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Agenda and Minutes -
The 6 Meeting 14/15

Date: 2015/09/17
Time: 09:30
Location: 1410, 14/F, Duke of Windsor Social Service Bldg


1           Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting (Appendix 1)

2           Matters arising

2.1          Manpower shortage

2.2          Elderly Service Programme Plan

2.3          Evaluation on 2015 Welfare Agenda and Priorities Setting Exercise (WAPS)


3           For discussion

3.1          Gender mainstreaming (Appendix 2)

3.2          Survey Study on Ageing Trend of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities


4           For Information

4.1          2015 Best Practice Awards in Social Welfare

4.2          Progress report (Appendix 3 – to be followed)


5           Any other business

6           Date of next meeting






Minutes of the 6th meeting held on 17 September 2015 at 2:30pm in Room 1410 of the Duke of Windsor Social Service Building.



Dr Annissa Lui (Chairperson)

Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, Lutheran Church - Hong Kong Synod


Ms Cindy Leung

Hong Kong Family Welfare Society


Ms Emily Kwong

Aberdeen Kai-Fong Welfare Association Social Service Centre


Ms Lam Yee Mui

The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong


Mrs Helina Yuk

Hong Kong SKH Lady MacLehose Centre/ Rep of SC (FC)





Mr Yeung Chiap To

Sik Sik Yuen/ Rep of SC (ELD)


Mrs Winnie Wong

The Hong Kong Society for the Deaf / Rep of SC (Rehab)


Mr Laurence Ho

Co-opted Member


Dr Lam Ching Choi

Co-opted Member


Ms Crystal Cheng









Ms Grace Chan (CO, Elderly)



Mr Moses Mui (CO, FC)



Mr Kuo Chun Chuen (CO, Rehab)



Ms Franki Wong (Recorder)






Mr Chan Wing Kai


The Hong Kong Council of The Church of Christ in China


Ms Chan Pui Yi

Hong Kong Christian Service             


Mrs Queenie Wong

Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service - Hong Kong


Ms Sania Yau(Vice-chairperson)

New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association


Ms Maggie Chan

Caritas – Hong Kong


Dr Ernest Chui

Life Members


Mr Raymond Lai

The Salvation Army/ Rep of SC (CY)


Ms Karen Yiu (CO, CY)



1          Confirmation of the minutes of the last meeting

The minutes were confirmed without any amendment.

2          Matters arising

2.1         Manpower shortage

In response to the lack of clinical supervision for OT and PT in small- or medium-sized NGOs, the Council had explored the cooperation opportunity with the associations of respective professionals. Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association welcomed the suggestion of launching a mentorship programme. Details would be shared once confirmed. Besides, there was a new page of “NGO Corner” in the newsletter of the PT Association to introduce the NGO work to the PT practitioners and students.


2.2         Elderly Service Programme Plan

10 focus groups and 5 public consultation of ESPP were held from May to August 2015. The Council had also arranged 5 more forums to enlarge the engagement scope.


2.3         Evaluation on 2015 Welfare Agenda and Priorities Setting Exercise (WAPS)

Evaluation meeting on WAPS was held on 1 September with SWD. Before that, a pre-meeting was held with some Standing and Specialized Committee members, to gather the ideas of enhancing the existing WAPS mechanism logistic arrangement. Ms Crystal Cheng recaptured some key points mentioned in the evaluation meeting:

  1. To build consensus with NGOs and SWD in earlier stage, say after the Policy Address.
  2. To simple the rundown of the annual meeting by cancelling the section of report back session.
  3. To have “food for thought” at the beginning of the annual meeting to stimulate some new ideas for the discussion session.
  4. SWD was open to rearrange the grouping of the discussion session to “Children and Youth” and “Family and Community”.  Members believed that the rearrangement was not a must if the consensus could be built between NGOs and SWD in the earlier stage.
  5. Same as the previous practice, the cross-bureau issues would be handled by arranging separate forum with themes.

The annual meeting of WAPS of 2016 would be held either on 2 or 10 June 2016.


3          For discussion

3.1         Gender mainstreaming

Ms Crystal Cheng briefed the background of the captioned issue. A brainstorming session was held with some invited NGOs by LWB. A checklist of gender mainstreaming was drafted by the Women’s Commission and suggested to be one of the required documents in the bidding proposal. Members reflected the checklist focused on the right of women instead of gender mainstreaming, while men would become a disadvantage group in some cases. Thus, there should be a part for men’s right in the checklist as well. Besides, some of the items of the checklist could only be filled after the whole project evaluation. LWB would arrange a briefing and seminars later. Details would be shared once ready.


3.2         Survey Study on Ageing Trend of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

Mr Kuo Chun Chuen shared the findings of the captioned survey study. Questionnaires were distributed to 230 rehabitation units and assessments of over 10 thousand users were received, while the return rate was 99.8%. Mr Kuo highlighted that the persons with intellectual disabilities would have ageing symptoms earlier than the people in same age and they would have higher risk in suffering from long term illness. The higher level of intellectual disability, the higher need of caring they had. Members noticed that the existing hostel setting was not favorable for the ageing persons with intellectual disabilities. Members believed fundamental changes would be needed, for example having specialized nursing home for them or transforming the DAC cum Hostel to small group homes, so as to provide a better caring environment. Besides, members concerned on the means to reach the persons with intellectual disabilities as well. Since some of them might not attach to any service unit, it would be keep track with their health condition. The Council had a concerned working group following up with respective department and submission would be made.


4          For Information

4.1         2015 Best Practice Awards in Social Welfare

A list of winning projects was tabled for members’ perusal. 18 projects were selected as the winners in the 2nd round adjudication. The AGM cum award presentation ceremony would be held on 12 November 2015. A sharing session would be arranged in early 2016. With the financial support by a business partner, promotion to the public would be arranged, for example, having newspaper supplement, new webpage, etc. Members suggested extending the scope of promotion, for example, attaching the award presentation ceremony in the Caring Company Partnership EXPO.


4.2         Progress report

The progress of each team was illustrated in the report. Ms Karen Yiu highlighted item #4 Consultancy Study on Child Care Services. HKCSS submitted the recommendations to the SWD on 4 August 2015 and shared the key concerns points with some members of SWAC as well. Since the child care services had not been revived for 20 years, a well-rounded review was desired among the sector.

Regarding to item #9 Meeting with Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), EM network of the Council met with Dr York Chow, Chairman of EOC on 10 September 2015 and EOC had set up an EM unit and adopted EM in their core business. It obviously was a success in the advocacy of EM issue.

Regarding to the co-parenting issue, there would be a public consultation on the proposed Children’s Bill launched in late 2015 and the consultation would last for 4 months. The Council supported the concept of joint custody but specialized supportive service must be needed.

To update a bit on Age-friendly city, Ms Grace Chan quoted Ms Carrie Lam’s speech shared in a community event that Ms Lam would fully support the work of age-friendly city, which was a good sign for us to continue our work.

Referred to item #15 Service Framework of Personalized Care for Adults with Severe Mental Illness in Hong Kong (Framework), recommendations were made to HA. Since the welfare sector concerned so much about the Framework since it involved the collaboration between medical field and welfare field in future.  Concerned service network would maintain the communication with HA.


5          A.O.B.

The deadline for application for HKCSS EXCO and Standing Committees would be on 6 October 2015. Members were encouraged to participate in the Council’s work. Ms Crystal Cheng extended the gratitude to all the members’ support and effort to our Committee, special thanks to Ms Annissa Lui, Ms Sania Yau, Ms Maggie Chan, Ms Chan Pui Yi and Mr Laurence Ho since they had served our Committee for 2 terms and could not apply to be the members of this committee for coming year.


6          Date of next meeting

3 or 4 December 2015 (AM / PM session)

[Post-meeting note: the meeting would be held at 2:30pm on 3 December 2015]