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Agenda and Minutes -
The 5 Meeting 2015-16

Date: October 24, 2016 (Mon)
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Room 1410, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building


1. Endorsement of minutes of the last meeting held on July 11, 2016 (Appendix 1)

2. Discussion

2.1      Progress of the corporate focus on ageing and social innovation

2.2      Promotion of discounted products and services to elders in Senior Citizen Day

2.3      Microfilm series on “stories around” 

2.4      The HKCSS Convention 2017

3. Progress report

3.1       Caring Company

3.2     WiseGiving

3.3     Corporate Communication

4. Any other business

4.1    Response to government consultation on "Sustainable Consumption of Biological Resources” (Appendix 2 - Brief paper to be followed)

5. Date of next meeting


Present  :   

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

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

Mr. Wong Stephen (Caritas - Hong Kong)

Ms. Chau Shuk King, Kitty (Christian Family Service Centre)

Mr. Szeto Kwong Chiu, Ralph (CMRS Digital Solutions Ltd.)

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

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

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

Ms. Tam Chi Wah, Angelique (The Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers)

Mr. Orr Ka Yeung, Kevin (Winner Medical (Hong Kong) Ltd.) 

Apologies :   

Ms. Yuen Kwai Fong, Daisy (MTR Corporation Ltd.)

Ms. Chan Ka Po, Judy (The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Ltd.)

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

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

In attendance:

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

Ms. Christine Kwan (Senior Manager, WiseGiving)

Mr. Eddie Tsang (Senior Manager, Corporate Communciations)

Mr. Simon Thomas Lee (Senior Manager, Sustainable Business HK)

Mr. Keevin Poon (Programme Manager, Caring Company Scheme)

Ms. Kandy Yau (Officer, WiseGiving) - Recorder


1.          Endorsement of minutes of the last meeting 

The minutes of the last meeting held on July 11, 2016 were adopted. 

2.          Matters Arising 

2.1      Cliff reported update of Employment Assistance Programme (EAP) among SMEs

  • The launching event will be held on 26 October 2016. There would be around 50 SME representatives joining. 

3.          Discussion 

3.1      Progress of the corporate focus on ageing and social innovation

  • Programme for developing manpower for the elder care industry:
    • The signing of service agreement is in progress.
    • The Foundation would like to contribute to the social service sector starting with elderly services.
    • Cliff thanked the Committee for their comments which have been shared with the donor. Especially the age range of target beneficiaries, which has been adjusted from 25 or below to 40 or below in order to encourage more healthcare workers.
    • Incentive money: i) Existing workers who join the programme for 3 consecutive years will get HK$12,000 per year, total HK$36,000. ii) Students from Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services will get HK$4,000 per school year in addition to HK$36,000 after working in the centre for 3 years, total HK$44,000.
    • Budget would also be allocated for supporting participants’ self development and leisure activities.
    • The programme will officially kick off in the AGM and benefit 1,000 healthcare workers in total.  All healthcare workers employed by elderly care centres on or before October 1, 2016 are eligible to join the first application period.
    • Some of the NGOs inquired if the programme apply to rehabilitation healthcare workers as well. However, the donor intends to focus on elderly service at the moment.
  • Active ageing programme in volunteering
    • The programme is open for applications targeting retirees.
    • Through email and whatsapp promotion, inquiries were received from individuals, retiree associations and ERB students.
  • Home-based training programme for MIC and demented elderly
    • Partnered NGO has been selected and the application period is closed.
  • Construction Industry volunteering programme
    • There are 400,000 registered construction workers in Hong Kong and they are ready to serve the community by assisting in repairing work for elders.
    • NGOs will be informed about the service soon.
  • Project collaborate with a bank
    • Discussion in progress.
  • Sharing from members
    • There was a programme initiated by HAB which subsidized both elders and SEs for 500 elders aged 60-75 years old to work in SEs, similar to placement programmes. 

3.2      Promotion of discounted products and services to elders on Senior Citizen Day

  • The elderly team usually plans activities with NGOs for Senior Citizen Day. This year, Caring Company will also promote discounted products and services through the business sector. The discounts will be promoted through newspapers and websites. Members agree with the direction suggested. 

3.3      Elderly Care Expo

  • An idea of co-organizing an Elderly Care Expo between Innovation and Technology Bureau (ITB), HKCSS and Chief Secretary for Administration's Office was shared. The suggestion allows ITB to know more about elderly needs. 

3.4      Microfilm series on ‘stories around’

  • Since the 3 microfilms supported by AR Foundation were well received last year, the Foundation decided to produce another 3 microfilms. Instead of portraying social issues from the perspectives of NGOs, the films will focus on service users and beneficiaries’ angle. The proposed theme is ‘Grateful That You Care’ and will have its premiere in AGM.
  • Two microfilms cockroach about night market and in blossom about SEN students were played in the meeting. The third microfilm about Down Syndrome is still in progress.
  • Members shared their experiences of mapping record companies and fresh directors with NGOs for microfilm production, as well as suggested the team to prepare a short version for easy spreading in Facebook. Other channels such as inflight entertainment, Roadshow, Students Unions’ platform, Education City and Baby Kingdom were also being explored. 

3.5      The HKCSS Convention 2017

  • The Convention is proposed to be held in September 2017 on 4/F HKCEC, separate from the Expo which will be held on March 10, 2017.
  • Suggested themes are ‘Ageing & Social Innovation’ or ‘Future’ and HKCSS hopefully to invite the new Chief Executive to speak about the sector’s development in the event.
  • Members suggested to include point of views from different stakeholders of the community and to explore the possibility of their contributions in welfare planning. 

4.          Progress Report 

4.1      Corporate Communication

  • HKCSS Channel’s presentation will be reformed as the viewing practice of public is evolving. Since viewer attention on online video is getting shorter, for programmes which require much longer footage, the team will rearrange the content into 2 parts to maintain optimum video length.
  • The current issue of Scenario reported the interview of Bottle Shiu, the next issue will be published in Jan, 2017 with focus on CE election. HKCSS 70th Anniversary will also be featured in 2017.
  • Proactively responded to social issues such as Bridge, the incident of residential care homes of persons with disabilities, social housing needs (container houses), etc. 

4.2      Caring Company

  • The early bird nomination period for Caring Company logo ended on September 23, 2016. 3,000 nominations were received and 2,000+ are eligible. The nomination period will close on January 6, 2017.
  • Keevin thanked members’ involvement in the pre-screening sessions of Outstanding Partnership Project Award.
  • The application of Business for Sustainability logo will close on November 11, 2016.
  • The Expo will be held on March 10, 2017 at the new wing of HKCEC.
  • Call for application had been sent out for ‘Rainbow with KIDS’ programme, supported by Sun Hung Kai Properties, in September, to look for partnered NGO to serve children who are facing family crisis. 

4.3      WiseGiving

  • The team delivered the support of HK$5,000 per DSE candidates in 3 remote districts: Tin Shui Wai, Yuen Long and Islands districts by Li Ka Shing Foundation last week.
  • Ng Teng Fong’s scholarship for F.4-F.6 students reside in Kowloon West is in progress.
  • This is the 4th year to continue working for Commission on Poverty’s Upward Mobility Scholarship.
  • Operation Santa Claus had its result announced on November 9, 2016. There are 23 beneficiaries and the total funded amount is HK$17M.
  • HSBC Community Partnership Programme’s Community Festival will be held on November 27, 2016 on Chater Road and all 18 districts. 

5.          Any other business 

5.1      Response to government consultation on ‘Sustainable Consumption of Biological Resources’

  • Simon shared HKCSS’ proposed response to the Government consultation paper and sought members’ opinions.
  • Members discussed a few focuses including the identification of NGOs’ role under the theme, the opportunity created for Social Enterprises and the importance of green education for NGO. 

5.2      Vote of thanks

  • The Chairperson thanked all members for their comments and opinions made for the Committee in the past years.
  • Members thanked Chairperson for her contribution to the Committee. 


The meeting was adjourned at 6:10pm.