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Oxfam HK Face Mask Donation Drive

12 May


Since there remains a shortage in face masks and the price of these is still quite steep, Oxfam HK will continue to collect face masks and distribute them to people in urgent need. Your donations can help vulnerable groups protect themselves against COVID-19!

Organisations OHK is distributing relief to:
* 1 Step Association
* Alliance for Children Development Rights
* Alliance for Social Protection of Low-income Families
* Catering and Hotel Industries Employees General Union
* Catholic Diocese of HK Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers – Hong Kong Island
* Catholic Diocese of HK Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers – Kowloon
* Catholic Diocese of HK Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers – New Territories
* Celebrity Charity Fund Association Ltd.
* Cleaning Worker Union
* Concern for Grassroots’ Livelihood Alliance
* Concerning CSSA and Low Income Alliance
* Concerning Grassroots’ Housing Rights Alliance
* Concerning Home Care Service Alliance
* Food Angel
* H.K.S.K.H. Tseung Kwan O Aged Care Complex
* HK Islamic Youth Association
* Hong Chi Association
* Hong Kong Blind Union
* Hong Kong Islamic Culture and Welfare Society
* Hong Kong Women Workers’ Association
* Islamic Union of HK
* Jubilee Ministries
* Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre
* Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service
* Mission Bridge
* Muslim Council of Hong Kong
* People Service Centre
* Society for Community Organization
* Street Sleepers Action Committee
* Tin Shui Wai Community Development Alliance
* Tung Chung Community Development Alliance
* United Muslim Association of HK
* United Welfare Union

Type of Masks needed: Adult and child size, three-layer filter face masks that come in boxes, bags or are individually packaged

Collection points and time:
Oxfam Hong Kong office: 17/F China United Centre, 28 Marble Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Oxfam Shop: LG 8, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
Monday to Friday, 10:30 am – 6:30 pm / Saturday, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

For enquiries: 3120 5000

About Oxfam HK: Oxfam Hong Kong (OHK) dates back to 1976 when volunteers joined hands to open a shop for second-hand goods in Hong Kong and raise funds for anti-poverty projects around the world. Some of their first initiatives in the 1970s and 80s were to advocate for justice for Vietnamese refugees who fled to Hong Kong during the Vietnam War, and to help save lives in Ethiopia during the 1984 famine.

OHK implemented the first Mainland China programme in Guangdong province in 1987. The Oxfam China Development Fund was subsequently established in 1992. Since then, OHK has been dedicated to fighting poverty and responding to emergencies in the Mainland.

OHK believes in an integrated approach to eradicate poverty. As such, OHK advocates for policy changes to address the root causes of poverty while proactively supporting disaster relief and humanitarian crises. OHK also implements development and education programmes in impoverished areas. Oxfam Hong Kong has partnered with millions of underprivileged people to alleviate poverty in more than 70 countries/states around the world. OHK has100,000 regular donors from the general public. Their donations are the major source of income that sustains OHK’s ability to achieve the ultimate goal of a poverty-free world.

In recent years, OHK’s work has focused on local poverty, advocating for pro-poor policies in Hong Kong. As a result of their efforts, the Hong Kong SAR government established the Commission on Poverty in 2012, and subsequently announced an official poverty line in Hong Kong. Oxfam has also been a strong advocate of a minimum wage law, which was first established in Hong Kong in 2011 after decades of efforts.

The Oxfam Trailwalker, a 100km hiking marathon founded in Hong Kong in the 1980s, continues to be one of their most notable partnership fundraising events. The success of this fundraising event has not only raised awareness of poverty and injustice, but has also attracted ten additional countries to organise their own Oxfam Trailwalker events.

FOCUS is looking for a Social Media Management Volunteer / Video Content Editor and Director

4 Apr

Many NGOs in Hong Kong operate on limited funding and manpower in an effort to maximize resources for programs that support their core mission. Skills-based volunteering helps address this challenge by engaging volunteers to provide specialized skills and services that leverage job-related expertise, such as accounting, design, HR, IT, legal and more.

For NGOs, skills-based volunteering provides access to specialized skill sets and talent they may not otherwise have. The engagement also empowers the volunteer to leverage their professional skills to drive positive social change, expand their network, develop meaningful community relationships and hone their skills.

The FOCUS‘ mission is to improve the education of children who are challenged by Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) by providing accurate evidence-based information and support for parents and professionals in education and healthcare and by promoting public understanding of how learning differences impact youth both emotionally and academically.

FOCUS‘ goal is to help bring academic and life success to children and young adults with AD/HD or SpLD by raising awareness amongst parents and educators of what it means to have a mind that learns differently.

Their mission is to bring accurate, evidence-based information to the parent and professional community and to raise awareness and understanding of the impact of mainstream learning differences such as ADHD and dyslexia on students’ academic and emotional lives.

FOCUS is looking for a Social Media Management Volunteer / Video Content Editor and Director to start immediately
Volunteer Tasks:
The Social Media Management volunteer would be responsible for managing the FOCUS brand image across all media sites, helping to develop and execute a social media plan, preparing and posting content and establishing good social medial practices appropriate for their small nonprofit.

Video Content Editor and Director – FOCUS advisors and monthly volunteer speakers share a wealth of knowledge and practical tips with the FOCUS community. FOCUS would like to further expand their reach and impact by creating video event highlights and interviews to share with the wider community.

The Video Content Editor and Director would help develop consistent FOCUS branding and to edit content from their monthly speaker events for sharing on social media. Ideally, the volunteer would be able to advise on video capture techniques and provide creative direction to develop content valuable to our stakeholders.

Length of service / commitment required: 6 months

Amount of time required per month: 8-10 hours per month

Work may be done remotely / from home with occasional in-office work. FOCUS does not have a fixed office space; meetings with the FOCUS team take place at One Island South and FOCUS monthly events are typically held in Central

Enquiries: For enquiries and to apply please call 9018 3826 or email kirin.cheung@focus.org.hk

Volunteer / Intern with The Nesbitt Centre

28 Feb

In 1993 Mr David Nesbitt secured a grant from the QE Foundation to set up an initial service for English speaking adults with intellectual disabilities. And so The Nesbitt Centre was born.

The Nesbitt Centre’s care philosophy focuses on abilities, not disabilities. The Nesbitt Centre encourages students with a wide range of cognitive abilities to grow by providing opportunities to learn, experience and reach their full potential in life.

To drive its long term goal as an excellent provider of services for people with disabilities, The Nesbitt Centre has set forth its focus to pursue these four strategic directions:

* Develop and support their excellent staff so that they can continue to deliver top quality programmes
* Focus on their unique value proposition of skills-to-training-to-jobs by creating opportunities to develop capabilities and allow their students to realize their full potential in society
* Increase their community impact through expanded partnerships with other NGOs, business, academia and government
* Broaden awareness of TNC and of the role of people with special needs, through active communications and engagement with government, NGOs, media, parents and customers of their social enterprises

Headed by its founder David Nesbitt, the board is formed by a group of local executives who together bring in a wealth of rich knowledge and expertise in various industries and professions. They meet regularly to provide directions to sustain growth and expansion of the organization.

What you can do to help
Volunteer your Time: Volunteers come to The Nesbitt Centre from many different walks of life – those who have lived in Hong Kong for many years with family grown up and time on their hands, school students looking to gain credits such as CAS points, AYP credits and as a part of their Make a Difference Week, Work Experience, Job Shadowing experiences etc. Those returning to Hong Kong for their holidays, and others new to Hong Kong looking for something different and worthwhile to fill their time

There are many ways you can volunteer with The Nesbitt Centre. The Nesbitt Centre can put your time, talents services and products to use to benefit their students whilst having fun in the process. Some may volunteer for a day a week, for a few weeks and there are those who have been volunteering with the Nesbitt Centre for a great number of years!

The Nesbitt Centre’s volunteer program has taken on a much more structured format with new volunteers receiving a handbook / induction pack outlining their organization and what is expected from them as a volunteer. There is also a section for them to record the hours worked with the Nesbitt Centre and the activities they have taken part in. Those joining The Nesbitt Centre from schools also receive feedback from the Nesbitt Centre to their teachers / tutors.

If you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link to complete their online form.

Internship Programme: The Nesbitt Centre offers an internship programme for both local and international students. They currently have students in the fields of Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy and Psychology interning with them.

The Nesbitt Centre involve their interns in a professional mentoring relationship built between an intern (the mentee) and an experienced staff member (the mentor). Whilst the interns may be experienced in some areas of operation, their mentoring program ensures that they have all the tools, resources and support needed to maximize their success not only in their first few weeks but during their ongoing internship. The Nesbitt Centre provides as much opportunity as possible through observation, coaching, guiding and hands-on experience so that their Interns gain an in-depth understanding of The Nesbitt Centre and feel competent in starting their internship with us.

Interns benefit from the program as they quickly expand their skills, knowledge, and experience within the internship period, develop strong communication and leadership skills, align good networks and contacts across the NGO sector, and in general, are better equipped to work in the special needs community.

This program is also aimed at encouraging young people to work in the disability field by giving the opportunity for Interns to have a real life experience and to grow their careers and / or continue their studies in this sector.

If you are interested in interning, please download and complete the form here.

For more information, please email info@nesbittcentre.org.hk