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Oct 2019Invitation for Proposals to Operate Two Rehabilitation Services Projects

The Social Welfare Department is now inviting NGOs operating subvented rehabilitation service(s) to submit proposal(s) to operate two projects as follows –
 
1. Supported Hostel for Mentally Handicapped Persons in Lai Tsui Court, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon (Lai Tsui Court Project); and

2. Supported Hostel for Mentally/ Physically Handicapped Persons in Shek Mun Estate, Shatin, New Territories (Shek Mun Estate Project).
 

Please click here for further details.
Oct 2019Announcement of Result of Invitation for Proposals for operating Outreaching Teams for Ethnic Minorities

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals for operating Outreaching Teams for Ethnic Minorities (OTEM) in Hong Kong.  A total of 20 proposals were received and a vetting committee (VC) was set up to vet the proposals.  Upon recommendations of the VC, SWD has selected 3 NGOs to operate OTEM in the three clusters as follows:
 
Name of Organisation Clusters (Districts) Served
The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council Team A
Central & Western District, Southern District, Islands District, Eastern District, Wan Chai, and Kwun Tong
Hong Kong Christian Service Team B
Sham Shui Po, Kowloon City, Yau Tsim Mong, 
Wong Tai Sin and Sai Kung
Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui
Welfare Council Limited
Team C
Sha Tin, Tai Po, North District, Yuen Long, Tuen Mun,
Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing
Oct 2019Additional and Planned Places of Rehabilitation Services

Information on additional and planned places of rehabilitation services for the period of October 2019 to December 2019 has been announced.  Please download the information here
Oct 2019Application 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) (29th round) and "Central Fund for Personal Computers" (The Fund) (41st round) now accept applications. The deadline for both the Scheme and Fund is 6 December 2019. 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: http://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_rehab/sub_listofserv/id_itforpeople/; or
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: 3586 3594; Email Address: [email protected]; Fax: 2834 7046

Oct 2019Outcome of Applications for the Bought Place Scheme on Day Care Units for the Elderly

The Social Welfare Department has completed vetting of the applications for the Bought Place Scheme on Day Care Units for the Elderly (the Scheme).  The list of private and self-financing residential care homes for the elderly being accepted for joining the Scheme can be downloaded here.
Oct 2019Assistance Programme under the Community Care Fund

The Community Care Fund extends Pilot Scheme on Raising the Maximum Level of Disregarded Earnings for Recipients with Disabilities under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme, which is administered by the Social Welfare Department.
For details, please click here.
Oct 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation to Tender for “Processing of Applications and Provision of Services for Elderly Persons Applying for/Receiving Old Age Allowance under the Guangdong Scheme” [Tender Reference: SWD/OAA-GDS]

The Award of Contract has been announced.  For details, please click here.
Oct 2019One-off grant to Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) students

The Social Welfare Department will disburse a one-off grant of $2,500 to CSSA students from child care centres, kindergartens, primary and secondary schools who are eligible for flat-rate grant for selected items of school-related expenses in the 2019/20 school year starting from 23 August 2019.  The arrangement was one of a series of relief measures announced by the Financial Secretary in the 2019-20 Budget on 27 February this year.

The one-off grant will be paid through the existing CSSA payment method, i.e., through autopay to the designated bank account in general.  Recipients are not required to apply for the one-off grant. 
 
Oct 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.  
Oct 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/

Oct 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.
Oct 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.