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Music Children Foundation

1 Dec

Formed by a group of professional musicians graduated from Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and others overseas Music Academies, the Music Children Foundation strives for providing free training on music instruments to those children aged below 12 and who do not get the chance to learn music due to their impoverishment. The programmes provide courses on Music Theory and Music Instruments so as to allow these children not only to try play with music instruments but also discover the potential talented children to further train them to perform skillfully in an ensemble group. In addition to music training, some of these beneficiaries under the programs will be invited to participate in an ensemble group or choir, rehearsing and performing publicly. Besides, they will also be invited to attend concerts, workshops and parent-child integration music camp, together with their parents or/and grandparents.

Vision:
To introduce music to underprivileged children at an early age and to cultivate their core values towards building a harmonious society.

Mission:

Music Children Foundation

* To provide an early music education for underprivileged children in Hong Kong, making it an enjoyable experience that builds the children’s confidence, strengthens their character, and enables them to express themselves through music.
* To provide a comprehensive music education program through the teaching of music instruments, music appreciation, and attendance of music and other arts performances, such activities are all conducted under the supervision of professionally-trained musicians.
* To provide an opportunity for children to develop their talents in music alongside their academic studies.
* To engage family members in music-related activities as participants or volunteers to enhance parent-child relationship.
* To faster a life-long interest in the arts through the learning of music.

What you can do to help:
Be an instrument tutor

Music Children Foundation

Music Changes Children; Children Create Music”. It takes professional tutors’ support to achieve the Music Children Foundation’s missions. Music Children Foundation wishes you can join them too! For more information as to what kind of music tutors they are looking follow, please follow this link.

Volunteer
The Music Children Foundation needs volunteers who share the same mission and have the same passion to work hand in hand with them. They need people who can help with music, photography/video, administration, IT, etc. If you would like more information, please follow this link and fill out the form provided.

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The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention

21 Nov

The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong (SRACP), formerly known as The Hong Kong Discharged Prisoners’ Aid Society, is a government recognised charitable organisation established in 1957. Because of limited financial resources at early stage, most of the staff at that time was voluntary part-time workers. With the dedication and perseverance, the work of the Society gradually came to be recognised and valued by the public. In 1959 the Society received its first government subvention and since then yearly subvention has been granted to sustain the rehabilitation service for offenders and discharged prisoners. The Society was incorporated as a non-profit making limited company under the Companies Ordinance on 23 September 1966.

Through service units, SRACP provides quality rehabilitation and multifarious service for Hong Kong residents who are charged with criminal offence, have been convicted of crimes, or released from prisons; as well as to provide community education, mental health service and crime prevention programmes for the general public of Hong Kong. Our services include individual and family counselling, hostels, recreation, court social work, vocational training and employment, mental health service, community education and volunteer programmes, etc.

The Society is a member of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, the International Prisoners Aid Association and the Community Chest of Hong Kong.

These are examples of some of the things they do:
Home Circuit Service Centre
The Social workers of Home Circuit Service Centre are granted approval to communicate with a prisoner’s family by the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department, providing services including 24-hour hotline, family counseling, and family support groups for the incarcerated or discharged persons and their family. The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention also encourage family members of offenders and ex-offenders to become volunteers; through providing volunteer service and supporting other families with similar background, they learn to give back to the community.

Blue Bus Sharing of LOVE
*To render emotional and social support to children and youth of incarcerated/ *offended parents
*To build up resilience of children and youth from negative impacts of parental imprisonment
*To counteract the negative cycles of criminal influence in these families
*To resolve children and youth’s adjustment difficulties during the imprisonment of their significant family members
*To strengthen the constant and regular inmate-family connection in order to enhance positive family relationship

Home Network‧Love Linking
Home Network‧Love Linking’ is sponsored by the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund. This project compiles the collaboration between Family, School, Commercial and Community. The project aims at connecting the families of prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as facilitating these families to partner with external parties in the “Companion Scheme”. They will be gradually transformed from service recipient to social capital in the process of rendering service to other underprivileged groups with commercial and community group. The rehabilitated families will also share their stories through community network to alert teenagers about the consequences on family of committing crime and to let parents know how to identify the deviant behaviors of their children, so earlier prevention can be done. Moreover, the family members will share their stories through micro-firm and radio. This is to raise the public noises and discussion on their stories so as to increase social acceptance towards these families.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: Project Oasis
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: Project Oasis, funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust since 2005, is an integrated and collaborative project by the Society and Substance Abuse Assessment Unit (SAAU) of Kwai Chung Hospital. The Project is characterized by joint effort between medical professionals and social workers, aiming at providing substance abusers with short term hospitalized detoxification treatment and comprehensive community based rehabilitative services.

In order to further consolidate the efficacy of treatment, aftercare hostel – Bradbury Oasis Hostel with license under the Drug Dependent Persons Treatment and Rehabilitation Centres (Licensing) Ordinance, provides 16 male placements. Past rehabilitated service users act as peer counsellors to help substance abusers strive for detoxification and abstinence. Those who have rehabilitated well in Bradbury Oasis Hostel but still have residential needs, can apply for short term supportive placement in Chi Lik Oasis Hostel, so as to facilitate their return to independent living in the community.

To find out more about what the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention do, please follow this link

Volunteer:
Through volunteering with the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, the general public, ex-offenders and ex-mentally ill persons are engaged in driving crime prevention education and offender rehabilitation activities in the community. The general public will have the opportunity to know the offenders and ex-mentally ill persons better, encouraging public acceptance. At the same time, ex-offenders and ex-mentally ill persons can rebuild their confidence, which is essential for their reintegration to society.

1. Volunteer Training
The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention offer specialized social service mainly serving offenders, ex-offenders and ex-mentally ill persons. Therefore, every individual have to attend a basic volunteer training before they join our volunteer team to learn the basic communication skills with our service users and the important things to note when serving them.

2. Volunteer Services
Community Volunteer Team
Formed by people from the community, community volunteer team organises festive mass programmes and group works in correctional institutions to increase the linkages of inmates with the outside world; they assist social workers in carrying out services in Magistrates’ Courts to help relieve the stress of persons awaiting trial and their families. Volunteers also provide prison visitation services and organise birthday parties to help ex-offenders connect with their children, and organise crime prevention education programmes to avoid intergenerational crime. Other volunteer activities include organising activities for ex-mentally ill persons to prepare them for their return to society, and providing justice education programmes to help young people develop good citizenship. Lastly, the community volunteer team is also actively involved in Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention’s agency events such as fundraising activities.

Ex-offender Volunteer Team
To aid their reintegration into society, Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention encourages their service users including ex-offenders, ex-mentally ill persons and ex-drug abusers to actively participate in volunteer service, such as hair cutting and wheelchair repairing volunteering activities. These activities can also transform their service users into givers and help them understand giving is more blessed than receiving.

Social Inclusion Volunteer Team
The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention encourage service users to work with community volunteers in providing services for other disadvantaged groups, such as people with intellectual disabilities, the elderly and physically handicapped children. On one hand, this allows community volunteers to have more understanding towards ex-offenders through interaction; on the other hand, it helps widen positive social circle of ex-offenders.

3. Volunteer social activities
In addition to coordinating volunteers to provide services, the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention also organises regular exchange and recreational activities to enhance their interests in the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention service and their sense of belonging to the team.

Those who are interested in becoming a SRACP volunteer may apply directly to the Agency. (For enquiries, please call 2782-3080). For more information about volunteer requirements, please visit their website by following this link

Impact HK

17 Oct

ImpactHK started with the aim of doing one kind act per month for the homeless in Hong Kong.

Many volunteers joined as they wanted an opportunity to support the needy in a meaningful and measurable way.

As their movement grew, so did an opportunity for them to make bigger impact. Examples of their programmes include…


Kindness Walks: Kindness Walks are focused on providing kindness and support for the homeless and needy throughout Hong Kong.

ImpactHK builds trust and friendship with the homeless in hopes of creating opportunities for change.

Along the way they support others in need such as the elderly, cleaners and poor.

ImpactHK provides food, drinks, toiletries, clothing, free laundry and more.

ImpactHK is also hosting private Kindness Walks for companies and organisations. Send ImpactHK an email at IMPACTHK@icloud.com if you’d like more information.

Free Laundry: After serving the homeless in Hong Kong with food and clothing roughly 100 times in the last year, it became clear that the clothing donation system wasn’t working.

ImpactHK would hand out clothing and see it in the rubbish the next day.

If the recipient really liked the clothing item, he’d wear it for a good while and then eventually just have to throw it out as well. Washing clothes is way too big of a job when you’re living on the streets.

This is when ImpactHK came up with their free laundry initiative.

The concept is simple. ImpactHK finds laundry shops in areas near homeless communities. ImpactHK gives the laundry shops a large deposit and create free laundry cards with the map, restrictions and expiry date on them. ImpactHK passes the cards out to the homeless and explain to them how it works.

They take their laundry with the voucher to the shop and get it washed for free. The laundry shop totals the amount and ImpactHK pays at the end of the month.

Housing: ImpactHK will soon start a housing programme providing a free accommodation for homeless individuals willing and able to participate in our programmes.

Job Creation: ImpactHK will be rolling out a number of job creation initiatives. All jobs will be supported with multiple connections including a home and friendship.

What you can do to help: If you are interesting in LEADING a Kindness WALK or have any questions please let them know at IMPACTHK@icloud.com

Volunteer as a Guest Teacher with i-Future

2 Oct

i-Future Teens International Foundation Limited was founded in 2016 by prominent Hong Kong entrepreneur cum philanthropists, Ms. Kelly Li, Mr. Kelvin Wu, Ms. Alexandra Qian and Ms. Polly Chan. They were inspired by both IMC Weekend School, a Dutch-based United Nation winning motivation-directed children education charity program.

Their Vision
To provide developmental opportunities and exposures to children and youth from under-resourced neighborhoods in Hong Kong to inspire them to identify their own talents and dreams, and become self-confident, motivated, responsible, creative and happy global citizens.

Their Objectives
* To help children and youth broaden their perspectives
* To enhance children and youth’s self-confidence and motivations in learning including their interest in learning English
* To help children and youth actualize their individuals’ potentials
* To help children and youth establish a better sense of connectedness to the global community

Volunteer as a Guest Teacher
Students at i-Future Weekend School are taught by professionals, who apart from having the knowledge and skills, are passionate about their jobs.

The roles of i-Future guest teachers include:
* Inspiring and motivating their students to consider if they may want to pursue the professions that they are in.
* Preparing short presentations which usually include their personal growth stories, challenges they have encountered and a brief introduction of the job possibilities in their own fields.
* Leading a 30 minutes game/exercise to inspire their students to think about possible skill sets that may be required in their profession.

Guest teachers that i-Future is looking for (including but not limited to):
* Environmental Protection Specialist
* Journalist
* Astronomer
* Aviation Professionals
* Historian
* Scientist
* Psychologist
* Athlete
* Health Professionals
* Lawyer
* Artist
* Businessman
* Chef
* Magician
* Designer

If you are interested in becoming an i-Future volunteer teacher, please sign up/ login now. For more information on the lesson topics, please refer to their schedule.

Lamma Fun Day 2017 – Volunteers needed

22 Sep

Gaz Jones Photographer


This exciting family fun day with great live music on the Tai Wan To Beach will take place between 11 am & 10 pm on Saturday 4th November 2017.

Please contact CWS by email at info@cwshk.org if you are interested in any of the following:
· Join the event committee
· Volunteer on the day
· Rent a stall
· Sponsor the event – in cash or in-kind
· Feature the event
· Register a Volleyball Team

Lamma Fun Day was established by Andrew Doig to raise money for Child Welfare Scheme (CWS). It is a free outdoor music festival and is the longest running music event in Hong Kong. The event is great fun for music lovers and families, with food and market stalls, a licensed bar, arts & crafts and kids’ activities, as well as live music on the beach from 12 noon through to 10pm.

The organizing committee, Bands and musicians all donate their time for free, so the majority of money raised on the day is through sales at the licensed bar, which offers reasonably priced draft beer, house wines and soft drinks. There are also food stalls, donations and a charity auction that runs through the afternoon.

All proceeds go to CWS to support programmes to improve the Government education system in Nepal. The goal is to improve teaching quality, educational resources and infrastructure such as libraries, toilets, clean water, safe classrooms, computers etc. By making school safer, more fun and interesting children will stay in school longer, therefore protected from trafficking and exploitation.

CWS is grateful to the Lamma community, the musicians and volunteers who give up their time and the many sponsors who together make it such a wonderful community event. Their continued support is extremely valuable, especially when the global community has moved its focus on other deserving causes that are also in great need of assistance.

Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017

Time: 11am – 11pm

Place: Lamma Power Station Beach

About Child Welfare Scheme (CWS): CWS HK is a HK registered charity which was set up in 2003, initially to raise funds to support their partners in Nepal. CWS projects in Nepal are monitored by their dedicated team who work with local, grassroots NGOs to provide education, health care and social opportunities to children and their communities.

The Hub Hong Kong Children and Youth Centre

28 Aug

The HUB is a children’s support concept which provides food, educational, social health and wellbeing services to those who need it most without discrimination.

In early 2011 the first HUB was established in Bangkok, Thailand in partnership with Childline Thailand with the support of the Royal Family.

Hong Kong based Australians David Boehm and Bruce Stinson decided they wanted to give something back to Hong Kong after 30+ years of working and living here, and asked Bill for his support and advice.


The outcome was a commitment to help the children in disadvantaged circumstances especially concerning economic and social opportunities. They believe that the youth are the key for Hong Kong to continue to be a leading, growing community. They saw that not all children had the same opportunity so they decided to form a Foundation to give children the opportunity to find a better environment to develop into contributing members of the community.

What you can do to help:
The Hub welcomes volunteers to help with homework guidance, household visits, outdoor activities, assisting with activities and much more. Whether you want to work with children & families, teenagers, women, or new arrivals, there is something for everyone. If you are interested, please let the Hub know by filling out the form in the attached link.

Volunteer for ReSource The Counselling Centre

18 Aug

ReSource The Counselling Centre was established over 40 years ago as a registered charitable organisation offering multi-lingual professional counselling service for people residing in Hong Kong. The organisation has grown considerably since then. At the present they have more than ten counsellors. All their counsellors are trained to a high standard and experienced. They see clients for many reasons. For example, relationship difficulties, parenting issues, anxiety, stress, depression and bereavement.

ReSource is a multicultural organisation and at present can offer counselling in at least seven languages – English, Cantonese, Putonghua, Russian, Hindi, Marathi and Marwadi. Their statistics show that they see approximately 55% Chinese speaking clients, the remaining 45% of our clients are counselled in English or other languages.

As an Organisational Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy ReSource is bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure therein.

What you can do to help:
Part-Time English Speaking Counsellor / Part-Time Bilingual Counsellor

Mature persons needed to provide counselling services, including child/ family/ personal/ marital relationship counselling. Must be fluent in English and have a minimun of 2 years counselling experience. Only a holder of a Master’s degree or higher in either counselling, social work or clincal psychology need apply.
Would be required to work flexible hours including some evenings and/ or Saturday.

Interested please email: wingo.resource@counselling.org.hk