Voucher for the Elderly (the Pilot Scheme) as Recognised Service Providers (RSPs). 

An eligible applicant for RSP should meet one of the following conditions listed below –

a. a NGO/SE [being a bona fide non-governmental and non-profit-making organisation, charitable institution, or trust of a public character that is exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112)] or a private organisation with proven experience of directly providing elderly care services, either community care services (CCS) or residential care service, for a continuous period of at least six months immediately preceding the submission date of application; or
b. a medical/rehabilitation service operator with proven experience of directly providing CCS for a continuous period of at least six months immediately preceding the submission date of application; or
c. a licensed private hospital.

The CCS provided by the applicant should cover at least two types of core care services.  Types of core care services refer to (i) rehabilitation exercise provided by physiotherapist/occupational therapist; (ii) special/basic nursing care provided by registered/enrolled nurse; and (iii) personal care (including food-feeding, transfer, showering/bathing, toileting/diaper changing, changing of clothes, meals delivery, home making, escort, etc.) provided by health worker/personal care worker.

The eligible NGOs, non-profit-making organisations and SEs can also apply for a one-off seed money for purchase of vehicle as well as furniture and equipment needed for service operation.

Please click here for downloading the Service Specifications on the Pilot Scheme, RSP Application Form, Application Form for Seed Money and the slides (Chinese version only) of the Briefing Session on this invitation held on 22 June 2020.

For enquiries, please contact Miss Vanessa LO (Tel. No.: 3107 2168) or Ms Carol CHAN (Tel. No.: 2249 5266), the Social Work Officers of the Community Care Service Voucher Office.

Jul 2022COVID-19 Vaccination Health Talk for Relatives of Residents of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly (RCHEs)

To further promote COVID-19 vaccination among residents of residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs), the Social Welfare Department co-organised with the Civil Service Bureau and the Department of Health a health talk on COVID-19 vaccination on 4 September 2021.  Specialists in Geriatrics from the Hong Kong Geriatrics Society, Dr. Jenny Lee, Dr. Elsie Hui and Dr. Christopher Lum, as well as Dr. Wendy Lo, a Specialist in Family Medicine briefed relatives of RCHE residents about information on the COVID-19 vaccines and answered questions about COVID-19 vaccination for the elderly persons. 

To view the video on the COVID-19 Vaccination Health Talk for Relatives of Residents of RCHEs, please click the link below (Chinese version only):

Part I ︰為何長者需要接種疫苗


Part II ︰新冠第三波(院舍篇)


Part III ︰哪些長者應該接種疫苗


Part IV ︰答問篇
Jul 2022COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The Government has launched the "COVID-19 Vaccination Programme" (Vaccination Programme).  In the first phase of the Vaccination Programme, vaccination will be provided free of charge on voluntary basis to 5 priority groups, including persons aged 60 years or above.  The persons concerned can make bookings at the website designated for the Vaccination Programme (www.covidvaccine.gov.hk) for receiving vaccination at the Community Vaccination Centres or designated general outpatient clinics of the Hospital Authority.  They can also contact the private clinics participating in the Vaccination Programme direct to make appointments.  Please visit the designated website for details and updated information on the Vaccination Programme.

Elderly persons who need assistance in making online bookings or appointments at private clinics participating in the Vaccination Programme can approach nearby District Elderly Community Centres, Neighbourhood Elderly Centres and Social Centre for the Elderly or contact the respective Integrated Home Care Services teams / Enhanced Home and Community Care Services teams / Day Care Centres/Units for the Elderly, or call Social Welfare Department Hotline  2343 2255.
Jul 2022Invitation of Eligible Residential Care Homes for the Elderly to Apply for Joining the Pilot Scheme on Residential Care Service Voucher for the Elderly

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited applications from operators of eligible residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs) to apply for participating in the Pilot Scheme on Residential Care Service Voucher for the Elderly (the Pilot Scheme) as Recognised Service Providers (RSPs). All RCHEs providing non-subsidised residential care places for the elderly and meeting the space standard, staffing requirements as well as specified requirements in track record, are eligible to apply as RSPs. The Pilot Scheme has been extended for 3 years from March 2020 to March 2023.

SWD now continues to invite applications from operators of eligible RCHEs to apply for participating in the Pilot Scheme as RSPs and implements enhancement measures during the Pilot Scheme as extended in order to increase the flexibility of the scheme and streamline the administrative procedure.

"Invitation Letter (Chinese version only)" can be downloaded here.

"Invitation for Applications - Pilot Scheme on Residential Care Service Voucher for the Elderly (Recognised Service Providers)" can be downloaded here.

"RSP Application Form” can be downloaded here.

For details of the Pilot Scheme, please click here.

For enquiries, please contact the following responsible officers of Residential Care Service Voucher Office :
 
Miss May HO (Social Work Officer)1  3107 3424
Ms Dilis LAU (Social Work Officer)2  3107 3260
Miss Miranda TSANG (Social Work Officer)3 2456 2913
Jul 2022Withdrawal of social security payment outside Hong Kong by recipients/appointees of Portable Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme, Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme

To strictly control the epidemic of coronavirus, Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has imposed compulsory quarantine on people entering Hong Kong from the Mainland (other than persons returning to Hong Kong under the Come2hk and Return2hk Schemes) up to 30 September 2022.

Recipients/Appointees of the Portable Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme, Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme may not be able to return to Hong Kong as usual to withdraw Comprehensive Social Security Assistance/Old Age Allowance/Old Age Living Allowance due to the above measure.  To facilitate the withdrawal of monthly assistance/allowance outside Hong Kong by the recipients/appointees, retail banks in Hong Kong have put in place a special arrangement, supporting the use of the ATM cards (including debit cards and those credit cards with cash withdrawal function) issued by banks in Hong Kong to withdraw cash outside Hong Kong, and allowing recipients/appointees of the above schemes to activate the cash withdrawal function of their ATM cards on the Mainland through different bank channels (including bank hotlines) without the need to return to Hong Kong in-person, for the convenience of withdrawing assistance/allowance outside Hong Kong.   Furthermore, some of the banks in Hong Kong have also put in place arrangements for authorizing the banks through remote channels including by post to arrange remittance, so as to facilitate the recipients/appointees of the above schemes to establish standing instructions for banks to remit monthly assistance/allowance to their designated bank accounts on the Mainland without the need to return to Hong Kong in-person. For details, please click the links below:  
(The Hong Kong Association of Banks website - ATM cash withdrawal service outside Hong Kong)
https://www.hkab.org.hk/DisplayArticleAction.do?sid=5&ss=7&lang=en

(List of banks providing ATM cash withdrawal service outside Hong Kong)
https://www.hkab.org.hk/download.jsp?isTemp=N&section_id=5&file_name=Activation of Capability of ATM Cash Withdrawal Outside HK.pdf

(The Hong Kong Association of Banks website - authorizing banks through remote channels to arrange remittance)
https://www.hkab.org.hk/DisplayArticleAction.do?sid=5&ss=23&lang=en

(List of banks supporting authorization through remote channels to arrange remittance)
http://www.hkab.org.hk/download.jsp?isTemp=N&section_id=5&file_name=Standing Instruction.pdf
Jul 2022Support Programme for Employees with Disabilities open for applications all year round

For details of the SPED and application eligibility, please click here.

http://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_rehab/sub_listofserv/id_vocational/id_sped/