YWCA shared service development in Sham Shui Po with community partners
YWCA stepped forward in 1940s to start service in Sham Shui Po. To celebrate the centenary of the Association, our service units in Sham Shui Po organised a community partnership ceremony to share the development of our services in the area.
The Association was pleased to have Ms. Chau Fung Mui, the District Social Welfare Officer (Sham Shui Po) of Social Welfare Department (SWD) to officiate at the ceremony, which was held in the newly opened Talent Development Centre (Kowloon West). Ms. Chau agreed that YWCA has been SWD’s important working partner and acknowledged the Association’s active participation in different welfare projects in the district e.g. Job Shadowing Programme, Life Education Project, Care for Nam Cheong Community Collaboration Project etc. She added that the initiatives have strengthened cross-sector collaboration and provided proper support to the vulnerable groups. Ms. Yvonne Yeung, the Association’s Chief Executive expressed thankfulness to Ms. Chau for developing communication and collaboration platforms to connect different sectors in Sham Shui Po. A picture made with plastic buttons by our service users of the Children and Family Service Department was presented to Ms. Chau as a souvenir that explained the mission of the Association, life enhancement.
The Association has 21 services units in Sham Shui Po, providing education, rehabilitation, food support etc. for the needy in different age groups. A video was made and played in the ceremony to show our guests what we have done for the community over the years. The Association has worked very hard to link community partners up and source the wherewithal to implement effective programmes. For example, Food Support Service provides food coupons for grassroots families with poor living environment and low income. A group of women are invited to volunteer in preparing free lunches for elders. Work opportunities are offered to unemployed women between 30 and 60 years old. Art therapy workshops are conducted for youths with mental health needs. Besides, Dr. Kee Chi Hing, JP, Chair of Fullness Social Enterprises Society and Business and Service Development Honorary Adviser of the Association was invited to share how to enlarge the social impacts of corporate social responsibility programmes through cooperation between organisations.
YWCA appreciates the effort of our partners to connect the community and provide assistance for the grassroots throughout the years. To express our gratitude, Ms. Chau was invited to present certificates to our community partners on behalf of the Association. She also encouraged the organisations to continue to work closely in the future to benefit the residents of Sham Shui Po.