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Agenda and Minutes -
The 6 Meeting 15/16

Date: 2016/09/22
Time: 14:30
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          2016 Welfare Agenda and Priorities Setting (WAPS) Exercise


3           For discussion

3.1          Strategies of engagement of new LegCo members (Appendix 2)

3.2          List of concerns to the HKSAR CE election(Appendix 3)

4           For Information

4.1          Progress report (Appendix 4)


5           Any other business

5.1          Investigation on Integrated Community Centre for Mental Wellness (ICCMW) by Ombudsman


6           Date of next meeting






Minutes of the 6th meeting held on 22 September 2016 at 9am in Room 1410 of the Duke of Windsor Social Service Building.



Mrs Helina Yuk (Chairperson)

Hong Kong SKH Lady MacLehose Centre


Mrs Queenie Wong

Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service - Hong Kong


Mr Cooke Cheung

St James' Settlement


Ms Lam Yee Mui

The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong


Mr Chan Wing Kai

The Hong Kong Council of The Church of Christ in China


Mr Raymond Lai

The Salvation Army


Mrs Angela Chiu

Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council / Rep of SC (FC)


Ms Susan So

Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children/ Rep of SC (CY)


Ms Crystal Cheng






Mr Moses Mui (CO, FC)



Ms Karen Yiu (CO, CY)



Ms Grace Chan (CO, Elderly)



Ms DC Lai



Ms Franki Wong (Recorder)






Ms Emily Kwong

Aberdeen Kai-Fong Welfare Association Social Service Centre


Mr Lai Wing Hoi

Caritas – Hong Kong


Dr Lam Ching Choi

Haven of Hope Christian Service/ Co-opted Member


Mr Ng Ting Shan

Heung Hoi Ching Kok Lin Association

/ Rep of SC (ELD)


Ms Cindy Leung (Vice-chairperson)

Hong Kong Family Welfare Society


Dr Ernest Chui

Life Members


Mrs Winnie Wong

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


Mr Kuo Chun Chuen
(CO, Rehab)



1          Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting

Minutes were confirmed without any amendment.



2          Matters arising

2.1         Manpower shortage

Ms Crystal Cheng reported that the 3rd batch of MOT and MPT programme would be commenced in January 2017. The graduates were required to undertake to work in NGOs for 3 years. It would be quite possible to continue to organize the 4th batch.  To review and enhance the programme, there would be a tripartite platform with the involvement of SWD, Poly U and the Council.


The Council had successfully advocated SWD to arrange an overseas recruitment for OT and PT. SWD would plan to organize the overseas recruitment campaign from 31 October 2016 to 4 November 2016 in the United Kingdom. Invitations had been sent to NGOs. Since some members reflected they did not receive the invitation. Ms Cheng would ask SWD for a copy and forward to members for reference. [Post-meeting note: Concerned documents were sent to members via email on 30 September 2016.]


The Task Group meeting of manpower shortage was held on 9 September. Task Group members suggested lobbying the LegCo members and candidates of HKSAR CE. Before the lobbying, they would explore the channels to arouse the public’s attention on the problems led by the manpower shortage first.


2.2         2016 Welfare Agenda and Priorities Setting (WAPS) Exercise

The meeting notes of WAPS meeting had been uploaded to the Council’s webpage. Specialized Committees reflected that it was good to cancel the report back session. And the grouping of this time could facilitate the discussion with NGOs. Evaluation would be held with SWD in November. Feedback would be channeled to them for consideration.


3          For discussion

3.1         Strategies of engagement of new LegCo members

Each team of HKCSS had started meeting with Hon Shiu Ka Chun. Same as the previous practice, Ms Crystal Cheng and her Chief Officers would arrange meetings with Hon Shiu Ka Chun. After the deliberation, Ms Cheng would invite Hon Shiu Ka Chun to meet with Standing Committee members in October, exact date is to be confirmed. Other meetings with LegCo members could be arranged for specified issues if needed.



3.2         List of concerns to the HKSAR CE election

Ms Crystal Cheng and the Chief Officers of Service Development highlighted the list of concerns for HKSAR CE election. Members reflected that service plan for children aged 0-6 should be mentioned in the list and suggested exploring the possibility of the formulation of child policy. Regarding to the age friendly city, members reflected the policy maker should consider employing the people-oriented approach. The policy should not only age-friendly, but also friendly to families, children, etc. Members also concerned services to the SEN and wished to have a comprehensive community support to SEN.


4          For Information

4.1         Progress report

The progress of each team was illustrated in the report.


5          Any other business

5.1         Investigation on Integrated Community Centre for Mental Wellness (ICCMW) by Ombudsman

The Ombudsman initiated a direct investigation to ICCMW and invited for the public’s views. This was the first time that the Ombudsman initiated for an investigation of SWD on ICCMW. The sector worried that it would give ICCMW a negative image to the public and would make their community work more difficult. Mentioned in the Ombudsman’s press release, they thought that the ICCMW should provide service to persons with mental health problems and their families, carers and residents in the neighbourhood. Yet this was not fair to the ICCMW service providers since neighbourhood was not within the scope of ICCMW according to the Funding and Service Agreement (FSA) of SWD.  To address the concerns and clarify the scope of ICCMW, a meeting with Assistant Ombudsman was held on 14 September. Representatives of the NGOs had already restated that ICCMW under SWD should not be the only one unit to serve the mental ill clients as there were other concerned government departments to deliver service to the clients and the community such as medical service, police etc. The Council would send a submission to the Ombudsman on this issue.


5.2         Election of Standing Committee

Since this was the last meeting of 2015/16, Ms Crystal Cheng extended the gratitude to members for their support to our committee and she reminded the members that the deadline of election of various Standing Committees would be on 4 October. She wished the members could consider joining our committee again.


6          Date of next meeting and proposed meeting schedule for 2016

1 or 2 December 2016 at 2:30pm

[Post-meeting note: Next meeting would be held on 1 December 2016 at 2:30pm.]