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Chairperson's Message

 

 

I am pleased to announce that we have lived up to the spirit of the 60 th anniversary motto — “By Faith; Create Opportunities; Instil Hope”.

The Society has reviewed existing service modalities and pioneered new service models for users from different age groups. We have strived to enhance time-honoured projects. We have improved corporate functions in the financial and human resources aspects to facilitate staff performance.

KEEP PIONEERING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SERVICE MODELS

With the support from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (HKJCCT), the Society is granted about HK$240 million to redevelop our Shau Kei Wan House. The new hostel is called “Key House”. This hostel is a new service model providing transitional support to persons in mental recovery (PMRs) and young people who have completed their stay in social institutions. This is the Jockey Club “Craft Your Life Together” Co-living Community Project (JCCCP). In this project, we adopt the “Foyer Model” which is originally a successful scheme in Europe and Australia for co-living of homeless young persons. We have added some recovery element to the “Foyer Model” so that PMRs and young persons may integrate and live in a community both reliant on and independent of each other.


Accommodation has always been a persistent problem for both ex-offenders and PMRs. Apart from the JCCCP, the Society has successfully bid one of the social housing projects of Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS). Our project is composed of six units in a tenement house in Staunton Street, Sheung Wan. We operate the fourth “SoUK” there (i.e. the Societys co-living project). This is a new co-living model for individuals across three generations who do not have strong family support. We hope that the youth, the middle-aged and the elderly could complement one another to create a homely environment.

In addition, the Society has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) to launch a 3-years new service model for young persons and their carers whose parents are imprisoned or awaiting trial. This is the Blue Bus Jockey Club Together We Grow Project (BBJC). The Department of Social Work and Social Administration of the University of Hong Kong is our research partner. New evidence-based practices and service models will be developed and shared afterwards.

The Society is also concerned about the special needs of elderly offenders who have early signs of dementia or cognitive impairment. We have partnered with the police from New Territories South Regional Police Headquarters in “Project Hope” to adopt new intervention methods for this group and their families.

The Hang Seng Bank has renewed their sponsorship for the Hang Seng Youth Career Planning Scheme (HSYCP). According to our research, this program has positive impact on young persons in career exploration and entrepreneurship.

CONTINUATION OF TIME-HONOURED PROJECTS FOR SPECIAL TARGET GROUPS

Crime prevention and community education is the Societys core service in which the need of special target groups is always the Societys utmost concern. The Society has obtained a further grant from the AIDS Trust Fund to support four projects under Project Mercury III. These projects promote the prevention and detection of AIDS and blood-borne diseases for prisoners; men who have sex with men; drug abusers and female sex workers and their patrons.

The Society has also obtained grants from Beat Drugs Fund toimplement two projects for ethnic minorities (EM) in tackling drug problems in these communities. One is drug prevention project forEM youth, while the other is rehabilitation services for EM drug users and their families.

Mock Trial Justice Education Project and “STAR Theatre” are two main foci under the Societys crime prevention services. With the sponsorship from Dr. and Mrs. Kenndey WONG, 37 secondary schools participated in the Mock Trial Project last year. Besides the main stream Mock Trial program, the Society collaborated with Junior Police Call (JPC) to implement JPC Mock Trial Competition at the Moot Court of Hong Kong Police College. 20 secondary schools joined the JPC Mock Trial Competition.

For STAR Theatre, an interactive approach was introduced in the drama “Our Mothers” in which the audience could vote and decide which episode to be performed next.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OPTIMISING SUBVENTED SERVICES

The Society has continued to look into ways to improve the services which received regular funding from the SWD. In order to promote family perspective and community based approach, the Societys Recreation Service Centre and Social Service Centre were merged to form Integrated Service Centre (ISC). Four ISCs were established to serve ex-offenders and their families across the territory. In the meantime, outcome indicators were added to all services under the FSA for “Services for Ex-offenders and Discharged Prisoners”.

ADOPTION OF STRENGTHS-BASED APPROACH FOR LIVES IN TRANSITION

Both offenders and PMRs shared and encountered lives in transition. The Societys Mental Health Service has adopted the Recovery Approach in designing services in Integrated Community Centres for Mental Wellness (ICCMWs) and Halfway Houses. Last year, the Social Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention Services adopted the Good Lives Model for Offender Rehabilitation (GLM). Not only did our staff aim at reduction of re-offending, we also attended to the enhancement of offenders well-being. With the application of GLM, a variety of programmes promoting health and social well-being were implemented to assist service users to adopt more fulfilling and socially integrated lifestyles.

STRATEGIES OF STRENGTHENING FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT

The replacement of Financial Management System has facilitated preparation of more timely up-to-date management reports. In addition, electronic financial e-signature was fully implemented last year. In order to motivate our staff to provide better services, the human resources management team has set up Assessment Alignment Board (AAB) to review and align the overall appraisal grade for staff of professional and management grades. In addition, the Society had launched the “Happy Employees” scheme last year. All colleagues were entitled to an extra one-hour meal break once a month. There was also separated budget for each service unit for purchasing snacks every month. The feedback was very good and the scheme would continue.

Lastly, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Andy, our outgoing Chief Executive, for his able leadership in the past decade.

I believe that with the dedication and efforts of all Committee members and staff, the Society will overcome any difficulties and contribute in building a safe and inclusive society.

Patrick LI