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Hong Kong Society for the Blind

20 Jul


The Hong Kong Society for the Blind (HKSB) was established in 1956.

Over the years, HKSB has developed a wide range of services covering eye care and low vision services, rehabilitation and vocational training, educational support, employment guidance, adaptive technology advisory service, information and communication technology applications to improve information access for the visually impaired, rehabilitation service for persons with multiple disabilities and visual impairment (MDVI), and residential care for the aged blind. To improve the well-being of their service users, HKSB will continue to make the best use of its expertise to join forces with all stakeholders with the aim of building a barrier-free society with equal opportunities for all.

Volunteer for the Hong Kong Society for the Blind
Introduction: As a non-government organization providing comprehensive services for the blind and visually impaired population in Hong Kong, volunteers are essential assets to ensure the smooth running of our services in areas of rehabilitation service, residential service, general eye and low vision service, employment service, educational and community support service, barrier free and support service.

Objectives: Volunteers Development Service aims at maintaining and building up a volunteer pool / database and a referral system that best match new volunteers to appropriate service units. It also aims at launching promotion programmes, recruitment exercises, training and appreciation scheme to motivate volunteers to help in the Society’s services, especially in agency functions.

Volunteers Participation: Other than agency functions, e.g., Flag Day and Walkathon fundraising events, volunteers could help the routine services, outdoor activities and interest class, etc.

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact HKSB by email volunteer@hksb.org.hk or call 3723 8305

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Comfort Care Concern Group

10 Jul

The Comfort Care Concern Group (CCCG) was established in 1987 as a non-profit organisation. Their aims are to promote comfort care to the terminally ill and their families, and well as the bereaved. CCCG is an agency member of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, and receives funding support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and The Community Chest of Hong Kong.

Their Beneficiaries:
* The terminally-ill and their families
* The bereaved

Their Services:
* Individual and family bereavement counselling
* “Walking with Children” bereavement counseling service
* Bereavement group
* Mutual help activities for the bereaved (Sunflower Mutual Help Group)
* Volunteer training and services
* Befriending visit
* Funeral support service
* Bereaved volunteer service
* Community life and death education
* Professional training

Volunteer for the Comfort Care Concern Group. Here’s what you can do
Befriending Visit to Hospital Wards: Comfort Care Concern Group provides volunteer befriending visits to hospital wards. During the visit, their volunteers send regards to patients, arrange small group activities like handicraft making. Sometimes the volunteers do daily shopping for the patients and have tea at Chinese teahouses with patients together with medical staff if needed. They also organise functions during the festivals like Mid-Autumn Festival and Christmas time.

Bereaved Volunteer Service : Bereaved volunteers are a group of people having the experience of losing their loved ones. After either individual or group counselling, they change their roles from being help actively helping others by sharing their experience and feelings. While the bereaved volunteers deeply understand the newly bereaved, they are compassionate peers for the newly bereaved clients. The development of this service is aimed at providing the clients with more tailor-made solutions in handling the situation and reducing their lonely feelings during the bereavement period.

Home Visit Services : Some terminally-ill patients may stay at home for recuperation while other patients may be arranged to reside at the Homes for the Elderly.

To continue the social support and care to patients, CCCG volunteers pay visits to the patients’ homes regularly after their discharge from hospitals. The objective of home visits is to soothe the feelings of anxiety and loneliness of the patients. Volunteers also take care of the living conditions of these home stay patients after their discharge from hospitals such as accompanying the patients for shopping and medical follow up.

Volunteer home visits help bridge the connection between hospitals and society for discharged patients. Home visit services are provided through referral from hospitals or organisations. Priority of home visits is set according to the needs of the patients.

Funeral Support Service : Funeral is a ceremony the bereaved use to memorialize their lost loved ones. However, not many of them know how to handle the funeral procedures. Although publications of these procedures are available from the government and different relevant organisations, volunteers accompanying the bereaved certainly help to soothe the anxiety of the service users by providing on-site emotional support.

As CCCG is aware of the need of funeral support services, we offer training to a team of Funeral Support Volunteers to help the bereaved. They are well equipped with techniques on bereavement caring and knowledge on funeral procedures. To ensure comprehensive funeral support, their work is closely supervised and followed up by our social workers.

If you are interested in volunteering for one or more of the above volunteer services, please follow this link and send them a message, or call CCCG at 2361 6606.

*All volunteers are required to complete relevant training courses and to pass entrance interviews before joining CCCG volunteer teams.

“Go Green! Ma Wan!” family friendly beach cleanup and beach art workshop

5 Jul


Eco Marine is hosting a family-friendly beach cleanup and beach art workshop on Sunday 22 July 2018 at Park Island as part of the “Go Green! Ma Wan!” campaign organized by Cafe Roma. Cafe Roma will be generously supporting the event by offering complimentary drinks (with no straws!) and a special offer for the Green Menu at their restaurant after the cleanup event.

The “Go Green! Ma Wan!” campaign will launch permanent green initiatives at Cafe Roma, including banning of plastic straws and stirrers starting 1 July 2018. Customers are invited to be a part of the “Go Green! Ma Wan!” campaign by completing Green Missions to accumulate stamps for eco-gifts redemption. Customers may also indulge in Cafe Roma’s signature vegetarian dishes from their permanent ‘Green Menu’ in front of the stunning view of Tsing Ma Bridge.

In addition to the main beach which is kept in pristine condition by government cleaners, Ma Wan has numerous small beaches and rocky shorelines that are not regularly cleaned by government cleaners. Located between Tsing Yi, the New Territories and Lantau and surrounded by some major waterways, it is no surprise that all sorts of manmade rubbish wash ashore Ma Wan’s small beaches. Manmade rubbish found on these beaches range from macro debris such as polystyrene containers, single use plastic cups, and bottles to micro debris like plastic filament, broken down polystyrene and the ever present and extremely harmful pre-production plastic pellets. Your helping hand would be much appreciated!

As part of the cleanup, Eco Marine’s artist in residence Salome Tam will be hosting a Nature/UnnaturePile art workshop, which will be suitable for the whole family. Naturepiles are temporary installations made in situ from found natural materials that speak of the beauty of our surroundings, our relationship with nature and the passage of time. They serve as markings of special memories when out exploring and adventuring.

The nature/unnaturepile series was created to highlight the impact we have on the environment, especially through single use plastic in our lives. For this series, a naturepile is made alongside an unnaturepile of found ocean plastic waste. After documenting the two together in one location, the unnaturepile is removed with other collected plastic waste items from the clean up at that specific site.

Eco Marine hosts Keilem and Salome (Tel/Whatsapp 63920336) will meet you at the Park Island Pier at 10:00 am and walk together around 15 to 20 min to the beach cleanup site (easy walk).

You will work on beach cleanup from arrival at around 10:20am to 11:30am (including some breaks). Eco Marine will provide a beach cleanup and safety briefing and distribute gloves and rubbish bags. If you have your own gloves and or other equipment, please feel free to bring these. Some useful tools are tongs and gardening shears. Gather up as much man made rubbish and debris as you can in the available time.

At 11:30 am, Eco Marine’s artist in residence Salome will lead an interactive art workshop using found materials. Participants will make nature/unnaturepiles and document these to be a part to the Eco Marine nature/unnaturepile art series. Adults as well as family groups are welcome to join. Those that do not wish to take part can continue the general cleanup.

At 12:30 pm, the group will pack up and walk together to Cafe Roma (15 to 20 min) where complimentary drinks (without straws!) and special offer for Green Menu generously sponsored by Cafe Roma will be served. Prizes will be awarded for ‘most interesting rubbish item found’ and best ‘nature/unnaturepile’.

The event will officially end at 2pm. Participants can choose to take one of the ferries or buses to depart.

Date: Sunday 22 July 2018

Time: 10am – 2pm

Place: Park Island Pier, Ma Wan

Registration: To sign up please follow this link to the Facebook page

For more information about the event, direction on how to get to Ma Wan, please visit their website

About Eco Marine: Eco Marine envisions a society where nature and modern urban life thrive. Their mission is to inspire greater appreciation and guardianship of nature and to catalyze action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.

Your everyday choices and efforts matter.

Herb Growing Workshop

30 Jun

Herb-growing not only brightens a place but our life. Herbs have wide culinary and remedy functions, and it has a key role to play in creating an easy-to-maintain edible landscape for city greening. In this workshop, participants will learn the basic knowledge and technique for growing annual and perennial herbs. The course includes a practical session to enrich the learning experience. The course will be conducted in Cantonese.

CONTENT
* Introduction to herbs that are adaptable to local climate
* Basic skills for herb growing and propagation.
* General use of herbs
* Culinary application of herbs

Group Size: Adult (Maximum of 25 participants)

Date: Sunday, 29 July 2018

Time: 10am – 4:30pm

Place: Green Hub – 11 Wan Tau Kok Lane, Tai Po

Language: Cantonese

Price: $400/person (The fee includes a low carbon vegetarian meal, two pots of herb seedling)

Please refer to Chinese Version (Application Deadline: 21 July 2018)

For further information please call 2996 2838 or email: ghprog@kfbg.org

About Green Hub : The aim of the Green Hub is to transform the Old Tai Po Police Station into an influential landmark for Hong Kong and the region to promote sustainable living and integrated conservation by:
* adopting an integrated approach to conserve the historic and architectural values, the heritage trees, and the egretry of ecological importance;
* serving as a centre for developing, teaching and promoting simple, affordable and meaningful initiatives for ecologically-responsible and low-carbon living; and
* promoting a range of training and educational programmes to help people understand and tackle the most pressing ecological and social concerns of modern life.

The Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day

22 Jun


Volunteers at the Green Hub, enrich and enhance the life of Green Hub and play a vital role in supporting a wide range of sustainable living educational programmes and conservation work. Volunteers are a valued and integral part of Green Hub. Green Hub’s volunteers donate a range of talents and skills to promote sustainable living and assist their daily operation. Green Hub hopes that they can both enjoy and learn from their volunteer experience at Green Hub.

THE GREEN HUB VOLUNTEER INDUCTION DAY
The goal of the Induction Day is to provide an orientation for people who want to be a volunteer of the Green Hub. The Induction Day comprises an introduction about the Old Tai Po Police Station heritage revitalization project and its programmes and a guided walk of the Green Hub facilities. Participants will also have the opportunities to undertake sustainable living exercises to increase their own well-being and that of the community from a holistic perspective.

VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITIES
* Education programmes and activities
* Low carbon catering
* Co-op Market
* Gardening
* Visitor Centre

REQUIREMENT
* Hong Kong citizen aged at least 16 and under 65
* Appreciate sustainable lifestyle
* Interested in nature and heritage conservation
* Good presentation and communication skills
* Able to speak fluent Cantonese, basic English and Mandarin

Ability to attend Green Hub’s Volunteer Induction Day are preferred.

Date: Saturday, 30 June 2018

Time: 2:00 – 4:30pm

Place: Green Hub, 11 Wan Tau Kok Lane, Tai Po, Hong Kong

How to Apply: Please click here for online registration.

When filling in your application, please indicate “Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day” in the “Volunteer Job Requested”.

For further questions or information please email ghprog@kfbg.org

About Green Hub : The aim of the Green Hub is to transform the Old Tai Po Police Station into an influential landmark for Hong Kong and the region to promote sustainable living and integrated conservation by:
* adopting an integrated approach to conserve the historic and architectural values, the heritage trees, and the egretry of ecological importance;
* serving as a centre for developing, teaching and promoting simple, affordable and meaningful initiatives for ecologically-responsible and low-carbon living; and
* promoting a range of training and educational programmes to help people understand and tackle the most pressing ecological and social concerns of modern life.

Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Service

20 Jun

Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Service (HKSEDS) was established on January 11, 2012 as a registered non-profit organization in Hong Kong. Their main focus is breeding and training Seeing Eye Dogs in Hong Kong and provide the well-trained Seeing Eye Dogs to suitable visually impaired people for free. HKSEDS provides match training and follow up services to support visually impaired people. They also promote Seeing Eye Dog protection and prevent abandonment and mistreatment of the dogs after a match.

To localize and sustain Seeing Eye Dog Services in Hong Kong for visually impaired people, HKSEDS focuses on training local trainers to make this profession root in Hong Kong.

Through their services, they hope to enhance the atmosphere of social caring, and to nurture the concept of animal protection. Additionally, HKSEDS would like to empower Hong Kong people to pay more attention to socially vulnerable groups and understand the needs of the physically or mentally impaired communities.

What you can do to help: Volunteers play a vital role in a charity organization. If you agree with HKSEDS’ vision, join HKSEDS as a Puppy Walker. Puppy Walkers are volunteer families who commit to look after the Seeing Eye Dog puppy, aged from 2 months to around 1 year old, at their home. During this period of time, the puppy will acquire the basic training and socialization skill at the puppy walker’s home where it begins to experience care, love and the family life with human beings.

For information please follow this link and download the information sheet at the bottom of the page.

For more information please Email(services@seeingeyedog.org.hk) or Facebook (Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services).

Her Tie・Journey ・她 “Trapped” @ SSP Exhibition

15 Jun

Exhibition of Handmade products by underprivileged women and photos of the inadequate housing
Co-organizers: Society for Community Organization, Les Beatitudes

Hong Kong has 1.35 million people living in poverty and over 728,400 are women (54%). Many women are in a disadvantaged position, as they have to take care of their family and cannot work full time. In order to support women in need, SoCO has partnered with Les Beatitudes to provide training to over a hundred mothers on hand made bags and leather goods. They encourage men to support by donating their neckties as material to re-use and recycle, a ”HeForShe” project. Through the handmade arts and crafts, the story of the city is retold through interesting and uniquely Hong Kong heritage and transportation all via collage designs.

Tie.Journey.她’ is a special exhibition created by grassroots sewing mothers and local artists which depict Hong Kong local specialties. It also demonstrates how men and women can bond together and support each other on their life journey by simply sharing a necktie.

Date: 12/5/2018 to 1/7/2018

Time: 11:00 – 18:00 (Sat /Sun), Others by appointment

Place: 1/F, 269 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po (close to Sham Shui Po railway station Exit C2)

Price: Free admission

For more information about the exhibition and related events, please visit their website

About Society for Community Organization: Society for Community Organization (SoCO) is a human rights pioneer in Hong Kong. SoCO firmly believes that everyone should be entitled to equal rights. Equal opportunity for participation and fair distribution of social resources is the foundation of human rights. In the face of the widening disparity between the rich and the poor, and the increasingly restrictive political arena, we stand firm in our crusade to establish an equal society and to build a strong power base for the people. We are motivated by a common dream, and that is: “Let us work hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder to build a caring, equal and just society“.