URA partners with students and NGOs to serve the residents in old districts
The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) has partnered with 11 tertiary institutions and non-government organisations in 2013/14 academic year to bring love and care to the disadvantaged families, senior citizens, people living in sub-divided units and the mentally-challenged people in five old districts under the Community Service Partnership Scheme (CSPS).
Speaking at the ceremony of appreciation just held over the weekend (12 April), Managing Director of the URA, Ms Iris Tam, commended all participating volunteers and partnering organisations for the community service. She truly appreciated that they have spent over 1,400 hours in this academic year bringing hearty services to residents being served.
Since the launch of CSPS in 2012/13 academic year, over 2,600 service hours have been achieved by more than 300 volunteers for nearly 700 residents in the old districts.
"The objective of the URA is to tackle the urban decay problem through various urban renewal initiatives. While improving the building conditions and built environment, we also care about the quality of living of those residents in old urban areas.
"CSPS is our joint effort with the tertiary institutions and community organisations with an aim to encourage young people together with URA's colleagues to contribute to the community, as well as promote better understanding of social issues. It also provides an opportunity for URA colleagues to share their work experience in urban renewal with the youngsters," said Ms Tam.
The partnering organisations for the five programmes under CSPS in this academic year were Lingnan University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The University of Hong Kong, Agency for Voluntary Service, Christian Family Service Centre, Hong Kong SKH Lady MacLehose Centre, Society for Community Organization, The Mong Kok Kai Fong Association Ltd. Chan Hing Social Service Centre, The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council, Volunteer Movement and World Green Organisation.