URA’s Community Service Partnership Scheme serves thousand residents in old districts
The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) has partnered with 10 tertiary institutions and non-government organisations in 2014/15 academic year to bring love and care to the disadvantaged families, senior citizens, ethnic minority and visually-impaired people in old districts under the Community Service Partnership Scheme (CSPS).
CSPS is a collective effort to bring hearty services to people in the old districts. Through collaboration with universities and social service organisations, volunteer teams comprising URA staff and tertiary students have served the residents in the old districts under various programmes. Since the launch of CSPS in 2012/13 academic year, some 4,000 service hours have been achieved by about 440 volunteers for nearly 1,000 residents in the old districts.
An appreciation ceremony was held by the URA last Friday (6 March) to recognise the contribution of volunteers over the past year, while giving an opportunity to the volunteers and grass-roots families to celebrate the Chinese New Year together.
Speaking at the ceremony, Non-Executive Director of URA Board, Mr Laurence Ho, and Managing Director of the URA, Ms Iris Tam, commended the selfless contribution of all participating volunteers for their community services and expressed gratitude for the support of partnering organisations.
"CSPS follows the URA's mission to serve those in need in old districts. The scheme encourages young people to develop their empathy to serve the community while promoting better understanding of our work in the old urban areas. Looking forward, we will continue this meaningful scheme for the benefits of more people who are in need with the support of universities and community organisations," said Mr Ho.
The partnering organisations for the five programmes under CSPS in this academic year were City University of Hong Kong, Lingnan University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The University of Hong Kong, Christian Action, Shek Kip Mei Lutheran Centre for the Blind, SKH Holy Carpenter Church, Mong Kok Kai Fong Association, NAAC and Caritas Mok Cheung Sui Kun Community Centre.