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Agenda and Minutes -
The 5 Meeting 14/15

Date: Sept 14, 2015 (Mon)
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Room 1410, 14/F., DWSS Bldg.

Agenda:

1. Endorsement of minutes of the last meeting held on June 29, 2015 (appendix 1)

2. Matters Arising

  • MTR – HKCSS Cross Sector Summit : Pathway to Employment
  • Publication on the Study Tour to Seoul

3. Discussion

  • Promotion of Employee Assistance Programme and joint volunteer activities among SMEs
  • Planning of HKCSS Convention cum Caring Company Partnership Expo on May 10, 2016 (appendix 2)

4. Progress Report

  • Caring Company
  • WiseGiving
  • Corporate Communication

5. Any other business



Minutes:

Present  :      

Ms. Yip Yun Wan, Amarantha (Hong Kong Family Welfare Society)

Mr. Chan Wing Kin (The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong)

Ms. Hung Ho Lin, Linda (The Salvation Army)

Mr. Shum Wai Chuen (S.K.H. Holy Carpenter Church Community Centre)

Ms. Catherine Sing (Senior Manager - Corporate & Community Affairs, Power Assets Holdings Ltd.)

Ms. Sheila Tang (General Manager - Corporate Communication, NWS Holdings Limited)

Ms. Ting Suk Yee, Regina (Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council)

 

Apologies :     

Ms. Chan Kit Ling (Christian Family Service Centre)

Ms. Cindy Cheung (Senior Manager - John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.)

Ms. Cheung Wing Suet, Wendy (St. James' Settlement)

Mr. Peter Lam (Individual)

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

Mr. Eddie Tsang (Senior Manager, Corporate Communciations)

Ms. Wong May Kwan, May (Hans Andersen Club)

Mrs. Helina Yuk (Hong Kong S.K.H. Lady MacLehose Centre)

 

In attendance:

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

Ms. Christine Kwan (Senior Manager, WiseGiving)

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

Ms. Naomi Liu (Project Manager, Caring Company) - Recorder


1.          Endorsement of minutes of the last meeting

The minutes of the last meeting held on June 29, 2015 were adopted.

Ms. Hung Ho Lin, Linda has been added back into the present listing and statement “a good opportunity to advocate policy agenda to candidates of the election” has been amended in point 4 on page 3.

 

2.          MTR – HKCSS Cross Sector Summit : Pathway to Employment

  • Mr. Cliff Choi reported that the summit received around 250 enrollments, 70-80 representatives are from NGOs sector, 30 more are from schools and the rest are from corporate.
  • 8 youths were invited to take part in video shooting and voice out their difficulties and limitations on school to work and expectation to the government and corporation.  To echo with the video, the summit arranged a dialogue session between Mr. Matthew Cheung, Dr. Raymond KF Ch'ien, Mr. Chua Hoi Wai and 2 youths in the programme.
  • Mr. Cliff Choi will share the video to all members for internal reference.  Due to privacy issue, the video cannot be shared to public.

 

3.          Publication on the Study Tour to Seoul

  • U Magazine was selected to promote and cover participant’s experience and learning from the whole programme.  4 interviews had been conducted in 4 issues.

 

4.          Promotion of Employee Assistance Programme and joint volunteer activities among SMEs

  • Mr. Cliff Choi introduced the background of Caring SME Alliance (The Alliance). With limited resources and manpower support, SMEs have difficulties to join the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and organise volunteer service alone.  The Alliance therefore suggested negotiating with NGOs to provide discount for group purchase of EAP and to organise volunteer activities for SMEs to participate.
  • As a platform, Caring Company Scheme will help inviting NGOs to provide quotation for group purchase of EAP and exploring the chance of applying funding from Community Investment And Inclusion Fund (CIIF) for organising voluntary activities for SMEs.
  • Members suggested Caring Company Scheme should provide guidance to SMEs to identify their focus in volunteering.  It was also suggested to invite corporate to offer some vacancies of volunteer services to SMEs in order to gain experience and learn from each other in organising volunteer activities.

 

5.          Planning of HKCSS Convention cum Caring Company Partnership Expo (Expo) on May 10, 2016

  • HKCSS Convention cum Caring Company Partnership Expo confirmed to be held on 10 May 2016 at HKCEC Hall 5FG, Chancellor Room and Meeting Room S420 series
  • The date crashed the regular meeting of Executive Council.  Therefore the award presentation ceremony and group photo sessions have to be arranged in late afternoon, to accommodate the participation of Mr Bernard Chan and government official.
  • HKCSS Convention contains two parts.  1st part – Forum, mainly planned and organised by HKCSS.  2nd part – Concurrent sessions, target to invite NGOs and Corporate to host the sessions.
  • The target audience of HKCSS Convention and Expo is different.  Convention target to front line staff and middle management of NGOs while Expo to corporate.
  • Members reviewed the proposed rundown of the Convention and Expo.  It is suggested to organise “Meeting with small NGOs” at Hall 5FG instead of Meeting Rooms to save the traveling time of visitors.
  • Members are welcome to give advices on naming the topic of Keynote and Plenary – “Search for Unity in Divided Society”.
  • Members suggested inviting oversea speakers (eg. Singapore government officials) to demonstrate their good practices in “Diverse” to “Unity”.
  • Members suggested including a keynote speech in governance to make the tea reception with NGO Board members more attractive.
  • Mr. Cliff Choi encouraged members to provide continued input.

 

6.          Business Update

6.1 Caring Company Scheme

  • The Caring Company Nomination 2015/16 just finished its early bird application on 11 September 2015 and Outstanding Partnership Award closed application on the same day.
  • Project+AD, a project for Associate Degree (AD) students that sponsored by J.P. Morgan was completed.  140 AD students participated.  Though NGOs offered 20 job vacancies to them after the programme, 70% of the participants chose to have further study after AD graduated.
  • The Scheme received a number of requests of assistance from corporate, mainly from F&B industry, in recruiting disadvantaged group. The Scheme is now relying on NGOs to refer candidates; however, the supply is limited. Members agreed the corporate should be educated and adjust their practices and requirement to meet the interests of candidates and to facilitate NGOs for matching.
  • Link Together Initiatives launched Link’s First Generation University Student Scholarship this year.  100 students will be selected from 136 qualified applicants and will receive HK$20K scholarship and internship opportunity from Link.

6.2 WiseGiving

  • The team is busying in different funding scheme in Q2. HSBC District Community Programme 2015 2nd cycle is now open for applications. It is encouraged to change the funding cycle from 9months to 12 months for NGOs execution.
  • The French Chamber Foundation is seeking proposals to operate a ‘Lunch Club’, serving lunches and providing employment services to the low income working class in Kwun Tong and/or Yau Tsim Mong for 2 years. The Chamber planned to engage its corporate members to provide job opportunities to the service users. 
  • Swire Trust Seeds in Education Fund is seeking proposals for Youth and Children service.
  • SCMP Operation Santa Claus closed application.  97 applications received and vetted.  Result announcement will be made in October after due diligence.
  • With enthusiastic response to 3 microfilms, AR Charitable Foundation confirmed to continue to support the existing film director to produce another 3 microfilms on another social topic next year.
  • LKK Foundation also funded to produce a series of education video, with different chapters in family related topics.  The team is now consolidating cases and stories from NGOs.

6.3 Corporate Communications

  • Council’s exposure is increasing gradually with rapid use of social media platforms, we now have around 7,000 subscribers on facebook and youtube with monthly viewership of 80,000.
  • Mr. Cliff Choi suggested reporting this item in next meeting while Eddie is present

 

7.          Thank you members

  • Chairperson thank you all members’ contributions to the PEP Standing Committee and the Council in the past year.
  • Mr. Cliff Choi clarified elected and co-opted members shall hold office for two-year term and no person representing the same agency shall be eligible for election or co-option to the Committee for more than two consecutive terms.
  • Mr. Cliff Choi encouraged eligible members to join the election in coming AGM.

 

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:15pm.


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