The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
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Agenda and Minutes -
The 4 Meeting 12/13

Date: 2013/9/26
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Room 1410 of HKCSS


1. Endorsement of minutes of the last meeting held on June 20, 2013

2. Discussion:
i. Partnership with Commission on Poverty to engage business sector to work with NGOs in supporting youth to transit from school to work
ii. Partnership with LKSF to make grants to individual social workers to address social changes
iii. Demonstration of new HKCSS website

3. Business Update:

i. Caring Company Scheme
ii. WiseGiving 
iii. Corporate Communication

4. Any other business

5. Date of next meeting


Present  :       Mr. Tsang Wing Keung, Johnny (Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service) - Chairperson

                                Ms. Chan Kit Ling (Christian Family Service Centre)

Mr. Chan Wing Cheung (Caritas Hong Kong)

Mr. Mok Hon Fai, James (The HK Federation of Youth Groups)

Ms. Ng Ka Man, Carmen (HK Alzheimer’s Disease Association)

                                Ms. Yeung Yee Ching, Noel (Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service)

Mr. Cheung Tat Cheong (St. James’ Settlement)

Dr. Alice Yuk Tak Fun (YMCA of Hong Kong)

                               Mr. Ralph Szeto (CMRS Digital Solutions Limited)

                               Ms. Mary Law (IBM China/Hong Kong Limited)

Ms. Zoe Lee (CLP Holdings Limited)

Mr. Leung Wai Shing, Bevis (Urban Group)

Mr. Peter Lam

Mr. Andy Ho


Apologies :         Mr. Lo Wing Ching, Wesley (Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service)


In attendance:           

Mr. Cliff Choi (Business Director, PEP, HKCSS)

Ms. Christine Kwan (Senior Manager, WiseGiving)

Ms. Wendy Luk (Senior Manager, Caring Company Scheme) - Recorder

Mr. Eddie Tsang (Senior Manager, Corporate Communciations)



1.  Minutes of Last Meeting 

An AOB item about the resignation of Mr. Charles Chan as member of the Standing Committee to be added in the minutes of meeting held on June 20, 2013. 

2. Discussion

2.1       2.1 Partnership with Commission on Poverty (CoP) to engage business sector to work with NGOs in supporting youth to transit from school to work

Cliff Choi briefed about the setting of Hong Kong’s first official Poverty Line by the Government and that CoP would announce the details on September 28.  The Poverty Line would be pegged at 50% of the median monthly household income.  While the Poverty Line would form a tool to figure out the landscape of poverty in Hong Kong community, members concerned more about longer term solutions and support to target different segments of people living in poverty.  This led to the discussion about setting focus on community-based social development policies, targets to be set for reducing the population that have been living in poverty, support to the population who were not included based on the Poverty Line but still under vulnerable living condition, etc. 

Members also raised the importance to grasp the period in upcoming few months before the release of the next policy address.  It would be a good opportunity for the Council to reiterate key issues under Poverty, through different communication channels.  

Apart from the Poverty Line, CoP would also kick-off programs such as the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (社會創新及創業發展基金), 有能者聘之 and an initiative on social mobility for youth namely “Future Star” 

2.2 Partnership with LKSF

Cliff Choi briefed about a new initiative by LKSF for making grants to proposals from individual social workers to address social changes.  Grant for each successful application would be $100k.  Members noted that the design of the project helped recognize professional insights from social workers and drive them to propose community-based ideas.  It may be even encouraging if inputs from other professionals could be drawn in the project proposals.     

2.3 New HKCSS website

Cliff Choi highlighted the major features of the revamped HKCSS website which will soon be launched.  Members well noted that the website would be forming a database portal consolidating information of different types under particular subjects.  

Besides, one of the main components in the website, the HKCSS Channel, made easy for visitors’ understanding on social issues.  The videos would be accessible in HKedCity as teaching materials for Liberal Studies.  Articles and videos from Agency Members would also be invited on need basis.  Suggestions on further development for the website include adding public polling on particular agenda, on site streaming for related events.  Members alerted about new function on Youtube that comments added by viewers would be able to be removed by Admin. 


3. Business Update

i. Caring Company Scheme 

Wendy Luk reported the progress of organizing the two new award categories to promote inclusion in the 2013/14 Caring Company Scheme, namely the “Outstanding Award for Social Inclusion” and the “List of Barrier-free Companies / Organizations”.  A number of NGOs in different expert areas would be invited to become examiners.  Besides, thanks to members who participated as pre-screening members for the Outstanding Partnership Project Award. 

ii. WiseGiving

Christine Kwan reported WiseGiving will work with LKSF to launch a new funding scheme to support social workers to initiate projects that would benefit community. Partnership projects & Grant Exercises were initiated with various corporations like HSBC, Link REIT, SCMP and Shun Hing Group. 

On Philanthropy development and donors’ education, foundations were invited to attend Conference on Food Assistance and the concerned luncheon in Sep in order to provide them with a full picture of service gaps in the community. 

iii. Corporate Communications 

Other than the launching of new HKCSS website and recent development of HKCSS Channel, media and risk management were provided for WebOrganic on the dispute of Internet Learning Scheme with Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO). The issue was finally settled with concession made by the Council. 

Subsequent to the resignation of Ms. Christine FANG, the Executive Committee of HKCSS appointed a Selection Panel to recruit the new Chief Executive. After two months of open recruitment, the Panel announced the appointment of Mr. CHUA Hoi Wai, who is now the Business Director responsible for Policy Research and Advocacy in the Council, as the next Chief Executive. Press events were organized to announce the new move.


4. Any Other Business 

There being no other business and this was the last meeting of the year term.  

The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 pm.