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Launched “Programming and Art Creation Partnership” Program to Improve Digital Skill of People in Recovery

Launched “Programming and Art Creation Partnership” Program to Improve Digital Skill of People in Recovery

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The pandemic has caused dramatic changes in Hong Kong business environment, it also accelerates the digital transformation of the city and the market demand to human resource with relevant skills has been raised. Funded by HSBC Hong Kong Community Partnership Program, New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (New Life) has launched the "Programming and Art Creation Partnership” Programme from September 2021 to August 2022 with a total of HKD$ 534,780 sponsorship. This program is comprised of three major areas: "Passing on New Skills”, "Creating Fun with Tech” and "Creating Kid’s Enjoyment with Tech”. The purpose of such program is to teach people in recovery (PIR) of mental illness, high functional persons with Autism and youngsters the skills of computer programming and operation of digital tools. Through specific training, the social inclusion was promoted. This program also promotes the combination between advanced technology and the traditional wood craft, farming and environmental protection.

School Outreaching Program for a Better World

The program will be partnering with the secondary and primary schools in Tuen Mun District to hold a series of theory courses and activities in programming, in order to explore the potential of the disadvantaged group and improve social integration. In the "Passing on New Skills” project, there are 50 service users and secondary school students who will be learning programming, designing and operation of digital tools in New Life Tin King Sheltered Workshop. The project has not only pass on skills to make intelligent planting devices and design program that can automatically supervise the dampness of the soil and reminding watering, but also offer participants opportunity to set up intelligent flowerpot in New Life Farm later to gain actual experience.

The other two projects, "Creating Fun with Tec”’ and "Creating Kid’s Joy with Tec”’, will be held in February 2022. Youngsters and PIR will be exhibiting their learning results in a friendly competition in which they will be fabricating electronic mechanic horses with environmental-friendly materials. They will also provide guidance to primary school students in making mechanic toys as give-back to and reintegration into the community.

A total of 1,156 beneficiaries including 669 students, 263 persons with disabilities and 224 parents will be benefited from this program. Ms. CHAN Tsz-man, Zoe, New Life Sheltered Workshop Manager opined that such program will give more chances to the PIR and Persons with Autism to go out and connect with the youngsters and the public, so that they may have better understanding to each other and to reduce stigma.

Pushing Forward the Combination of Woodcraft and Advanced Technologies

Sponsored by HSBC Hong Kong, appointed by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) to administer and monitor, and supported by the Home Affairs Department and the Social Welfare Department, the HSBC Hong Kong Community Partnership Program has entered its 10th anniversary. One of its key community activities, namely the "HSBC Hong Kong Community Festival” was held on 14 November on Chater Road in Central. The service users from Tin King Sheltered Workshop and New Life Farm, together with the students from the CMA Secondary School formed the staff crew of the event. The interactive games area included environmental-friendly mechanic devices booth and green e-car workshop. A total of 300 citizens was attracted by such meaningful workshop.


As a volunteer worker, Cindy, service user from Tin King Sheltered Workshop could not help to express her happiness for taking part in the workshop and making green electronic cars

"I got to learn and guide kids to make an environmental-friendly vehicle, and my tutor said I was a good helper.”

Wong, a volunteer from the secondary school, was responsible for operating a robot to classify waste paper, plastic bottles and glass wastes, and deliver them to the specific spots.

He said that the event was a great opportunity to exhibit his favourite mechanic products to the public, "I could first teach PIR on how to use the machine, and they could show the public too. I found it very meaningful.”

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