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Feb 2021COVID-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.
Feb 2021Flag Day Organisers from April 2021 to March 2022

The list of Flag Day Organisers from April 2021 to March 2022 can be downloaded here.
Feb 2021Additional and Planned Places of Rehabilitation Services

Information on additional and planned places of rehabilitation services for the period of October 2020 to December 2020 has been announced. Please download the information here.
Feb 2021Invitation to Tender for the Provision of Services for Elderly Persons of the New Contract Home Located at G/F (Portion), 1/F (Portion), 2/F (Portion), 3/F (Portion) and 4/F (Portion), Shek Mun Estate Social Service Building, 18 On Muk Street, Shek Mun, Shatin, New Territories (Tender Reference: SWD1/5AI/872/2021) .

Following the publication of the above Tender Notice in the Government Gazette on 29 January 2021, a Briefing Session on the invitation to the tender was held on 9 February 2021. The PowerPoint (in Chinese) and "Questions and Answers" (in Chinese) of the Briefing Session can be downloaded here:

PowerPoint (in Chinese)
"Questions and Answers" (in Chinese)
Feb 2021Announcement of the Result of Invitation to Tender for the “Processing of Applications and Provision of Services for Elderly Persons Applying for/Receiving Social Security Payments in Guangdong and Fujian” [Tender Reference: SWD/GD&FJ]

The Award of Contract has been announced. For details, please click here.
Feb 2021Announcement of the Results of Invitation for Proposals to operate Subvented Day Care Centres for the Elderly (DE)

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals to operate two new Day Care Centres for the Elderly at (i) G/F, Social Service Building, Fu Tip Estate, 11 Chung Nga Road, Tai Po and (ii) Unit No. 6, G/F, Po Shek Wu Estate Ancillary Facilities Building, 23 Choi Yuen Road, Sheung Shui and 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 following NGOs to operate the two DEs:
 
(i) Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service to operate the DE at G/F, Social Service Building, Fu Tip Estate, 11 Chung Nga Road, Tai Po
(ii) Caritas - Hong Kong to operate the DE at Unit No. 6, G/F, Po Shek Wu Estate Ancillary Facilities Block, 23 Choi Yuen Road, Sheung Shui

 
    
Feb 2021Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals to Operate the new projects of Hostel for Moderately Mentally Handicapped Persons (HMMH), Integrated Vocational Rehabilitation Services Centre (IVRSC) and Supported Hostel for Mentally/ Physically Handicapped Persons [SHOS(MPH)], Day Activity Centre (DAC) cum Hostel for Severely Mentally Handicapped Persons (HSMH) at Hoi Tat Estate Ancillary Facilities Block, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

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
Hoi Tat Project I 
HMMH, IVRSC and SHOS(MPH) at Hoi Tat Estate Ancillary Facilities Block, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
11
Hoi Tat Project II 
DAC cum HSMH at Hoi Tat Estate Ancillary Facilities Block, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon    
7


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 No. of Proposals
Hoi Tat Project I 
HMMH, IVRSC and SHOS(MPH) at Hoi Tat Estate Ancillary Facilities Block, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Christian Family Service Centre
Hoi Tat Project II 
DAC cum HSMH at Hoi Tat Estate Ancillary Facilities Block, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Hong Kong Lutheran Social   Service, the Lutheran Church - Hong Kong Synod Limited
Feb 2021Revision of Payment Rates under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) and the Social Security Allowance (SSA) Schemes and implementing improvement measures to the CSSA Scheme

The Legislative Council Finance Committee has approved, with effect from 1 February 2021, increasing by 2.7% the standard payment rates under the CSSA Scheme, and the rates of Old Age Allowance (OAA) [including OAA under the Guangdong (GD) Scheme and the Fujian (FJ) Scheme], Old Age Living Allowance (OALA) (including OALA under the GD Scheme and the FJ Scheme) and Disability Allowance under the SSA Scheme according to inflation and the established adjustment mechanism. Besides, the maximum rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme, and the asset limits and monthly income limits for Normal OALA and Higher OALA (including Normal OALA and Higher OALA under the GD Scheme and the FJ Scheme) under the SSA Scheme are also adjusted upwards from the same date while the asset limits under the CSSA Scheme remain unchanged.

The revised respective rates and limits effective from 1 February 2021 are provided in the leaflets below:

Information leaflet on standard rates, supplements and special grants under the CSSA Scheme (SSL/12)
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Information leaflet on asset limits under the CSSA Scheme (SSL/15)
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Information leaflet on maximum rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme (SSL/13)
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Information leaflet on payment rates and resource limits under the SSA Scheme (SSL/14)
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The flat-rate grant for selected items of school related expenses under the CSSA Scheme will be adjusted from the 2021/22 school year.

The revised rates effective from the 2021/22 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)
PDF document PDF Document

Besides, the Social Welfare Department will implement the enhancements to the Disregarded Earnings arrangement and extend a range of special grants to eligible non-elderly able-bodied recipients on 1 February 2021.

Details of the aforesaid improvement measures to the CSSA Scheme are provided in the leaflets below:

Information leaflet on Disregarded Earnings under the CSSA Scheme (SSL/17)
PDF document PDF Document

Information leaflet on the extension of special grants to eligible non-elderly able-bodied recipients under the CSSA Scheme
PDF document PDF Document
 
Feb 2021Application for "The IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment" and/ or "Central Fund for Personal Computers"

"The IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment" (The Scheme) (1st round) and "Central Fund for Personal Computers" (The Fund) (43rd round) now accept applications.  The deadline for both the Scheme and Fund is 23 February 2021.  

“The Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment” ended after the 30th batch of application in mid-2020.  To continue our support for the PVI, the SWD now launches the “IT Scheme for the People with Visual Impairment”.  The relevant eligibility, scope of subsidisation, level of subsidy, etc. remain unchanged.  Eligible organisations, educational institutes and individual persons with visual impairment may apply for “The 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 IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment" or "Central Fund for Personal Computers"

Telephone: 3586 3594; Email Address: [email protected]; Fax: 2834 7046
Feb 2021Invitation of eligible elderly persons to apply for joining 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 are waitlisting for care-and-attention places on the Central Waiting List.  SWD sent invitation letters to eligible elderly persons on 20 January 2021 with their application dates for long-term care services on or before 31 October 2020, inviting them to apply for RCSVs.  For more information about the Pilot Scheme, please click here.   
Feb 2021Enrolled Nurse (General) Training Programme for the Welfare Sector 2021-22

To alleviate the shortage of nurses in the welfare sector, the Social Welfare Department has commissioned the Open University of Hong Kong to organise a two-year full-time Enrolled Nurse (General) Training Programme for the Welfare Sector through the Higher Diploma in Nursing Studies (General Health Care) (Programme code: HDNGOSF1). The programme will commence on 20 September 2021. 

An information seminar on the programme will be held through Zoom at 16:00 on 5 February 2021 (Friday).  Registration for the seminar is welcome before 3 February 2021.  Registration of the seminar and information about the Training Programme are available on the homepage of the OUHK at this link .Those interested in enrolling on the training programme may click here for submission of applications (only online applications are accepted) from 25 January to 12 March 2021.  

For any enquiries, please contact The Open University of Hong Kong on telephone number 3970 2958 / 3970 2955.
Feb 2021Outcome of Vetting of Applications for 2020 Purchase Exercise under the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme

The Social Welfare Department has completed vetting of the applications for the 2020 Purchase Exercise under the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme.  The list of private residential care homes for the elderly being accepted for joining the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme can be downloaded here.
Feb 2021Scheme on Relief Grants for Interest Class Instructors Hired by Organisations Subvented by the Social Welfare Department (Phase 3) opens for application from 4 January 2021 to 31 March 2021

The Scheme on Relief Grants for Interest Class Instructors Hired by Organisations Subvented by the Social Welfare Department (Phase 3) (Scheme III) is open for application from 4 January 2021 with 31 March 2021 as the closing date.

As one of the measures under the Anti-epidemic Fund approved in December 2020, Scheme III aims at providing a one-off relief grant of $7,500 for each of the eligible successful applicants of Phase 1 (Scheme I) and/or Phase 2 (Scheme II), and interest class instructors engaged/planned to be engaged by subvented welfare service units of SWD-subvented organisations for providing training in arts, dancing, handicraft work and sports, etc, for service users during the period from January to April 2021, where the units’ services have been suspended and the instructors’ income affected owing to the prevailing epidemic situation, so as to provide further support and help lessen the impact of COVID-19 on them.  

Successful applicants of Scheme I and/or Scheme II will be notified of Scheme III through short message service.  Eligible applicants may apply for Scheme III through completing and mailing Application Form IA to SWD direct for processing.  For new applicants, completed Application Form IIA are to be submitted to SWD through the subvented welfare service units concerned.

Details can be downloaded here: 

For those instructors who have submitted applications to the Education Bureau for relief grants for school instructors of learning/interest classes or to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department for relief grants for registered sports coaches, further submission to SWD is not required.  

For any enquiries to Scheme III, please contact Youth Section of SWD (telephone: 2892 5126 or 2892 5121).
Feb 2021Announcement of Result on application for “Community-based Support Projects for Persons with Disabilities and Their Families” (2021-2023) (The 7th batch)

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible organisations to submit applications on the “Community-based Support Projects for Persons with Disabilities and Their Families”(CBSP).  A total of 14 project applications were received and a Vetting Committee (the Committee) was set up to conduct assessment of the applications.  Upon the recommendations of the Committee, SWD has selected the following 11 eligible organisations to implement the CBSP:
 
Serial 
no.
Organisation
(in alphabetical order)
Project Name
1 Arts With the Disabled Association Hong Kong Junction of Art – Ways to Wellbeing & Being Well Project
2 Heep Hong Society Junior Gateway Club – Enhancing an accepting society for children with special needs and their families
3 Hong Kong Blind Union Community Support Services for VIPs and their Families 
4 Hong Kong Federation of the Blind Walking with Friends and Light
5 Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, Lutheran Church – HKS "You'll never walk alone"--- Supportive Services for the Families of Persons with Disabilities
6 Lok Chi Association Limited  Gateway Club for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (PIDs)
7 The Child Development Centre The Whole Child Approach Support Programme
8 The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation Strengthening Professional Support to Self-help Organizations of Persons with Disabilities
9 The Hong Kong Society for the Blind Family Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired
10 The Intellectually Disabled Education and Advocacy League (IDEAL) We Care, We Share → "Love Team • Love Journey"
11 Yuk Chi Resource Centre Limited Training for Children with Special Needs
Feb 2021The new application round for the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged is now open

The Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged – the Fourteenth Round Regular Portion Application and the Seventh Round Dedicated Portion Application – is now open for application.  For details, please refer to the following links:

Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged – Regular Portion 

Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged – Dedicated Portion
Feb 2021Assistance Programme under the Community Care Fund

The Community Care Fund extends the “Subsidy for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Recipients Living in Rented Private Housing”, which is administered by the Social Welfare Department.

For details, please click here.
Feb 2021Temporary Testing Centres for Staff Members of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly, Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities and Nursing Homes to Undergo Compulsory Testing

The Government will set up a mobile specimen collection station in Wong Chuk Hang Recreation Ground to replace Wong Chuk Hang Temporary Testing Centre from 15 December 2020 with a view to providing free COVID-19 testing service to the public (including Staff Members of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly, Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities and Nursing Homes).  Wong Chuk Hang Temporary Testing Centre and Wan Chai Temporary Testing Centre will operate up to and including 14 December 2020.  Updated information on Temporary Testing Centres is as follows:

Wong Chuk Hang Temporary Testing Centre
 
Date Starting from 4 December 2020 till 14 December 2020
Time Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ; and from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Registration Care home staff shall bring with a registration form completed by their residential care homes for on-site registration and testing.  No advance booking available. The test is free of charge.
Address
and location
PDF file Hong Kong Wong Chuk Hang Recreation Ground(No. 2 Soccer Pitch)

Wan Chai Temporary Testing Centre
 
Date Starting from 5 December 2020 till 14 December 2020
Time Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ; and from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Registration Care home staff shall bring with a registration form completed by their residential care homes for on-site registration and testing.  No advance booking available. The test is free of charge.
Address
and location
PDF file Hong Kong Hennessy Road Playground (Basketball Court), Wan Chai, Hong Kong

For details, please refer to the letters sent to residential care homes and nursing homes by the Social Welfare Department and the Department of Health respectively on 14 December 2020.

Social Welfare Department 
14 December 2020
Feb 2021Compulsory Testing for Staff of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly (RCHEs), Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities (RCHDs) and Nursing Homes (NHs) - Mobile Specimen Collection Stations

To facilitate staff Note1 of RCHEs, RCHDs and NHs (homes) to undergo nucleic acid tests for COVID-19, the Government will from time to time set up temporary testing centres. Besides, mobile specimen collection stations have also been set up.  Apart from undergoing testing at Community Testing Centres or self-arranged testing at their own expenses, home staff may also bring the Testing Registration Forms completed by their homes to the following 5 mobile specimen collection stations for on-site registration so as to receive specimen collection services using combined nasal and throat swabs for testing. The said services do not accept advanced booking and are offered free of charge.
 
(1)     Sha Tsui Road Playground, Tsuen Wan
  Opening dates and hours: The mobile specimen collection station operates daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with effect from today until further notice.
Address
and location:
PDF file Sha Tsui Road Playground, Tsuen Wan
 
(2)     Carpark of the Sai Kung Jockey Club Town Hall, 8 Chan Man Street, Sai Kung
  Opening dates and hours: The mobile specimen collection station operates daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with effect from today until further notice.
Address
and location:
PDF file Carpark of the Sai Kung Jockey Club Town Hall, 8 Chan Man Street, Sai Kung
 
(3)     Basketball Court, Tai Po Community Centre, No. 2 Heung Sze Wui Street, Tai Po
  Opening dates and hours: The mobile specimen collection station operates daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with effect from today until further notice.
Address
and location:
PDF file Basketball Court, Tai Po Community Centre, No. 2 Heung Sze Wui Street, Tai Po
 
(4)     Open area outside Tai Wo Neighbourhood Community Centre, Tai Wo Estate, Tai Po
  Opening dates and hours: The mobile specimen collection station operates daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with effect from today until further notice.
Address
and location:
PDF file Open area outside Tai Wo Neighbourhood Community Centre, Tai Wo Estate, Tai Po
 
(5)     Wong Tai Sin Square
  Opening dates and hours: The mobile specimen collection station operates daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with effect from today until further notice.
Address
and location:
PDF file Wong Tai Sin Square
 
Note1 : Persons (including full-time, part-time and relief staff) who are employed by and on duty at RCHEs, RCHDs, NHs and day service units attached to the premises of RCHEs or RCHDs, or who provide services to residents or users through a hire-of-service contract with the homes or aforementioned units during the applicable period.

Persons who are subject to compulsory testing and undergo testing at the mobile specimen collection stations will be deemed to have undergone a test at a community testing centre.  People whose test results are negative will be informed by SMS through their mobile phones.

Social Welfare Department
4 December 2020
Feb 2021Temporary Testing Centres for Staff Members of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly, Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities and Nursing Homes to Undergo Compulsory Testing

The Secretary for Food and Health on 30 November 2020 issued a compulsory testing notice under section 10(1) of the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J), requiring staff members of residential care homes for the elderly, residential care homes for persons with disabilities and nursing homes to undergo polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid tests for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Community Testing Centres or under self-arrangement during the period from 1 to 14 December 2020.  The sample must not be taken by the staff members themselves. 

To facilitate the above arrangement for the concerned care home staff to undergo the COVID-19 nucleic acid test, the Government may from time to time set up Temporary Testing Centres as necessary.  These Temporary Testing Centres are specifically for the above target groups to facilitate them to undergo compulsory testing.

It is hereby announced the setting up of the following Temporary Testing Centres :

Wong Chuk Hang Temporary Testing Centre
 
Date Starting from 4 December 2020
Time Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ; and from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Registration Care home staff shall bring with a registration form completed by their residential care homes for on-site registration and testing.  No advance booking available. The test is free of charge.
Address
and location
PDF file Hong Kong Wong Chuk Hang Recreation Ground(No. 2 Soccer Pitch)

Wan Chai Temporary Testing Centre
 
Date Starting from 5 December 2020
Time Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ; and from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Registration Care home staff shall bring with a registration form completed by their residential care homes for on-site registration and testing.  No advance booking available. The test is free of charge.
Address
and location
PDF file Hong Kong Hennessy Road Playground (Basketball Court), Wan Chai, Hong Kong

For details of the compulsory testing for staff members of residential care homes for the elderly, residential care homes for persons with disabilities and nursing homes, please refer to the letters sent to residential care homes and nursing homes by the Social Welfare Department and the Department of Health respectively on 1 December 2020.

Social Welfare Department 
3 December 2020




 
Feb 2021One-off ex-gratia cash allowance for locally confirmed COVID-19 patients opens for application from 27 November 2020

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) announced on 27 November 2020 that the one-off ex-gratia cash allowance for locally confirmed COVID-19 patients is open for eligible Hong Kong residents to apply from today. The one-off ex-gratia allowance of $5,000 aims to remove the concern of potentially infected persons from coming forward to take COVID-19 tests that they would suffer from financial hardship whilst being hospitalised in public hospitals for COVID-19 treatment.

Applicants have to meet the following eligibility criteria:
• they are Hong Kong residents who are confirmed by the Department of Health to have contracted COVID-19 locally on or after 22 November 2020; and
• they are currently employed but not entitled to paid sick leave or are self-employed and face financial hardship whilst being hospitalised in public hospitals for COVID-19 treatment.

Applicants are not required to undergo any specific means test, but they have to declare that they meet the aforementioned eligibility criteria and provide basic information about their current employment. The SWD will assess the applications and may seek to verify relevant information with concerned government departments, the Hospital Authority and/or the applicants' employers as appropriate.
  
Eligible applicants may apply for the ex-gratia allowance starting from today through medical social workers of the hospitals where they are receiving or have received treatment for COVID-19. Applicants may submit the applications themselves or, if need be, appoint a family member/relative or agent to submit applications on their behalf. For applicants who cannot complete their applications whilst receiving treatment, they may do so as soon as possible after they have been discharged from hospital.
  
For enquiries, applicants, or their appointed family member/relative or agent, may contact the medical social services units of respective hospitals during office hours. For contact information of the related medical social services units, please refer to the Annex
Feb 2021The Community Care Fund will extend the “Pilot Scheme on Home Care and Support for Elderly Persons with Mild Impairment” (the Extended Pilot Scheme) for 25 months to end-December 2022. The Extended Pilot Scheme will be continuously administered by the Social Welfare Department.

For details, please click here.
Feb 2021Invitation 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.

Feb 2021Invitation 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 :
Ms Esther HO (Senior Social Work Officer)  2989 1498
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
Feb 2021Withdrawal 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 a 14-day compulsory quarantine on people entering Hong Kong from the Mainland (other than persons returning to Hong Kong under the Return2hk Scheme since 23 November 2020) since 8 February 2020 up to 31 March 2021.

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
Feb 2021Support 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/