Strategic Service for the Needy
It is BGCA’s mission to nurture the new generation and prepare them for a brighter future. In 2020 - 21, we continued to offer professional service to different groups of children and youth, regardless of their ethnicity, strengths or weaknesses and socioeconomic status, which ensured that no one was deprived of the opportunities to receive quality service.
Focusing on Holistic Development
As one of the strategic foci in our five-year plan, BGCA identified that a balanced, healthy and holistic development of children and youth was particularly important, whether in their physical and mental strengths, or their other capabilities.
For younger children, BGCA fosters the Nurturing Care Framework for early childhood intervention. We delivered school syllabuses, programmes and family support for the long-term benefits of the children. Developmental, preventive and supportive programmes were also provided to school children, adolescents, school leavers and young adults. We offered support for those with special educational needs, in order to narrow down disparity among differences. We built habits in physical exercises and provided more resources to facilitate their studies as a part of our efforts in developing a community with acceptance, diversity, support and integration. We also supported school youth and young adults in acquiring social innovation and future skills, planning of their life, as well as better integration into the society.
Uplifting Mental Health
In response to the changes in the social, political and economic environment, mental health was another direction on which our services focused. BGCA actively facilitated workers and service users to build up mental wellbeing through an evidence-based approach and to help those who were affected in exploring their own potential and thus assisting their own recovery. We promoted localised trauma-informed care and practice among service units in a normalised manner, and prepare better bridging or collaboration with other mental health services. To further enhance our services in this area, cross-unit and multi-disciplinary collaborations were carried out to further diversify and enrich our projects and programmes.
In particular, with support from the Jockey Club Charities Trust, a youth-friendly mental wellness service hub and service model, “LevelMind@JC”, was launched in Lai Chi Kok this year. By acquiring one or more various supportive services provided, which include psychological education, mindfulness training, cognitive behavioural programmes, narrative programmes, positive peer support and other professional interventions, service users could pick up positive and effective methods to improve their mental health.
Special Measures in these Difficult Times
To tackle the impacts caused by COVID-19, especially for the needy and the vulnerable ones, BGCA has introduced different measures during the year. We enhanced the use of online platforms to provide more accessible training for children, youth and their families. We contacted service users online to assess their needs and deliver timely support. We also offered tangible material and financial assistance, including data sim-card for the internet, computer equipment for the underprivileged, “blessing bags” and fee concession for our services. During this year, we distributed more than 100,000 masks, 18,000 sanitisers, 5,000 book coupons and more than 11,000 care packs with rice and food coupons for families in economic difficulties.
Thanks to Generous Supports, We Have Gone Farther and Deeper
During this year of different challenges, BGCA has still expanded with support from the government, donors or service partners. Our scope and contents of service have considerably increased.
With support from the Lotteries Fund, “Sunshine Campus” - Kindergarten Stationing Social Work Service (i.e., Pilot Scheme on Social Work Service for Pre-primary Institutions), expanded to a total of 2.75 teams, covering 44 kindergartens over the territories. Some mainstream services for the children expanded with a Lump Sum Grant support from the Social Welfare Department. “SAIL” Early Child Development Centre (Tung Chung) (the first Special Child Care Centre cum Early Education & Training Centre of the Association) started services in January 2020. “SMILE” On-site Pre-school Integrated Services expanded service places to over 500, covering 49 kindergartens.
New Services Under Government Subsidies
“Sunshine Campus” - Nursery and kindergarten-based social worker service project (Funded by Lotteries Fund): The project has been launched since 2019. Up to the year 2020/21, there were totally 2.75 teams covering 44 kindergartens.
“Parent Child LINK”: Working Parents Support Centre (Lump Sum Grant) was founded in 2019/20 (New Territories East) and the premises at Fo Tan started operating in 2020/21.
“SMILE” On-site Pre-school Integrated Services (Lump Sum Grant): By incremental extension of service up to 2020/21, there were 5 teams, covering 49 kindergartens in total.
“SAIL” Special Child Care Centre cum Early Education and Training Centre (Lump Sum Grant): Started in 2019/20, with full service provided on its premises at Tung Chung from 2020/21.
New Initiatives Under External Funding, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
“Jockey Club Arts Make SENse Programme” and “Jockey Club SENCO@Community”: To support students with special educational needs and their families.
LevelMind@JC: To promote the mental health of youth in the community through interdisciplinary collaboration.
Jockey Club BGCA Digital Transformation Project: To support BGCA in updating the frontline website and customer service system, so as to enhance service effectiveness and efficiency.
Jockey Club Project IDEAL: To promote a paradigm shift in parent education, and to adopt a Transformative Learning model for parents.
HKJC Parent Wellness Centre: To establish a parents-oriented one-off platform to enhance the health of parents comprehensively.
CLAP@JC: To maintain youth career and development into mainstream service units.
Jockey Club Online Youth Emotional Support “OPEN UP”: To enhance the online text-based chatting service for crisis and emotional support for young people.
Other External Funds
“The D.H. Chen Foundation: To support Youth ImpACT Award 2.0 to develop young people in empathetic design and social innovation.
Lee Hysan Foundation and Wu Jieh Yee Charitable Foundation: To support positive parenting programmes.
Lee Hysan Foundation: To support the “Project Respect 2.0” to offer positive psychology and affective education for primary school students.
A Proud Achievement - Beyond the Boundary
While substantial endeavours have been made in providing excellent services to our users in Hong Kong, we also extended our experiences beyond geographical boundaries. Since 2008, the “Guangzhou Growth Dynamics” Project (GZGD) that BGCA set up has successfully served as incubators to share our knowledge and experience from Hong Kong with the service providers and partners in Mainland China. No matter whether in the areas of residential child care services, community-based children and youth services, career development for the youths discharged from orphanages, social work service in primary schools, or specialised services for children having special educational needs and support to parents and families, we have helped them set up service protocols, quality standards and assessment mechanisms to continuously monitor and improve their services, which have been adopted nationwide. To ensure the sustainability of the project, we also collaborated with universities in Mainland China to provide training and development for the project staff as well as the professionals in the sector. Many of the GZGD staff have eventually become trainers, who could carry on the spirit of the project independently. With confidence, BGCA finally handed over our work in Mainland China to the staff there in January 2021, followed by the dissolution of the Mainland Service Committee in March 2021. BGCA has fulfilled this historical role, which would not have been possible without the leadership and contributions from our committee members and management staff who had all along dedicated themselves to supporting the development of the services.
Evidence-based Researches: Know Our Service Users
In order to provide more tailor-made services which fit those in need, BGCA has been conducting different evidence-based researches, to understand more about our community. Especially under the impact of COVID-19, we conducted “The survey on the situation of children and parents under school suspension due to the coronavirus” to understand more about our service users. Advocacy and opinion papers were also submitted to the government to provide views for necessary policy changes for long-term impact and filling of service gaps.
We Are Well Accepted and Recognised: Awards Received
We were happy to receive several awards last year, which was an indication of the public acceptance and recognition of our work and endeavours:
“The Outstanding NGO Platinum Award of ESG Achievement Awards 2020
Gold Award for Volunteer Service (Organisation) by Volunteer Movement of Social Welfare Department
Award of 10,000 Hours for Volunteer Service in 2020 by Steering Committee on Promotion of Volunteer Service of Social Welfare Department
“Mediate First” Pledge Star Logo Award Certificate by the Department of Justice
“ARC Awards 2021 - Gold Award (N.G.O. Charitable Organisation: Cover Photo/ Design)