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危機家庭支援先導計劃 結合「援助金」及「輔導支援」服務模式 逾九成接受支援家庭對未來抱希望
危機家庭支援先導計劃 結合「援助金」及「輔導支援」服務模式 逾九成接受支援家庭對未來抱希望 2018-06-20
Peter Cheng, Chairman of Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation (middle), Amarantha Yip, Executive Director of Hong Kong Family Welfare Society (right), and Josephine Lee, Chief Executive Officer of St. James’ Settlement (left)
Peter Cheng, Chairman of Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation (middle), Josephine Lee, Chief Executive Officer of St. James’ Settlement (3rd from left), Amarantha Yip, Executive Director of Hong Kong Family Welfare Society (3rd from right), Keith Wong, Chief Officer (Social Development) of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (2nd from left), Dr. Denny Ho of the Department of Applied Social Sciences of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (far left), service users Ms. Tung (second from right) and Ms. Yuan (far right)
Family in Crisis Pilot Support Project Offers Financial Assistance and Counseling Service Over 90% Families Regain Hope for the Future

(Hong Kong, 20 June, 2018) Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation initiated and sponsored the Family in Crisis Pilot Support Project last year. Jointly run by St. James’ Settlement and Hong Kong Family Welfare Society, the project aims to help deprived families with young children who are affected by the sudden cut in the main source of household income after a crisis. Comprising timely financial assistance and counseling service, the comprehensive project offers assessment and professional social service to help unfortunate families overcome adversity, rebuild their lives and establish support network.
 
Peter Cheng, Chairman of Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation, Josephine Lee, Chief Executive Officer of St. James’ Settlement, and Amarantha Yip, Executive Director of Hong Kong Family Welfare Society, announced details and progress of the project at a press conference today.

“I learned about industrial and traffic accidents in the news and deeply concerned about the families who lost their loved ones and household income source. Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation supports St. James’ Settlement and Hong Kong Family Welfare Society for the Family in Crisis Pilot Support Project which provides timely, professional counseling and financial assistance to maintain the living quality of the families in crisis. We hope to help them through the difficult times and minimise the negative impact on their children,” said Peter Cheng, Chairman of Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation.

To evaluate the effectiveness of the project, St. James’ Settlement and Hong Kong Family Welfare Society commissioned the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University respectively to conduct a social impact assessment and a practice research on the families supported by the project. As at 31 May 2018, the project has already provided services to 139 families. Among those receiving financial assistance, 15% got both emergency grant for funeral and ordinary grant for daily living expenses. 86% of the respondents are aged between 31 and 60, with children attending school. Without financial aid, the respondents may need to borrow money and reduce their children’s education expenses.

The project offers a one-stop service for financial aid and counseling service to relieve the stress from multiple referral procedures. Dialogue, home visitation, care and concern, timely counseling and fostering self-initiative are effective intervention means. According to the evaluation results of the closed cases, 85% of the respondents showed an increase in the ability and confidence to go through life difficulties. More than 90% of the families said they have regained hope for the future and will be able to handle life changes thereafter.

In the qualitative survey, respondents kept wondering why the unfortunate events happened to them and found it hard to let go. Comforting words of relatives and friends came out wrong. Social workers help them build peer support groups with those who share the same experience.

There are parent-child bereavement group, play therapy and art therapy to help the families in crisis through the grieving process. Following the sudden death of her daughter in late 2017, Ms. Tung received emergency fund for the funeral and grief counseling. At the same time, she has to take care of her grandson. Project social worker arranged play therapy for her grandson and collaborated with the caseworker in the family service centre and kindergarten social worker. Ms. Tung is now back on her feet and volunteers in family programmes with her grandson.

Ms. Yuan recalled the moment when handling her husband’s funeral, “My mind went blank and I had no idea what to do next.” With the social worker’s assistance, Ms. Yuan met a group of people who had similar experience and gained support from them. Ms. Yuan has started a new chapter in her life, “As it turned out, I can find a full-time job and have the ability to take care of myself and my son.”

St. James’ Settlement and Hong Kong Family Welfare Society call for public support and care for the families in crisis. Most importantly, ask for help if your family is in crisis. This project is open to referrals from non-governmental organisations. Deprived families with young children facing sudden crisis with the breadwinners losing their ability to work can contact Hong Kong Family Welfare Society (for Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Tseung Kwan O, Sai Kung) at 2772 2322, or St. James’ Settlement (for New Territories East and New Territories West) at 3921 3906.
 

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Peter Cheng, Chairman of Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation (middle), Amarantha Yip, Executive Director of Hong Kong Family Welfare Society (right), and Josephine Lee, Chief Executive Officer of St. James’ Settlement (left) announce the Family in Crisis Pilot Support Project at a press conference.

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Peter Cheng, Chairman of Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation (middle), Josephine Lee, Chief Executive Officer of St. James’ Settlement (3rd from left), Amarantha Yip, Executive Director of Hong Kong Family Welfare Society (3rd from right), Keith Wong, Chief Officer (Social Development) of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (2nd from left), Dr. Denny Ho of the Department of Applied Social Sciences of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (far left), service users Ms. Tung (second from right) and Ms. Yuan (far right) encourage families facing sudden crisis to seek help.

About Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation
Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation (“CTFCF”) is a private family foundation founded by Dr. Cheng Yu-Tung and his family members in 2012. CTFCF has actively supported charitable causes through partnering and grant-making to different non-profit making organisations, to provide opportunities and resources to the underprivileged, to empower individuals and to promote sustainable community development. CTFCF funds a range of projects including Education and Training, Mental Wellness, Community Services, Health Care and Ageing Innovation. In recent years, CTFCF has been collaborating with NGOs, academic institutions and other family charitable foundations for a range of projects to provide immediate, ongoing assistance to the people in need.

About St. James’ Settlement
St. James’ Settlement is a diversified non-governmental social welfare organisation, founded by the Rt. Rev. Bishop R.O. Hall of the Anglican Church in 1949. The organisation is dedicated to providing a vast range of high quality services for people of different ages and needs, including children, teenagers, families, the homeless, the elderly and the mentally challenged. It promotes self-reliance and harmony in the community. With the headquarters located at Stone Nullah Lane, the organisation has been supporting the community over the years and will further expand the scope of services in Kowloon and the New Territories. To date, there are 58 service points across Hong Kong, the attendance of services is close to 3.2 million.

About Hong Kong Family Welfare Society
Hong Kong Family Welfare Society is a charitable non-governmental social welfare organisation established in 1949. With a family perspective, the Society is dedicated to providing a range of quality and professional services for families and individuals in Hong Kong, including Integrated Family Services, Integrated Children and Youth Services, Elderly and Community Support Services, Child Care Services and Special Services. In addition, the organisation has initiated a variety of experimental and innovative services to meet the needs of the community. The organisation will continue to collaborate with the government, business corporations, and other stakeholders to promote family harmony and a caring community.


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Hong Kong Family Welfare Society           St. James’ Settlement
Jacky Wong                                               May Tse
Publicity and Liaison Manager                   Public Relations Manager
Tel: 2527 3171/9033 6569                      Tel: 2835 4321/9216 6998
Email: jacky.wong@hkfws.org.hk              E-mail: may.tse@sjs.org.hk