Integrated Work Centre incorporated sheltered workshop and supported employment service to become an innovative “One-Stop” vocational service, aiming to provide people in recovery of mental illness with diversified and community-based work training and to enhance their open employment competitiveness in order to achieve the target of self-sufficiency through open employment. In the conversion process from a traditional sheltered workshop to an integrated work centre, the most important achievement was that we would provide different types of training to meet the needs of different service users at different stages. It was hoped that service users of different abilities would have a better opportunity to realise their potentials and through working in a more commercial-like environment. On the other hand, developing new types of work trade would also help in matching the rapid growth of our social enterprises and to meet the ever-expanding market needs.
In 1995, the Social Welfare Department invited the Association to operate the Chuk Yuen Sheltered Workshop. Chuk Yuen Sheltered Workshop was converted into Chuk Yuen Integrated Work Centre (CYIWC) in 2004. Since then, it has been actively establishing a variety of work trade training to provide service users with more training options and opportunities. Chuk Yuen Integrated Work Centre also transformed its kitchen into a bakery training site in 2007 and obtained the related license in 2008.
Another Sheltered Workshop of the Association was located in Wong Chuk Hang (established in 1978). Due to the demolition of Wong Chuk Hang Estate, it was relocated to Shek Pei Wan Estate in 2007 and had then been transformed into Shek Pei Wan Integrated Work Centre to provide diversified vocational rehabilitation services for service users. Apart from the existing options such as letter shopping, packaging and assembling, Shek Pai Wan Integrated Work Centre strives to develop new work trades and training opportunities such as bakery production, organic snacks packaging and processing. The Integrated Work Centre was renovated and spearheaded to develop an innovative bakery training site equipped with modern facilities. This licensed Bakery supplies organic and healthy bread, egg tarts and organic cookies that are freshly baked daily to be sold at our social enterprises. Aside from bakery products, the Centre also expanded its production line and introduced a wide range of organic snacks with self-designed packaging.