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History

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    Origin Our old emblem

    The history of the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong(SRACP) can be traced back to 1955. At that time, the Sheng Kung Hui Sheng Carpenter's Church recruited more than a hundred discharged prisoners to assist in the construction of the Hung Hom Holy Carpenter's Church, which began the earliest rehabilitation work for the discharged prisoners. The group of discharged prisoners lost their livelihoods after the completion of the project. Therefore, Pastor Au placed them in the young workers' home in the church. Two years later, Pastor Au and a group of part-time volunteer workers established The Hong Kong Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society. It was renamed as The Society for the Rehabilitation of Offenders, Hong Kong in 1982, and the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong in 2001.


    Construction of the Hung Hom Holy Carpenter's Church Pastor Au(fourth from the right, second row)
     
    Early development
    Craft training centre Recreation centre

    In the early days of its establishment, SRACP adopted a comprehensive service model. In addition to providing case counselling, it also has a recreation centre, a craft training center, and dormitories to fully cater the needs of service users in all aspects. SRACP still adheres to the same philosophy to continuously seek for improvement in our existing services and actively develop more related services to rehabilitated people.

     

  • Transformation

    Hostel Service

    "Food, clothing, shelter, and transportation" are the basic needs of life, and accommodation is the top priority for rehabilitated persons after they are discharged from prison. The establishment of hostels can give rehabilitated people a shelter and solve their immediate needs in life. Therefore, it is one of the earliest projects developed by SRACP. There were three hostels opened in 1959. In recent years, SRACP has provided Short-term Rental Assistance to alleviate the shortage of hostel beds.

    By the 1990s, the hostels were gradually moved to new public housing estates, and the indoor spaces were greatly improved The first phase of hostels are located in old private buildings
     

    Recreation Service

    Recreation activities are good for the body and mind, it also cultivates healthy interests and help rehabilitated people to get rid of bad habits. SRACP established recreation centers in Tung Tau and Wan Chai in 1964 and 1966 respectively. The former moved to Chuk Yuen South Estate in 1988, and as of May 2019, recreation services have been integrated into Integrated Service Centre for Social Rehabilitation & Community Support Centres.

    In an era without computers and projectors, movies were played by film projector
    放映機。
    Table tennis is one of the standard equipment in the recreation center which is the most popular among young rehabilitated people

     

  • Drug Rehabilitation Service

    The development of services should meet the environmental changes and social needs. In the 1960s and 1970s, many service users had drug abuse problems. In early 1965, SRACP established a Rotary Drug Rehabilitation Centre to carry out a three-year drug rehabilitation trial programme. Today, our services have become more professional. Since 1998, SRACP launched an integrated and collaborative project by the Society and Substance Abuse Assessment Unit (SAAU) of Kwai Chung Hospital, which is now called the Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: Project Oasis.

    )A staff is demonstrating the use of acupuncture and drug treatment facilities to a foreign visitor Service users who participated in the methadone detoxification trial programme must take dosage of methadone prescribed by the doctor and under the supervision of staff
     
    In-prison service

    To assist rehabilitated persons to improve effectively, it is very important to intervene as soon as possible and provide appropriate counselling. In the 1960s, SRACP visited various prisons and correctional institutions regularly to meet inmates in need. In order to establish a relationship of mutual trust with them, we often cooperated with the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department to organise festive celebrations and friendly matches. Later, we further strengthened the work of pre-release counselling. In addition to introducing services, we will also work with inmates to formulate their post-release rehabilitation plan to ensure that they are properly followed up.

    Christmas party in Tai Lam Correctional Institution Staff playing a friendly basketball match with inmates

     

  • Public Education

    The most difficult part of rehabilitation work is to gain public recognition. The support and acceptance of the public is of great help to the rehabilitation process. In order to break the gap between the public and rehabilitated persons, we established the Community Education Service in 1977. We employ rehabilitated persons who have recovered to speak out and share their experiences. It helps to promote crime prevention education, also deepen public awareness of rehabilitated people.


    Volunteer lecturer shared his past experiences and mistakes with the elementary school students

    Educate public with the message of anti-drugs and crime-reduction through booth games

    In recent years, we have also implemented crime prevention education with interactive methods

    In 2005, we established the Hong Kong Jockey Club TeenGuard Valley - Crime Prevention Education Centre to provide an interactive educational day camp for youths, parents and educators.  

     
     

    Students participate in the interpretation session after the "case" is concluded

    Students act as lawyers for both prosecution and defense in mock trial

    Students participate in interactive theater in TeenGuard Valley and learn to deal with problems in real life
     
     
    Mental Health Service

    Established in 1977, the Yuen Long Hostel is our first hostel for rehabilitated persons with mental illness. It was converted into a halfway house in 1985.


    Service users participate in the "Independent Living Project" of the halfway house

    Residents living conditions

    Group therapy activities with persons in recovery

     

  • 1982 - 1989

    .Renamed as 「善導會」in Chinese

    .Renamed as "The Society for the Rehabilitation of Offenders, Hong Kong"

    .Granted by government resources, Yuen Long Hostel has converted into halfway house to provide services for male ex-offenders in mental recovery

    .Launched a two-year trial programme for offender counselling

    .Set up the flower garden

    .The Tung Tau Counselling Office, also the Recreation Center and Craft Training Center moved to Chuk Yuen South Estate

    .Established “Friends of SRACP” 善導知友


     
     
     
     
     

     

  • Mental Health Service

    In the past ten years, mental health services have developed rapidly. In addition to the original hostel services and clinical psychological services, two Integrated Community Centre for Mental Wellness have been established to provide all-rounded community support.


    Raising public awareness on the importance of mental wellness and social inclusion through community sport.


    Person in recovery enjoyed composing the music.


    An ethnic minority family participated in parent-child programme held in VP.
    Social Enterprise

    In order to provide on-the-job training and transitional jobs to service users with lower knowledge and skills, we established a social enterprise-"Bright Services Co., Ltd." in 1997. At the beginning of its establishment, it mainly focused on handling and delivery services. The business has now expanded to exhibition services, cleaning services and food production.  

     
     
    Making rice dumplings in a central kitchen business Opening ceremony of Bright Services in 1997
       
    “U Kitchen” cookies Cleaning services

    A brief history of Bright Services
     
    1999   Established moving service
    2001   Established cleaning service
    2004   Formally became one of the bidding companies on the government moving list
    2008   Established exhibition service and manpower support services
    2009   Established a food manufacturing plant, cooperating with Ocean Empire Food Shop and the Correctional Services Department on the "Rice Dumplings Project"
    2011   Established U Kitchen Cookies
    2012   Acquired the Hong Kong franchise of Chef's Noodle, a South Korean noodle restaurant. The first noodle restaurant is opened in January 2013

     

  • Employment Service

    Rehabilitated persons encounter employment difficulties from time to time. At the earliest stage, we set up a craft training center to provide transitional work arrangements for rehabilitated persons who could not find a job in the open market. However, the nature of the work is mostly non-technical and does not help much to improve their professional skills.

    Therefore, we opened skills training courses in the 1970s and launched Employment Development Service in 1999 to provide larger-scale vocational training and job matching to improve the competitiveness of rehabilitated persons.

     
    The Craft Training Centre mainly provides processing work for semi-finished products The work situation of the rehabilitated persons in the craft training center
    Woodcraft class Wall-painting class
    Opening Ceremony of Cooking Training Class Electrician training
  • 2001

    .Renamed as "The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong" in English

    .Renamed as "香港善導會" in Chinese

    .Sponsored by the Prisoners' Welfare Fund of the Correctional Services Department to set up “Hotline Service for Discharged Prisoners” answered by registered social workers

    .Established two community mental health networks to establish a support network for persons in recovery and their families living in Tuen Mun and the Eastern District of Hong Kong Island

    .Granted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust Fund, Jockey Club Home Circuit Service Center was established to provide services to the families of rehabilitated persons


     
     
     
     
     

     

  • Health Education

    We established the Mercury III Health Education Center in 2005 to provide services to communities prone to AIDS. Later, we saw that many people of South Asian ethnicity in society had drug abuse problems, and gradually launched drug education programs targeting South Asian ethnicities.

     
    Anti-drug activities in ethnic minority schools Promote anti-drug messages to students
     
    Volunteer Service

    As an easier way to integrate into the community, we encourage rehabilitated persons to actively participate in voluntary work and contribute to the society. In addition, we recruit community volunteers who are interested in rehabilitation work to support ours services.

     
    Rehabilitated volunteers perform maintenance works for a youth camp. Rehabilitated volunteers provided haircutting services for the elderly
       
    Volunteers refurbish the gates for elderly people living alone in public housing estates. Volunteers participate in the "Back Alley Decoration Project" to improve the living environment of residents
     
  • 2007

    .In 2007, we launched the Mock Trial - Justice Education Project. Through the process of mock cases and "lawsuits", to let students understand Hong Kong's judicial procedures and strengthen their judgment ability, and enhance crime prevention awareness

    .Provide community mental health collaboration services, named "盈康動力", respectively in Yuen Long, Kowloon City and Yau Tsim Mong districts to provide outreach services to potential mental patients in the district

    .Cooperate with the Correctional Services Department to organise pre-release employment training courses for inmates and launch a "LEAP Project" to provide inmates with drug abuse backgrounds with preventive relapse education and counselling services

    .Implement the Mars Project to train recovered Nepalese people and provide peer education for drug abusers of the same ethnic group

    .Established the "利希慎緊急援助基金Lee Hysan Emergency Foundation" to assist rehabilitated persons and their families in short-term emergency financial needs

    .Subsidised by the Social Welfare Department to provide short-term rental allowances to newly discharged prisoners and increase employment placement groups to relieve the shortage of beds in the hostels and provide more employment services to rehabilitated persons

    .Received funding from the Home Affairs Department's "伙伴倡自強 Partners for Self-reliance" Community Collaboration Project to develop exhibition business and provide job opportunities for rehabilitated persons

    .Sponsored by the Beat Drugs Fund Association, the "抗毒兵團小學生抗毒教育計劃 Anti-Drug Education Program for Primary School Students" was launched in primary schools in the New Territories to instill anti-drug awareness and skills to stay away from drugs


     
     
     
     
     

     

  • Integrated Community Centre for Mental Wellness

    Starting from October 1, 2010, “Integrated Community Centres for Mental Wellness” have been set up in 18 districts in Hong Kong to integrate existing community support services, including community mental health collaboration programmes, halfway house renewal services, and day community rehabilitation Services, training and activity centres for persons in recovery. We established centres in Kowloon City District (Vitality Place) and Yuen Long District (Placidity Place) respectively, for persons in recovery, people with suspected mental health problems, their family members/caregivers and residents in the local area. Provide one-stop, district-based and accessible community mental health support service from early prevention to risk management and rehabilitation service.

     

  • Health education programme for ethnic minority

    The newly added "Project PEER" on Mercury III provides outreach health education and voluntary blood test counselling service for non-Chinese people, and advocates education on the prevention of AIDS and blood-borne diseases (STDs and viral hepatitis). The service targets include drug abusers, female sex workers and their clients, and youth at-risk.

     

  • Launch the "Microfinance Scheme" and promote mental health awareness

    .Became one of the five non-governmental organisations under the "Microfinance Scheme" of the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited

    . A fashion show "穿出新天地" was held in the shopping complex by collaborations of persons in recovery and students of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in clothing design and modelling. This opportunity helps the public to appreciate persons in recovery by showing their talents.

     

  • Expanded drug rehabilitation service and established social enterprise restaurant

    .Drug rehabilitation services for ethnic minorities received funding from the Beat Drugs Fund Association to expand drug rehabilitation counselling and relapse prevention support to ethnic minorities.

    .Established a social enterprise "Chef's Noodle" (then renamed as "M.J.", was closed)

    .Launched the first "So Walk" charity hike to raise funds for inmates and rehabilitated persons services, and their children.

     

  • Implementation of the "Agency Enhancement Project" and the "Hang Seng Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme"

     
    Implemented the "Agency Enhancement Project", and the management structure was changed from a "district-based system" to a service-oriented "service classification system"   Re-examined and established the organisation's VMV (vision, mission, core values)
     
     
    Launched the "Hang Seng Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme" to provide entrepreneurial training and support services for disadvantaged youths   Established the "朗澄之聲 Placidity Voice" community music group with the Tin Shui Wai Women Association Limited to bring mental health information and inclusive concepts into the community through music

    .Set up the Corporate Communications Division (CCD) and strengthen the Division of Professional and Quality Management functions (PDQM)

    ."Home Circuit Service Center" officially became the seventh social service center and was renamed "Home Circuit Service Centre"

     

  • Expand business in social enterprise
     
    .Set up central kitchen business

     

  • Established “Star Theatre” for rehabilitated people
     
    "Star Theatre" was officially established with its first public performance   "Project Midnight Southray – Drug preventive service for high risk non-Chinese ethnic Night Youth Drifters through Midnight Outreach "-the first midnight outreach service for youth at-risk
         
     
    Improving service -"Drug Rehabilitation Support Service for Ethnic Minorities II "   Social enterprise "Chef's Noodle" transformed into high-end Korean Style Barbecue Restaurant -"M.J."
         
    .Organised the first "Charity Golf" to raise funds to support services for youth at-risk and disadvantaged groups

    .Established the Occupational therapy service

     

  • Established new social enterprise and social housing scheme

    Established the first mental health service social enterprise "Tranquility Indoor Farm" and "Good Harvest Maintenance Service”

    We collaborate with landlords, organisations, professionals and donors to develop the ‘So Uk' Project to provide a safe and quality living environment to ex-offenders and deprived groups who have urgent housing needs. We also help service users to enhance independent living skills and capabilities through workshops and activities. Our ultimate goal is to help them transit to a successful, independent and meaningful living in the community.

    The first social enterprise project "SoBakery" established through the cooperation of the public, government and business sectors, provides job opportunities for young rehabilitated persons who have received vocational training in catering services, so that they can use their strengths and adapt to the society. In addition to serving local residents, “SoBakery” also accepts orders from corporate customers, provides bakery products and catering service.

    Our youth nurturing and entrepreneurship services have launched new projects including the "Hang Seng Youth Career Planning (HSYCP)" and "Jockey Club YouChallenge”. Think" to help disadvantaged youths make positive changes and development.

     
  • Innovate Integrated Service Centre for Social Rehabilitation & Community Support Centres

    We actively develop an integrated service model, merging the recreation center and social service center into an Integrated Service Centre for Social Rehabilitation & Community Support Centre(ISC), and provide service users with one-stop and suitable support through integrated services. After various preparations and regional consultations, we officially established four ISC (a total of seven service location) in Hong Kong in May of the following year. Under the new service model, we emphasise cooperation with the community and providing services to the families of rehabilitated persons.

     

  • Keep pace with the times and expand new services

    Supported by the sponsorship of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, SRACP and The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) launch the Blue Bus Jockey Club Together We Grow Project (BBJC) together from March 2019 to provide the all-rounded supporting service towards the children and youth, whose parents are arrested, incarcerated or ex-offenders, also their caregivers in Hong Kong, in order to resolve or overcome the challenges from family and development stages, also facilitate the positive family relationship.

    Successfully bid for one of the Community Housing Movement of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service to expand our social housing scheme. The fourth “So Uk” project is located in a tenement building on Staunton Street in Central. Our service target are people who do not have a strong family network. Hoping that the three generations of young, middle-aged and elderly people can support each other through living together and build a harmonious family-like living environment.

    With funding support from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, we are actively preparing for the reconstruction of Shau Kei Wan Halfway House to implement the new co-living project officially named as Jockey Club "Craft Your Life Together" Co-living Community Project. This is the first ever co-living environment for out-of-home youths and persons in recovery.