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Jan 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals to Operate the new projects at the Kai Nang Integrated Rehabilitation Services Complex (IRSC), Kwun Tong, a new Care and Attention Home for Severely Disabled Persons at So Uk Amenity and Community Building, So Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po and a new Supported Hostel for Mentally Handicapped Persons at King Tai Court, San Po Kong

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited subvented non-governmental organisations to submit proposals to operate the following projects.  The number of proposals of each project received is set out below: 
 
Name of the Projects No. of Proposals
Kai Nang IRSC - Service Bundle ONE 4
Kai Nang IRSC - Service Bundle TWO 4
Kai Nang IRSC - Service Bundle THREE 6
A Care and Attention Home for Severely Disabled Persons at So Uk Amenity and Community Building, So Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po (C&A/AD in So Uk Estate) 3
A Supported Hostel for Mentally Handicapped Persons at King Tai Court, San Po Kong (King Tai Court Project) 5

A Vetting Committee (VC) was set up for each of the above project to conduct assessment of the proposals.  Upon the recommendation of respective VCs, SWD has selected the following NGOs to operate the respective projects:
 
Name of the Projects Name of Organisations
Kai Nang IRSC - Service Bundle ONE Christian Family Service Centre
Kai Nang IRSC - Service Bundle TWO Fu Hong Society
Kai Nang IRSC - Service Bundle THREE Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service
C&A/SD in So Uk Estate The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong
King Tai Court Project     Hong Kong PHAB Association
Jan 2019Enrolled Nurse (General) / Enrolled Nurse (Psychiatric) Training Programme for the Welfare Sector 2019-20

To alleviate the shortage of nurses in the welfare sector, the Social Welfare Department has subsidised and commissioned The Open University of Hong Kong to organise two-year full-time Enrolled Nurse (General) / Enrolled Nurse (Psychiatric) Training Programmes for the Welfare Sector.  The Enrolled Nurse (General) Training Programme is to be provided by The Open University of Hong Kong in respect of the Higher Diploma in Nursing Studies (General Health Care) (Programme code: HDNSGF1).  The Enrolled Nurse (Psychiatric) Training Programme is to be provided by The Open University of Hong Kong in respect of the Higher Diploma in Nursing Studies (Mental Health Care) (Programme code: HDNSMF1).  The programmes will commence on 2 September 2019.

Applications will close on 28 February 2019. For information of the programmes, please click here to visit the website of The Open University of Hong Kong.  You may also click here for submission of application (Only online application is accepted).

For any enquiries, please contact The Open University of Hong Kong at telephone number 3120 2661 / 3120 2662.

Jan 2019Revision of Payment Rates under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) and the Social Security Allowance (SSA) Schemes and adjusting eligible age for elderly CSSA from 60 to 65

The Finance Committee of the Legislative Council has approved, with effect from 1 February 2019, increasing by 2.8% the standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme, and the rates of the Old Age Allowance [including Guangdong (GD) Scheme and Fujian (FJ) Scheme], the Old Age Living Allowance (OALA) and Disability Allowance under the SSA Scheme according to inflation and the established adjustment mechanism.  Besides, the asset limit and maximum rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme, and the asset limit and monthly income limit for OALA, GD Scheme and FJ Scheme under the SSA Scheme are also adjusted upwards from the same date. 

The revised rates and limits effective from 1 February 2019 are provided in the leaflets below:

Information leaflet on standard rates, supplements and special grants under the CSSA Scheme (SSL/12)

Information leaflet on asset limit under the CSSA Scheme (SSL/15)

Information leaflet on maximum rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme (SSL/13)

Information leaflet on payment rates and resource limits under the SSA Scheme (SSL/14)


The flat-rate grant for selected items of school related expenses under the CSSA Scheme will be adjusted upwards from the 2019/20 school year.

The revised rates effective from the 2019/20 school year are provided in the leaflet below:

Information leaflet on the flat-rate grant for selected items of school related expenses under the CSSA Scheme (SSL/16)


Besides, the eligible age for elderly CSSA will be raised from 60 to 65 from the same date.  Persons aged between 60 and 64 who have received elderly CSSA before 1 February 2019 will be grandfathered and not be affected.  The CSSA payments of disabled persons or persons in ill health will also not be affected.  They will, regardless of their age, continue to receive CSSA payments which are higher than those applicable to able-bodied adults.
Jan 2019Invitation of Application for In-service Diploma Training Course for Rehabilitation Personnel Working for Persons with Intellectual Disability (2019)

The captioned Diploma Training Course funded by Social Welfare Department and is to be run by the School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE) of City University of Hong Kong (CityU) in March 2019.  Application should be made to SCOPE of CityU on or before 28 January 2019.  More details of the course are provided at www.cityu.edu.hk/ce/swd.
Jan 2019Invitation for Proposals to implement the “Pilot Scheme on Multi-disciplinary Outreaching Support Teams for the Elderly”

The Social Welfare Department is now inviting non-governmental organisations (NGOs) providing elderly care services, be they community care services or residential care services, to submit Proposals for implementing the “Pilot Scheme on Multi-disciplinary Outreaching Support Teams for the Elderly” in New Territories West Cluster (1) [Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing] and New Territories West Cluster (2) [Tuen Mun and Yuen Long].  The Teams, comprising social workers, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, will provide services for the service users of private residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs) to address their social and rehabilitation needs.  The Teams will also provide speech therapy service by speech therapists for the service users of private RCHEs, contract RCHEs (including the Day Care Units attached to contract RCHEs) as well as self-financing RCHEs and self-financing Nursing Homes with swallowing difficulties or speech impairment.  The closing time for submission of Proposals is set at 5:00 p.m. on 1 February 2019 (Friday).

Please click here for further details.
Jan 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation to Tender for “Administering and Delivery of Assistance for Non-refoulement Claimants” (Tender Reference: SWDT092017)

The result of invitation to Tender for “Administering and Delivery of Assistance for Non-refoulement Claimants” can be downloaded here
Jan 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals for implementing the “Pilot Scheme on Multi-disciplinary Outreaching Support Teams for the Elderly”

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier issued Invitation for Proposals to implement the “Pilot Scheme on Multi-disciplinary Outreaching Support Teams for the Elderly” (MOSTE).  Based on Vetting Committee's assessment, SWD accepted the recommended Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) to operate the MOSTE in the six Regional Clusters with details listed below -
 
Regional Cluster Awarded NGOs
Hong Kong East Cluster
(Eastern and Wan Chai)
Methodist Centre
Hong Kong West Cluster
(Central, Western, Southern and Islands)
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
Kowloon East Cluster
(Kwun Tong, Wong Tai Sin and Sai Kung)
Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited
Kowloon West Cluster
(Sham Shui Po)
Hong Kong Christian Service
Kowloon Central Cluster
(Kowloon City and Yau Tsim Mong)
Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited
New Territories East Cluster
(Sha Tin, Tai Po and North)
Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service

The MOSTE operated by the above awarded NGOs will formally commence service with effect from 15 February 2019.
Jan 2019The new rounds of applications for the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged are now open for application

The Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged – the Twelfth Round Regular Portion Application and the Fifth Round Dedicated Portion Application – are now open for application. For details of application, please refer to the following links:

Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged – Regular Portion

Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged – Dedicated Portion

Jan 2019Launch of the Special Needs Trust service by the Social Welfare Department

The Special Needs Trust Office is set up by the Social Welfare Department on 28 December 2018 to provide trust service for parents/relatives of persons with special needs.  Please click here for details of the trust service.
Jan 2019To invite the 23rd 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 25 January 2019.    For details of SPED and application eligibility, please click here.
Jan 2019Simplified arrangement of Medical Fee Waiving

To further facilitate the medical fee waiving at public clinics or hospitals (including the Accident & Emergency Department) for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients and Higher Old Age Living Allowance (Higher OALA) recipients aged 75 or above, the simplified arrangement for medical fee waiving has now been implemented. 

The leaflet of the simplified arrangement of medical fee waiving for CSSA and Higher OALA recipients can be downloaded here.
Jan 2019The new rounds of applications for the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged will be launched before end December 2018

The Twelfth Round Regular Portion Application and the Fifth Round Dedicated Portion Application for Implementing After-school Learning and Support Programmes under the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged will be open for application before the end of December 2018.  Details of application will be announced soon.
Jan 2019The Final Report of the Consultancy Study on the Long-term Development of Child Care Services

In December 2016, the Social Welfare Department commissioned the Department of Social Work and Social Administration of The University of Hong Kong (the Consultant Team) to conduct a “Consultancy Study on the Long-term Development of Child Care Services” (the Study).  The Study looks into the overall provision of day child care services in Hong Kong and advises on the long-term development of child care services.

The Consultant Team has furnished the Final Report on the Study and has put forward a series of recommendations to improve the quality and quantity of child care services in Hong Kong.
  • The Executive Summary can be downloaded here
  • The Final Report (English version only) can be downloaded here
Jan 2019Assistance Programme under the Community Care Fund

The Community Care Fund extends further the “Special Care Subsidy for the Severely Disabled” Programme, which is administered by the Social Welfare Department.
For details, please click here.
Jan 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals for Implementing the Pilot Scheme on Social Work Service for Pre-primary Institutions (Phase 1)

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited subvented non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals to implement the Pilot Scheme on Social Work Service for Pre-primary Institutions (Phase 1) (the Pilot Scheme).  A total of 28 proposals were received and a Vetting Committee was set up to conduct assessment of the proposals.  Upon the recommendation of the Committee, SWD has selected the following 17 NGOs (including 15 operating Full Social Work Teams and 2 operating Half-teams) to implement the Pilot Scheme (Phase 1)  -
 
Serial No. Name of Organisation
(in alphabetical order)
Type of Social Work Team
Full- team Full- team Full- team Half- teamHalf- team
1. Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong (The) ü  
2. Church of United Brethren in Christ Hong Kong Limited (The) üüüüüüüüü  
3. ELCHK, Social Service Head Office ü  
4. Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service ü  
5. Heep Hong Society ü  
6. Hong Kong Christian Service ü  
7. Hong Kong Family Welfare Society ü  
8. Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited ü  
9. Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children   ü
10. Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association ü  
11. Po Leung Kuk ü  
12. SAHK   ü
13. Salvation Army (The) ü  
14. St. James' Settlement ü  
15. Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong Social Service (The) ü  
16. Tung Wah Group of Hospitals ü  
17. Yan Chai Hospital ü  

The social work teams operated by the awarded organisations under the Pilot Scheme (Phase 1) will commence service in February 2019.

 
Jan 2019Application for “Hong Kong Paralympians Fund”

Applications are invited for the following categories of grants under the Hong Kong Paralympians Fund. 

(a) Development of Target Sports (2019-20);
(b) Subsistence Grant to Athletes with Disabilities (2019-20);
(c) Employment Facilitating Grant for Retired Athletes with Disabilities (2019-22);
(d) Audit fee (2019-20).

The deadline for (c) is 28 December 2018 and deadline for (a), (b) and (d) is 4 January 2019.

Detailed information and application forms can be downloaded from SWD Website:

https://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_rehab/sub_listofserv/id_hkpf/

Enquiries can be made to Rehabilitation and Medical Social Services Branch, Social Welfare Department on telephone number: 2892 5345, or E-mail address: srm8@swd.gov.hk

Jan 2019Outcome of Applications for Purchase Exercise under Enhanced Bought Place Scheme (2018)

The Social Welfare Department has completed vetting of the applications for the Purchase Exercise under the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme (2018).  The list of private residential care homes for the elderly being accepted for joining the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme can be downloaded here.
Jan 2019Additional and Planned Places of Rehabilitation Services

Information on additional and planned places of rehabilitation services for the period of October 2018 to March 2019 has been announced.  Please download the information here.
Jan 2019Flag Day Organisers from April 2018 to March 2019

The list of Flag Day Organisers from April 2018 to March 2019 can be downloaded here.