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|May 2018||Course Enrollment for the ‘Pilot Scheme on Training for Foreign Domestic Helpers on Elderly Care’|
With the support of the Lotteries Fund, ‘The Pilot Scheme on Training for Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDHs) on Elderly Care’ (the Pilot Scheme) provides 300 free training places through six District Elderly Community Centres under non-governmental organisations participating in the Pilot Scheme from the second quarter of 2018 to the third quarter of 2019. It aims at strengthening the skills of FDHs in taking care of frail elderly persons, so as to enhance the elderly persons’ quality of life in the community and support ageing in place for them. For details, please click here.
|May 2018||Invitation for Proposals for the Operation of a New Aided Standalone Child Care Centre in Shatin|
The Social Welfare Department is now inviting non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating subvented/ subsidised day child care services in Hong Kong to submit a proposal for the operation of a new aided standalone child care centre (CCC) at Shek Mun Estate, Shatin, New Territories.
Please click here for further details.
|May 2018||Review on Processing of Compassionate Rehousing Cases|
The Social Welfare Department is currently conducting the captioned review. The updated version of the schedule of the review can be downloaded here.
|May 2018||Invitation of Proposals for Operation of Four New Small Group Homes at So Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon.|
The Social Welfare Department is now inviting eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals for operation of four new Small Group Homes at So Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon.
For details, please click here.
|May 2018||Additional and Planned Places of Rehabilitation Services|
Information on additional and planned places of rehabilitation services for the period of Apr to June 2018 has been announced. Please download the information here.
|May 2018||Application for 2018 Purchase Exercise under the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme|
To increase the provision of subsidised residential care places for the elderly, the Social Welfare Department is inviting operators of private residential care homes for the elderly to submit applications for the 2018 Purchase Exercise under the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme. Applications will close on 23 May 2018. For details, please click here.
|May 2018||Application for "The Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment" and/ or "Central Fund for Personal Computers"|
"The Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment" (The Scheme)(26th round) and "Central Fund for Personal Computers" (The Fund) (38th round) now accept applications. The deadline for both the Scheme and Fund is 31 May 2018. The Scheme has been further enhanced since October 2015, including expansion of coverage on subsidy to purchase accessories/portable devices for PVI.
Eligible organisations, educational institutes and individual persons with visual impairment may apply for "The Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment" whereas "Central Fund for Personal Computers" is for eligible persons with disabilities engaging in self-employment at home or supported employment service at home.
Detailed information and application forms can be downloaded from SWD Website:
CyberAble.net: http://www.cyberable.net .
Enquiries can be made to Rehabilitation and Medical Social Services Branch, Social Welfare Department:
"The Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment" or "Central Fund for Personal Computers"
Telephone: 2892 5156; Email Address: email@example.com; Fax: 2893 6983
|May 2018||Three Phases of Application for Higher Old Age Living Allowance|
The Social Welfare Department (SWD) implements the Higher Old Age Living Allowance (Higher OALA) on 1 June 2018 to provide a higher monthly allowance for eligible elderly persons with more financial needs. The Higher OALA takes retrospective effect from 1 May 2017 (Effective Date). The current OALA is renamed as Normal OALA. To enable elderly persons to receive the allowance as early as possible, the SWD starts to arrange the application for Higher OALA by elderly persons through three phases from April 2018, namely "Auto-conversion", "Postal Submission" and "New Application".
Elderly persons who meet the monthly income and asset limits as below will receive a lump-sum retrospective payment counting from 1 May 2017 at the earliest.
Limits on 1 May 2017:
||Amount of allowance
|Total income per month
|Total asset value
Elderly persons who meet the monthly income and asset limits as below will only be granted a lump-sum retrospective payment counting from 1 February 2018 at the earliest.
Limits effective from 1 February 2018:
||Amount of allowance
|Total income per month
|Total asset value
The above arrangements are only applicable to the "Auto-conversion" cases or applications through "Postal Submission" or "New Application" received on or before 31 December 2018. For applications received on or after 1 January 2019, eligible elderly persons will only be entitled to receive the Higher OALA from the date of eligibility.
For details of Higher OALA, please click here.
|May 2018||Programme under the Community Care Fund|
The Community Care Fund "Pilot Scheme on Providing Special Subsidy for Persons with Permanent Stoma from Low-income Families for Purchasing Medical Consumables" accepts second batch application, the Pilot Scheme is administered by the Social Welfare Department.
For details, please click here.
|May 2018||To invite the 20th batch applications for the Support Programme for Employees with Disabilities (SPED) |
The Social Welfare Department is inviting the employers of persons with disabilities to submit application for SPED and the deadline is on 20 April 2018. For details of SPED and application eligibility, please click here.
|May 2018||Announcement of the Result of Invitation of Proposals to Operate New Special Child Care Centre cum Early Education and Training Centres |
The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations to submit proposals to operate two new Special Child Care Centre (SCCC) cum Early Education and Training Centre (EETCs) at Kwun Tong district. A total of 14 proposals were received and a Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of all the proposals. Upon the recommendation of the VC, SWD has selected SAHK to operate the SCCC cum EETC at On Tai Estate Ancillary Facilities Block, Kwun Tong and Heep Hong Society to operate the SCCC cum EETC at Lei Yue Mun Estate, Kwun Tong.
|May 2018||Invitation to Operate the Fifth Batch of Child Development Fund (CDF) School-based Projects|
The Social Welfare Department (SWD) is now inviting interested schools to submit proposals for operating the Fifth Batch of CDF School-based Projects, which are to be launched in the second half of 2018. The closing time and date of submission of application is 5:00 pm on 27 April 2018 (Friday).
The applicant school must be a public sector school (including government schools, aided schools and caput schools) or a school under the Direct Subsidy Scheme. Except for government schools, the applicant school must have a "certificate of registration" under Section 3 of the Education Ordinance (Chapter 279). Through formulating and implementing the personal development plans, the projects aim to encourage children from a disadvantaged background to develop an asset-building habit as well as accumulate savings and intangible assets (such as positive attitude, personal resilience and capacities, social networks etc.) which are important assets for their future development.
A Guide on Application Procedures, comprising "How to Apply", "Service Specifications", “Assessment Mechanism” and "Application Form" can be downloaded here:
- Guide on Application Procedures for the Fifth Batch of CDF School-based Projects ( PDF document)
- Application Form ( PDF document)
A briefing session on the Fifth Batch CDF School-based Projects was held on 21 March 2018, the summary of “Questions and Answers” (in Chinese) of the briefing session can be downloaded here.
- Summary of “Questions and Answers” ( PDF document) (Chinese version only)
For enquiries, please contact the Child Development Fund Office at 2892 5540.
|May 2018||Fujian Scheme opens for application from now|
The Social Welfare Department (SWD) launches the Fujian (FJ) Scheme under the Social Security Allowance Scheme from 1 April 2018 and the Scheme is now open for application. The FJ Scheme is to provide Old Age Allowance to eligible Hong Kong (HK) elderly persons aged 65 or above who choose to reside in FJ, without the need to return to HK each year. A special one-off arrangement is in place in the first year of implementing the FJ Scheme (i.e. from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019) to allow elderly persons who have already settled in FJ and satisfied all other eligibility criteria (including age, means test requirement for applicants aged 65 to 69, etc.), but failed to meet the one-year continuous residence in HK requirement to benefit from the Scheme without having to return and stay in HK for one year. For details of the Scheme and application procedures, please click here
Fujian Scheme Leaflet (PDF Version) can be downloaded here
Application Form (PDF Version) can be downloaded here
Guidance Notes for the Application (PDF Version) can be downloaded here
|May 2018||Advice on the Installation and Use of Wall-mounted Kettles Connected with Inside Service|
Please note the latest advice of Water Supplies Department to Child Care Centres / Residential Institutions / Day Centres for installation and use of wall-mounted kettles connected with inside service. Please refer to the attached appendix for details.
|May 2018||Flag Day Organisers from April 2018 to March 2019|
The list of Flag Day Organisers from April 2018 to March 2019 can be downloaded here.