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Aug 2019Additional Small Group Home Places

So Uk Small Group Home operated by Hong Kong Christian Service  has started operation with effect from 16 August 2019 providing 30 additional small group home places and five additional places of emergency/short-term care in small group homes.  
Aug 2019Support 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/

Aug 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals for Operation of On-site Pre-school Rehabilitation Services (OPRS) upon Service Expansion in October 2019

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals for operation of OPRS upon service expansion in October 2019.  A total of 18 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 14 NGOs to operate the additional service places of OPRS upon service expansion in October 2019:
 
Serial
No.
Agency
(in alphabetical order)
1. Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong (The)
2. Heep Hong Society
3. Hong Kong Children and Youth Services 
4. Hong Kong Christian Service
5. Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, the Lutheran Church – Hong Kong Synod Limited
6. Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited
7. Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children
8. Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service
9. SAHK
10. Salvation Army (The)
11. St. James' Settlement
12. Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong Social Service (The)
13. Watchdog Limited
14. Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service

New service teams operated by the awarded NGOs will commence services with effect from 1 October 2019.
Aug 2019Additional and Planned Places of Rehabilitation Services

Information on additional and planned places of rehabilitation services for the period of July 2019 to December 2019 has been announced.  Please download the information here.
Aug 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation for 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 Centres (EETCs) at Shatin and Wong Tai Sin district.  A total of 10 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 the Salvation Army to operate the SCCC cum EETC at Chun Yeung Estate, Fo Tan, Shatin and Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, the Lutheran Church - Hong Kong Synod Limited to operate the SCCC cum EETC at Fung Shing Street, Wong Tai Sin.
Aug 2019Ping Wo Fund Sponsorship Scheme 2019-20

http://www.hab.gov.hk/en/policy_responsibilities/District_Community_and_Public_Relations/gambling.htm
Aug 2019Provision of Subsidy for Internet Access Charges (SIA) to students on Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA)

The Social Welfare Department will issue on 25 July 2019 at the earliest a household-based SIA to CSSA families with children receiving primary or secondary education in receipt of the flat-rate grant for school-related expenses in the 2019/20 school year.  Full SIA for each eligible CSSA family is $1,500 for the 2019/20 school year. 

CSSA recipients are not required to make application for the subsidy.  The money will be paid to them on or after 25 July 2019 through the existing CSSA payment method, that is, normally through bank payment credited to the designated bank account.
Aug 2019Market Research for Provision of Enrolled Nurse (General) Training Programmes for the Welfare Sector

The Social Welfare Department is now conducting a market research for the provision of full-time Enrolled Nurse (General) Training Programmes for the Welfare Sector.  For more information about the market research, please click here.
Aug 2019Update on Special Needs Trust (SNT)

The Application Form and Service Introduction Video of the Special Needs Trust are uploaded onto the Special Needs Trust Scheme Homepage.

For details of the Special Needs Trust Scheme, please click here.
Aug 2019Application for 2019 Purchase Exercise under the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme

To increase the provision of subsidised residential care places for the elderly and enhance the overall service quality of private residential care homes for the elderly, the Social Welfare Department is inviting operators of private residential care homes for the elderly to submit applications for the 2019 Purchase Exercise under the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme.   Applications will close on 14 August 2019.  For details, please click here.
Aug 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Operating the Sixth Batch of Child Development Fund School-based Projects

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited schools to submit application for operating the Sixth Batch of Child Development Fund (CDF) School-based Projects.  Upon the recommendation of the Vetting Committee, SWD has awarded 14 projects (including one joint-school project) to 16 operating schools.

List of schools operating the Sixth Batch of CDF School-based Projects can be downloaded here.
Aug 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals to Operate the new projects of Hostel for Moderately Mentally Handicapped Persons (HMMH) and Integrated Vocational Rehabilitation Services Centre (IVRSC), Day Activity Centre (DAC) cum Hostel for Severely Mentally Handicapped Persons (HSMH) at So Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon; Mun Tung Estate & Ying Tung Estate, Tung Chung, Islands

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
So Uk Project I
HMMH & IVRSC at Block 14 (Camellia House ), So Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po
9
So Uk Project II
DAC cum HSMH at Block 14 (Camellia House ), So Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po
6
Mun Tung Project
HMMH & IVRSC at Retail and Welfare Block, Mun Tung Estate, Tung Chung
3
Ying Tung Project
DAC cum HSMH at Ying Chui House, Ying Tung Estate, Tung Chung
1

A Vetting Committee (VC) was set up for each of the above projects to conduct assessment of the proposals.  Upon the recommendation of respective VCs, SWD has selected the following NGOs to operate the respective project:
 
 Name of the Projects Name of Organisations
So Uk Project I
HMMH & IVRSC at Block 14 (Camellia House ), So Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po
Christian Family Service Centre
So Uk Project II
DAC cum HSMH at Block 14 (Camellia House ), So Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po
SAHK
Mun Tung Project
HMMH & IVRSC at Retail and Welfare Block, Mun Tung Estate, Tung Chung
The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council
Ying Tung Project
DAC cum HSMH at Ying Chui House, Ying Tung Estate, Tung Chung
Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited
Aug 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation of Proposals for Operation of Specialised Co-parenting Support Centres (SCSCs)

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals to operate the Specialised Co-parenting Support Centres in Hong Kong. A total of 17 proposals were received and a Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of the proposals. Upon the recommendations of the VC, SWD has selected four NGOs to operate the SCSCs in the five clusters as follows:
 
Name of Organisation Clusters (Districts) Served
The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council Hong Kong
Central & Western, Southern, Islands,
Eastern and Wan Chai
The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory CouncilThe Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory CouncilThe Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory CouncilThe Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council Kowloon East
Kwun Tong, Wong Tai Sin and Sai Kung
Hong Kong Family Welfare Society Kowloon West
Kowloon City, Yau Tsim Mong, Sham Shui Po, Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing
The Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong New Territories East
Shatin, Tai Po and North District
St. James' Settlement  New Territories West
Yuen Long and Tuen Mun
Aug 2019Review on Processing of Compassionate Rehousing (CR) Cases

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) consulted personnel directly involved in the processing of CR cases on the proposed enhancement measures from September to November 2018, so as to rationalise and optimize the processing of CR cases.  The review has been completed and the SWD will follow up the finalized enhancement measures accordingly.
 
Aug 2019Provision of one-off extra allowance to recipients of Social Security Payments

The Legislative Council approved funding allocation on 16 May 2019 for implementing the measures as announced by the Financial Secretary on 27 February 2019 to provide one additional month of standard rate for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients and one additional month of allowance for Old Age Allowance (including those payable under the Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme), Old Age Living Allowance and Disability Allowance recipients under the Social Security Allowance Scheme. 

Eligible recipients will receive the one-off additional payment on 14 June 2019 and the payment will be credited to the designated bank accounts of the recipients.  Recipients are not required to make application for the additional payment.
Aug 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals for Implementing the Pilot Scheme on Social Work Service for Pre-primary Institutions (Phase 2)

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals to implement the Pilot Scheme on Social Work Service for Pre-primary Institutions (Phase 2).  A total of 23 proposals were received and a Vetting Committee (Committee) was set up to conduct assessment of the proposals.  Upon the recommendation of the Committee, SWD has selected the following proposals (including 13 operating Full Social Work Teams and four operating Half-teams) to implement the services of the Pilot Scheme (Phase 2) –
 
Serial No
Name of Organisation
(in alphabetical order)
Social Work Team Type
Full Half
1. Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong (The)  
2. Caritas - Hong Kong ✔✔  
3. ELCHK, Social Service Head Office* / Hong Kong Student Aid Society Limited (The)  
4. Heep Hong Society  
5. Hong Kong Children and Youth Services  
6. Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China (The)  
7. Hong Kong Family Welfare Society  
8. Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, the Lutheran Church – Hong Kong Synod Limited  
9. Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited  
10. Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children* / Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council (The)  
11. Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association  
12. Po Leung Kuk  
13. Salvation Army (The)* / Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod (The)  
14. Sheng Kung Hui St. Christopher's Home Limited  
15. Tung Wah Group of Hospitals  
16. Yan Oi Tong  
17. Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service  
Joint Applications
*Key applicant organisation for joint application

Social Work Teams operated by the awarded NGOs will commence services with effect from August 2019.
Aug 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals to Operate the Mobile Van for Publicity Service on Mental Wellness (MVP Service)

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating community mental health support service(s) to submit proposals to operate the MVP Service.  A total of 12 proposals were received and a Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of the proposals.  Upon the recommendations of the VC, SWD has selected 4 NGOs to operate the MVP Service in the five designated regions as follows:
 
Name of Organisation Designated Serving Regions
St. James' Settlement Hong Kong Island
(Central & Western District, Southern District, Islands District, Eastern District and Wan Chai District)
Christian Family Service Centre Kowloon East
(Kwun Tong District, Wong Tai Sin District and Sai Kung District)
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Kowloon West
(Kowloon City District, Yau Tsim Mong District and Sham Shui Po District)
New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association New Territories East
(Shatin District, Tai Po District and North District)
New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association New Territories West
(Kwai Tsing District, Tsuen Wan District, Yuen Long District and Tuen Mun District)
Aug 2019Flag Day Organisers from April 2019 to March 2020

The list of Flag Day Organisers from April 2019 to March 2020 can be downloaded here.