Director's Report

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  • Director Tim Fung's Portrait

For years, the Fellowship has been implementing recovery concepts in service, concerning people in recovery (PIR) in holistic growth, family and peer support, as well as re-integration into community, with substantial outcomes.

 

Actively standing by for recovery

The Fellowship carries out its annual objective, taking care of PIRs’ needs, while also caring about family caregivers’ situation to provide timely support. Organization and mobilization of volunteers is very important, not only in assisting service units to operate and provide services, but also to enlighten community members to understand the situations faced by PIRs, and most importantly to achieve social inclusion.

Subsequent to intensive training, peer support workers can gradually shoulder independently the support to other PIRs through sharing of recovery experiences, and provide relevant views to make services more geared towards users’ needs. In this context, the Fellowship has pooled in extra resources to employ peer support assistants to encourage more involvement from PIRs. At the same time, we advocate through participation of various stakeholders, namely PIR, family caregivers and volunteers, to express their views and feelings about mental health recovery.

 

Knowledge exchange to enhance service improvement

Last year, the Fellowship sent staff members to Taiwan and South Korea attending academic conferences, and to share our research outcomes. We also sent colleagues to Taiwan and Tasmania of Australia for exchange visits, to understand their experiences in recovery services. These exchange experiences not only can help staff to widen their vision, but also bring new service concepts and approaches for reference.

Richmond Mental Health Social Work Resource Centre has accumulated years of service experience, established an Integrated Family Service Centre at Longjin Street, and took up the supervisory and quality assessment tasks of 12 mental health service centre within 10 Districts of Guangzhou City.

Guangzhou Likang Social Service Centre (Formerly Likang Family Resource Centre) will be approaching its 10th Anniversary next year. The centre, which has long been appraised and acknowledged with its quality services, will consolidate its work experience, and release their service outcomes through different media. In 2015, Enping Likang Social Service Centre was established, for the community members with supportive services.

 

Strategic development to meet social needs

The Fellowship strides for excellence through its three-year strategic development plan, actualizing recovery as the basic outline to ensure service quality and to use evidence-based service evaluation for developing and enhancing services. We explore and develop services for targets with specific needs, catering for those not being taken care of. To help PIRs) create more opportunities for employment and expressing their strength, the Fellowship is evaluating and strengthening its social enterprise, focusing more on high-end business, to make the enterprise multi-faceted, in the attempt to obtain more financial resources.

To enhance public awareness about the Fellowship’s work, and to boost up its image while gaining income, we are planning on signature events to take place in the coming year. We shall try to secure continual funding support for non-government subvented service projects to give on-going support for the needy groups in community.

 

Effective succession of staff team

Social service works through people and the most important resources have to be placed on staff, also implying that the sustainability of the Fellowship’s stable development relies on relevant succession. Through mentoring, coaching, swapping of job positions and acting arrangement, the Fellowship will arrange mid-managers to be exposed to different service and managerial positions for learning of experiences for gradual succession of important positions. Simultaneously we arrange line managers to share responsibilities of central administration, to enhance strategic development plans of the Fellowship at large. Knowledge management and staff training are also the foundations of succession, to allow extension of service concepts and experiences to be transferred through generations of staff.

 

Acknowledgement and mutual encouragement

The Fellowship strides for continuous improvement and novel service development, relying on the whole-hearted, joining hands, and mutually supporting environment among all staff at different levels. I take this opportunity to express my most sincere gratitude to all members of our work team, anticipating continual future collaborations, working towards the wellbeing of all service targets!

 

Dr. FUNG Cheung Tim
Director