Tag Archives: volunteering

Sham Wan Underwater Survey/Cleanup 18 May

12 May


Sham Wan, Lamma Island is one of the few remaining nesting sites for Green Sea Turtles in Southern China and the only site in Hong Kong. The site is very important to the survival of this highly endangered species, hence it has been designated as a Restricted Area from June and October every year to minimize disturbance of this nesting site.

AquaMeridian is looking for experienced divers to join them for an underwater survey and possibly ghost net clean up in the area before it closes to the public.

Date: Saturday, 18 May 2019

Time: 10am-5pm

Place: Sham Wan, Lamma Island

Volunteers needed: Max. 12 divers – AquaMeridian will give priority to experienced divers who have DM license, conducted ghost net cleanups and/or underwater survey locally, photography/ videography etc. before.

Cost: The boat will be sponsored, but volunteers will need to bring their own gear and/or pay for the tank rental:
$340 – full gear + weight belt + tank
$120 – tank & weight belt only
$80 – tank only

Note : There are NO toilets/changing rooms on the boat. Please bring water, some snacks etc.

For more information, please contact Pandie (whatsapp +852 9525 9475)

About AquaMeridian: AquaMeridian Conservation and Education Foundation (AquaMeridian) is a registered Hong Kong-based non-profit organisation founded by celebrity and avid conservationist, Sharon Kwok in 2013. Sharon has worked in Hong Kong’s public broadcasting and cinematic field since 1987, and she is also a fine art major and makes use of this throughout the global Chinese Diaspora for advocacy.

AquaMeridian aims to educate and engage the public – particularly in Hong Kong – about conservation and sustainability issues through creative and cross-cultural programs.

Hong Kong, the “Fragrant Harbour”, is a city built on its relationship with the sea. Growing from a small fishing island to one of the busiest trading ports in the world, it has long been dependent on our local natural riches. But as our population and demand for resources grew, we neglected our roles as caretakers of the planet, with overfishing, ocean acidification, and pollution happening in our own waters.

Furthermore, Hong Kong acts as a hub for a thriving wildlife trade, with ivory and shark fin being bought and sold openly and legally. With Hong Kong long having been a multicultural bridge between the East and the West, as well as the gateway to China, increasing awareness of environmental issues within the city can have a far-reaching impact in the rest of Asia.

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New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

7 May


New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association is a non-governmental organization which aims at providing quality community-based recovery-orientated services for people in recovery of mental illness, so as to help them develop their full potentials, attain a desirable quality of life and integrate into the society.

Their core services include residential services, vocational rehabilitation, community support, family support, self-help work, clinical psychological services, etc.

Volunteer
People in the 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 attitudes, volunteers counter these 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 as volunteers, please download and fill out the “Volunteer Application Formhere and send it back to the New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association by mail or fax. (Address: 332 Nam Cheong Street, Kowloon, Fax: 2770 9345). They will match volunteer work in accordance with your personal interests and preference so that you can invest your time, skills and experience to the community.

For enquiries, please contact:
Public Education Team
Tel: 2332 4343
Fax: 2770 9345
Email: ho@nlpra.org.hk

Employ PIRs
Though being stricken with mental disorders that confined them to the margin of the society, people in recovery of mental illness are devoted and loyal workers who are eager to contribute to the society with their talents and skills, and through the employment to earn what they need to live independently and with dignity in the community. Are you willing to trust them and give them a chance?

If you are a visionary employer who wants to accommodate the disabled, the New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association will be there for you to provide job matching services, so that you would be able to find the suitable candidates to fit in the designated positions. Their service users come from different backgrounds, including people in recovery of mental illness, the mentally handicapped, people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the physically challenged, and the CSSA (Comprehensive Social Security Assistance) recipients who are unemployed and single parents. They have different levels of education, work experiences, abilities, and skills. The New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association will arrange for the trainees to conduct job interviews according to the job requirements and their respective skill-mix. Moreover, their caseworkers and placement officers will provide support and follow-up services for a duration of 3-6 months for the employers and employed trainees after they have been employed, so as to make sure that assistance is at hand when it is needed.

For employers who are interested in employing trainees, please contact Case Manager of Supported Employment Service at 2320 3103 or via email ses@nlpra.org.hk.

Countryside Clean-Up w/ Waste Free HK – Maclehose Trail 1-2

25 Apr


Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp). It started as an organised activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running.

Over the course of the coming months (weather permitting) Waste Free HK is going to be hiking along the entire MacLehose trail from Sai Kung to Tuen Mun. Their aim is to leave the entire trail as clean as possible and getting fit along the way!

Many people are well aware of the danger of plastic pollution in our country parks and in the oceans, however, those of us who unfortunately continue to dispose of rubbish poorly, as well as due to strong winds, Hong Kong’s country parks are riddled with rubbish.

Items left lying around do not naturally decompose, either. Many of these items will remain on this planet for hundreds of years if not forever.

You could accidentally lose a plastic bottle in 2019 and, if untouched, still be able to go back and collect it from the same spot hundreds of years later.

Join Waste Free HK as ‘Green Ambassadors‘ you can make a difference not just to the state of the country parks, but also help those out there who may not be aware of the dangers of pollution to better understand the importance of the R’s of environmentalism: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose, Repair and of course… Refuse!

Dates:
Maclehose Trail Section 5 – May 5th – 10:00 – 13:00 **

Maclehose Trail Section 8 – May 13th – 09:00 – 15:00 ** (Hike followed by a BBQ)

Maclehose Trail Section 1/2 – May 19th – 09:00 – 17:00 **

Maclehose Trail Section 10 – June 1st – 09:00 – 14:00 *

Maclehose Trail Section 6/7 – September 22nd – 10:00 – 14:00 **

Maclehose Trail Section 4 – October 6th – 10:00 – 15:00 ***

Maclehose Trail Section 9 – October 27th – 09:00 – 14:00 *

Maclehose Trail Section 3 – November 24th – 10:00 – 14:00 ***

* – Easy
** – Medium difficulty
*** – Difficult

These hikes are considered some of Hong Kong’s most beautiful routes, with green landscapes for kilometres and views of the metropolis below. Aside from just hiking and picking up rubbish, you will also have a lot of fun and surely make new friends!

For those attending these events, there is a $20 charge to help support future events.

# If you prefer to pay in cash, please RSVP through the Facebook page and Waste Free HK can collect your contribution at the hike. Waste Free HK hopes that with your support they can continue to grow as an organisation and work towards bigger, more exciting projects!

See you at the Maclehose!

# The BBQ will have food provided for a fee. We will provide all cutlery for anyone who wishes to join the BBQ, as well as food and drinks. IF you wish to bring your own food, just a reminder that Waste Free HK is a meat-free organisation and hope to promote a vegan lifestyle for our health, the animals and the planet!

Price: $20

About Waste Free HK: Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Vessel

21 Apr

You have probably never heard of Vessel. But under the Kwun Tong Bypass, by the Kwun Tong Promenade sits 90,000sq ft of event space.

This is a creative hub, designed to engage both the older and younger generations, promote individual discovery and social inclusion from local neighborhoods to cross-sector communities. The project VESSEL is run by HKALPS Limited, which is a registered charitable organisation under Section 88 of Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112).

Vessel collaborates on projects projects with local artists and arts groups as well as like-minded organisations, through which they promote arts and culture, nurture talents, uphold values, and cultivate community sharing.

Vessel organizes/hosts:
・contemporary arts/cultural activities
・community services and social projects
・urban farming
All programmes and events are run in a self-sustaining model.

What you can do to help: Vessel needs your help to cultivate creative processes by means of arts, culture, green living and community engagement, starting from Kwun Tong, and hoping to make our City more livable, productive and innovative. They are looking for volunteers to help with
* Administrative clerical work
* Event organizing
* Farming
* Host guided tours
* Photography & recording

If you are interested, please follow this link and complete the online form.

For more information please call 3618 4468 or email info@hkalps.org

May 4th Mother’s Day Plog and Cleanup

13 Apr


Let’s kick off the summer with a plog! And what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day (a week in advance because we’re that eager) than by giving back to Mother nature herself. And with the date so strategically selected, why not have The Force push us thru this plog?

Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup, Encompass and HKPloggers are joining forces to host a coastal trail cleanup from Mui Wo ferry pier in South Lantau from 2:00pm to around 6:00pm. The route passes along many small beaches and areas clogged with polystyrene from the great typhoons of 2017 and 2018 which cause a threat to coastal wildlife as well as the beloved local buffalo and cow herds.

Ploggers will jog/hike as a group or in a few groups for around 3.5km on fairly flat trail of easy to intermediate difficulty terrain with around 100m elevation gain whilst checking out the beautiful scenery and rubbish black spots. The group will then turn around and cleanup some of these rubbish back spots. The total distance of the plog will be around 7km with around 200m elevation gain. Do not fret, The Force welcomes all skill levels of hikers into the team – the more, the merrier!

Meeting Time and Date: 2:00pm, Saturday 4th May 2019

Meeting Place: Mui Wo ferry pier https://goo.gl/maps/kXtDCGtEUWn

Transport: Ferry from Central or 3M bus from Tung Chung

What to Wear: Hiking/Sports clothes and shoes. Long tights/trousers since we may be in plant undergrowth. Closed toed shoes only. Sun hat and other sun protection like umbrella and sunscreen.

What to Bring: A reusable container with at least 1 L of water and some snacks if you are the hungry type. Single use plastic water and drink bottles like Bonaqua, Coke etc are prohibited. Try to minimize other single use food wrapping/packaging as well. Also bring sunscreen, mosquito spray and possibly a change of clothes. Eco Marine will provide gloves and rubbish bags. Feel free to bring your own gloves and tongs.

Signup: click GOING by following this link to their Facebook if you will join.

Disclaimer: By joining this event, all participants are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this disclaimer, and agreed to exonerate the event leaders, the organizers and any other participants in the event from any liabilities, claims, including but not limited to liabilities and claims as a result of any injuries or deaths or damages arising thereof. Volunteers joining the event are at their own choosing and at their own risk.

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.

Beach Clean & Dolphin Watch 20 Apr

9 Apr


Celebrate Earth Day! Head out to the Soko Islands to clean a beach and try spotting dolphins or endangered finless porpoises along the way.

These environmental NGOs will discuss ideas for going plastic-free and creating a circular economy with you, so plenty to learn, stop plastic from entering our oceans, is there a better way to celebrate Earth Day?

Date: Saturday, 20 April 2019

Time: 9:30am – 5pm

Place: Tung Chung MTR Exit C (meet at 9:30am)

Price: $850 adults / $650 children (5-18 years)

Email dana@plasticfreeseas.org for more details!

About Ark Eden: Ark Eden presents Lantau Island as a living, world-class natural environmental wonder within China and Asia and suggests how its natural assets can be used to benefit education, local communities, Hong Kong residents and overseas visitors — all of us.

Ark Eden aims to preserve the island’s ecological, geographical, historical and cultural heritage by following a sustainable lifestyle and by providing inspiring educational and eco-tourism opportunities for children, adults, residents and tourists.

They do this through a series of integrated workshops, field trips and camps designed to lead every participant towards a better understanding of the environment and what everyone’s role is in conservation, preservation and sustainability.

About Plastic Free Seas: Plastic Free Seas is a Hong Kong based non-profit organisation dedicated to advocating change in the way we all view and use plastics in society today, through education and action campaigns.

English Speaking Guides & Brownies needs Volunteers

5 Apr


The English Speaking Bauhinia Division of the Hong Kong Girl Guide Association (HKGGA) provides a Guiding experience to all girls in HK ages 7-15 whose medium of language is English. The Bauhinia Division follows the HKGGA programme, shares activities with HKGGA and is supported by HKGGA. Their 60 strong volunteer adult leader body and their girls come from all corners of the world.

The English Speaking Girl Guides and Brownies of Hong Kong give girls a place where they can be themselves and share the experience of growing up as a girl in today’s world.

The English Speaking Girl Guides and Brownies of Hong Kong provides a safe, non-judgmental environment where girls can explore the issues they care about whilst having fun, enjoying new experiences and learning vital skills.

Being a member of the Girl Guides builds a girl’s confidence, raises her aspirations and gives her the chance to discover her full potential, whilst becoming a force for good.

Volunteer: The English Speaking Girl Guides and Brownies of Hong Kong welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, abilities, and faiths to join them as leaders. No previous guiding experience is necessary as they provide a full training scheme for all new leaders.

Brownies and Guides can only do all the amazing things they can (think camping, hiking, star-gazing, outdoor cooking, inventing, performing, craft making…) with the support of their leaders, who plan, organise and run the weekly meetings.

To find out more, please email contact@englishspeakingguides.org.hk