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Young Adult Education & Support Services
Young Adult Education & Support Services (YES) is a special designed service which aims at meeting the needs of the young PIRs of the Association especially those in residential services. We encourage the young adults to strengthen their self-identity, establish positive values and attitudes as well as interpersonal relationship through diversified intervention and youth-oriented activities, so as to build up a holistic and healthy life.
YES aims at cultivating our young PIRs of their personal strengths and personality, promoting community participation and building up self-confidence, successful experiences and peer support networks so as to achieve self-directed recovery.
YES provides a wide range of activities and group to cater for the developmental needs and characteristics of young adults. They are grouped under 4 series of program modules, namely ‘Interactive Module”, ‘Adventure Based Activities’, ‘Sports’ and ‘Experiential Activities’. Each series includes different forms of experiential / developmental groups and activities, such as personal growth groups, social and occupational skills training, outdoor and adventure activities, sports training, WRAP groups and community experiential activities, etc.
Interactive Modules is a series of young-style packaging interactive courses. It provides an opportunity for in-depth discussions and sharing with young adults on topics like social relationship and work etc., allow time for reflection of the past experience and brainstorm future plan.
Participants learn better way of communication through interactive games
Sports and exercise training
Through sports and exercise training, YES aims at strengthening the willpower and team spirit of young adults in pursuing their goals. In the process, they show support to each other.
‘3 on 3 Basketball Competition’ provides young PIRs with the opportunity to show their talent and work as a team
Adventure Based Activities
We organize different kinds of adventure based activities with the theme of "Challenge myself, breakthrough convention” so as to create successful experience for the participants, through which they have better grasp of their strengths and talents.
Enjoying the challenge of canoeing
Young PIRs brave through the challenges of experiential activities. In the process, they learn problem solving, respect and accept differences among people, and care about others.
Community indoor war game experiential activity.
"Many people say it is not an easy task of outdoor camping, however, I don’t think so. I enjoy very much to get closer to the nature.” Said by Mickey.
Mickey recalled that it’s so touching when he shared his stories and feelings in the campfire and gained support from others. Also, everyone was so united and helpful in preparing dinner. Some people went to get water and some were cooking. Despite the food was not particularly tasty, the process and feeling of togetherness, contributing and supporting each other was an unforgettable experience.
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Volunteer Work of Residential Services
A 3-year volunteer service development project "WE Care” was initiated by Residential Services in April 2013. Our volunteer team is very honoured to have the valuable support from the Hong Kong Police Force and other corporate partners to participate with our people in recovery of mental illness (PIR) in volunteer training and services organized by "WE Care” so as to achieve the ultimate goal of social inclusion and equal participation.
To advocate the spirit of volunteerism as a new attitude of life and mobilize our PIR to provide care for the deprived such as homebound elderly and physically disabled people.
Our ServicesCaring @ Volunteer program
Visit to the Homebound Elderly started since 2013. Most of elderlies are suffering from chronic diseases; some are even lacking basic necessities. Our volunteers provide simple health check such as Body Mass Index, Fat Ratio and Blood Pressure, home cleaning service, and organize festive activities. A trustful relationship has been built between volunteers and the elderly while our volunteers are dedicated to improve the elderly’s wellness and cater for their social needs. A volunteer leader said: "We may not be able to change their lives, but we can help light them up with love and care”.
Health Promotion Day for Elderly is launched in the community to bring across the message of health through interactive activities. Awareness on health of elderly is also enhanced by introducing aerobic exercises and inviting medical professionals to give health talk.
Mobility Voluntourism provides companion to the Rehabus passengers and assists them in transportation and sight-seeing in Hong Kong.
Learning @ Volunteer
Volunteers are recruited through "WE Care Training Program” from residential units, corporate organizations and the Hong Kong Police Force to spread the message of "serve one another” in the community. A series of trainings on knowledge and skills in basic health check, use of wheelchair and volunteerism are provided to equip them to be a 'WE Care volunteer'. They will participate in our volunteer programs to care for and promote the health of the elderly and people with physical disabilities in different districts.
"WE Care Leadership Program” strengthens the leadership skills of volunteers with potential. This program also allows our PIR to understand their strengths and talents. They will be invited to put their ideas of care and concern into actions by planning and organizing volunteer services in the local community and at the same time put the recovery concepts into practice.
Greening @ Volunteer
Go-green programs include gardening in residential units and outdoor field programs such as clean-up of the beach and country park, and tree-planting to allow the volunteers to contribute to environmental protection and experience the nature.
Rejoicing @ Volunteer
Volunteer Award Presentation Ceremony cum Annual Gathering is an annual signature event of WE Care Volunteer Team. Service awards will be given to 3 participating units and 3 individual volunteers with highest service hours to recognize their contribution and keep the momentum going.
Learning @ Volunteer - training provided to Hong Kong Police Force on the spirit of voluntarism of New Life and principles of recovery
Caring @ Volunteer program - Hong Kong Police Force visited New Life Building Long Stay Care Home and distributed lucky bags to the service users.
Rejoicing @ Volunteer - The Annual Volunteer Award Presentation Ceremony cum Fun Day is a remarkable occasion for the WE Care Volunteers. Awards are given to the outstanding volunteers to express our appreciation of their contributions.
Caring @ Volunteer program – Over 80 WE Care volunteers helped conveying health message to the elderly in the community.
Caring @ Volunteer program - Basic health check such as blood pressure and BMI measurement was provided in the Elderly Health Promotion Day.
Greening @ Volunteer - A snapshot of clean-up the seashore at Tai O
Caring @ Volunteer program – WE Care volunteer as a companion for the physically disabled in local tour
Learning @ Volunteer – Training on the use of wheelchair and understanding of physical disability by Occupational Therapist
Learning @ Volunteer – "WE Care Leadership Program” facilitates the potential leader’s personal breakthrough to attain a higher level of volunteer mission.