Volunteer with New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

3 Mar

new-life-logoThe New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association was formed in 1959 by a group of people in recovery of mental illness under the name New Life Mutual Aid Club. The organization was formally registered with the authorities in 1961 and re-organized in 1965 under its current title. The Association was incorporated under the Companies Ordinance Act in 1968. It joined the World Federation for Mental Health in 1969, becoming a member of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service in the same year, and became a member of the Community Chest of Hong Kong in 1970.

New Life strives to promote mental wellness for people in recovery of mental illness and for their families and the general public with the ultimate goal of equal opportunities, social inclusion, acceptance and full participation for all in the community.

New Life is dedicated to pioneering and delivering people-focused, recovery-oriented, and evidence-based community mental health services with care and respect, innovation and continuous drive for excellence and professionalism.

Promoting Recovery and Body & Mind Wellness have always been the core values of our services. By means of a wide variety of community psychiatric rehabilitation services, New Life endeavours to help people in recovery of mental illness lead independent lives, make their employment choices in alignment with their own interests and abilities, obtain employment in the open labour market, participate in social and leisure activities in the community and, ultimately, attain a desirable quality of living so as to live out a life characterized by holistic good health and body-mind equilibrium.

Services include
new-life-4New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association offers Residential Services covering 2 long stay care homes, 11 halfway houses, 2 hostels for moderately mentally handicapped, 4 self-financed hostels and one sub vented supported hostel in addition to residential respite services and support services.

new-life-3New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association operates four sheltered workshops, including New Life Farm and three industrial type sheltered workshops. Sheltered workshops provide people in recovery of mental illness (PIR) and people with disabilities with a working environment specially designed for vocational training through an income-generating work process facilitating the development of potentials and confidence of PIR to prepare them for open employment and community reintegration.

For a complete list of New Life’s services, please visit their website

What you can do to help
People in recovery of mental illness are frequently faced with frustration, confusion, social-stigma as well as self-stigma while they are en route to recovery. Medication side-effects, difficulties in adapting to work, interpersonal relationship and family are just but a few burdens that are laid heavily on their shoulders. Volunteers are their dear supporters, rendering encouragement and loving care that they need in order to overcome the hurdles and regain a life with vitality and dignity.

Volunteers are also the driving force that helps change the general public’s attitude towards mental health issues. Due to either misconception or unawareness, or the combination of both, people in general are reluctant to face mental health problems head-on, often resulting in delayed intervention and stigma being developed towards people in recovery of mental illness. With their enthusiasm and positive attitude, volunteers counter this negative thinking and help advocate community attention to mental health issues. The effects volunteers bring about would surely help people in recovery of mental illness integrate better into the society and develop their potential to the full.

If you are interested in joining with New Life as volunteers, please download and fill out the Volunteer Application Form and send it back to New Life by mail or fax. (Address: 332 Nam Cheong Street, Kowloon, Fax: 2770 9345). New Life will match volunteer work in accordance with your personal interests and preference, making effective use of your time, skills and experience.

Young adults welcome.

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