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Jan 2022Scheme on Relief Grants for Interest Class Instructors Hired by Organisations Subvented by the Social Welfare Department (Phase 4) opens for application from 20 January 2022 to 31 March 2022

The Scheme on Relief Grants for Interest Class Instructors Hired by Organisations Subvented by the Social Welfare Department (Phase 4) is open for application from 20 January 2022 with 31 March 2022 as the closing date.

As one of the measures under the fifth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund, Phase 4 of the scheme aims at providing a one-off relief grant of $5,000 for each of the eligible interest class instructors engaged/planned to be engaged by subvented welfare service units of the SWD-subvented organisations for providing training in arts, dancing, handicraft work, sports and more for service users during the first quarter of 2022 (i.e. from 1 January 2022 to 31 March 2022), where services have been suspended and the instructors' income affected owing to the epidemic situation, so as to provide support and help lessen the impact of COVID-19 on them.  

Eligible applicants may apply for Phase 4 of the Scheme through completing the Application Form 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 the SWD is not required. 

For any enquiries to Phase 4 of the Scheme, please contact Youth Section of SWD (telephone: 2892 5126 or 2892 5121).
Jan 2022Application 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) (3rd round) and "Central Fund for Personal Computers" (The Fund) (45th round) now accept applications.  The deadline for both the Scheme and Fund is 28 February 2022.  

“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:

https://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: eoimc@swd.gov.hk; Fax: 2834 7046
Jan 2022Enrolled Nurse (General) Training Programme for welfare sector 2022-23

To alleviate the shortage of enrolled nurses in the welfare sector, the Social Welfare Department has commissioned the Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) 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 5 September 2022. 

An information seminar on the programme will be held online at 4 p.m. on 25 January 2022 (Tuesday). Information about the seminar and the training programme is available on the webpage of the HKMU (Chinese version only). Those interested in enrolling in the training programme may click here for submission of applications (only online applications are accepted) from 17 January to 4 March 2022.  

For enquiries, please contact the HKMU on 3970 2958 / 3970 2955.
Jan 2022Outcome of Vetting of Applications for 2021 Purchase Exercise under the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme

The Social Welfare Department has completed vetting of the applications for the 2021 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.
Jan 2022Invitation for Proposals for the Operation of a New Aided Standalone Child Care Centre in Sham Shui Po

The Social Welfare Department is now inviting non-governmental organisations (NGOs) having been operating full day child care centre service in Hong Kong to submit proposal for the operation of a new aided standalone child care centre (100 places) at 1/F, 3 Tonkin Street West, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. 

Please click here for further details.
Jan 2022The new application round for the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged is now open

The Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged – the Fifteenth Round Regular Portion and the Eighth Round Dedicated Portion – 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
Jan 2022Fifth Report of Child Fatality Review Panel

The Child Fatality Review Panel published its fifth report, which covers the observations and reviews of the child death cases from 2016 to 2018 reported to the Coroner's Court as well as the Panel's 59 recommendations for the prevention of avoidable child fatalities. Click here to download the full report:
Jan 2022Additional and Planned Places of Rehabilitation Services

Information on additional and planned places of rehabilitation services for the period of October to December 2021 has been announced.  Please download the information here.
Jan 2022Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals to Operate a New Special Child Care Centre for English-speaking Children at Java Road, North Point

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations to submit proposals to operate a new Special Child Care Centre for English-speaking Children (SCCC for ESC) at 2/F, North Point Welfare Facilities Block, 123 Java Road, North Point 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 Tung Wah Group of Hospitals to operate the SCCC.
Jan 2022Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals to Operate a Subvented Day Care Centre for the Elderly

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals to operate a new Day Care Centre for the Elderly (DE) at LG/F, Wong Yet House, Queens Hill Estate, 68 Lung Ma Road, Fanling, New Territories (60 places).  A Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of all the proposals received.  Upon the recommendations of the VC, SWD has selected Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association to operate the DE.
Jan 2022Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Operating the Eighth Batch of Child Development Fund School-based Projects (Updated on 26.10.2021)

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited schools to submit application for operating the Eighth Batch of Child Development Fund (CDF) School-based Projects.  Upon the recommendation of the Vetting Committee, SWD has awarded 17 projects (including four joint-school projects) to 21 operating schools.

List of schools operating the Eighth Batch of CDF School-based Projects can be downloaded here.
Jan 2022COVID-19 Vaccination Health Talk for Relatives of Residents of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly (RCHEs)

To further promote COVID-19 vaccination among residents of residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs), the Social Welfare Department co-organised with the Civil Service Bureau and the Department of Health a health talk on COVID-19 vaccination on 4 September 2021.  Specialists in Geriatrics from the Hong Kong Geriatrics Society, Dr. Jenny Lee, Dr. Elsie Hui and Dr. Christopher Lum, as well as Dr. Wendy Lo, a Specialist in Family Medicine briefed relatives of RCHE residents about information on the COVID-19 vaccines and answered questions about COVID-19 vaccination for the elderly persons. 

To view the video on the COVID-19 Vaccination Health Talk for Relatives of Residents of RCHEs, please click the link below (Chinese version only):

Part I ︰為何長者需要接種疫苗


Part II ︰新冠第三波(院舍篇)


Part III ︰哪些長者應該接種疫苗


Part IV ︰答問篇
Jan 2022Invitation for eligible elderly persons to apply for 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 waitlisted for care-and-attention places on the Central Waiting List.  SWD sent invitation letters on 30 July 2021 to eligible elderly persons with their application for long-term care services dated on or before 30 June 2021, inviting them to apply for RCSVs.  For more information about the Pilot Scheme, please click here.
Jan 2022COVID-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.
Jan 2022Invitation 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.

Jan 2022Invitation 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 :
 
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
Jan 2022Withdrawal 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 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 2022.

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
Jan 2022Support 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/