陳茹九牧師
社會服務委員會主席
 

對社會服務團體來說這不是容易過的一年,感謝神帶領宣道會社會服務經歷了無限的恩典。社會和政府對服務機構管治的問責及財政的透明度要求不斷提高,機構要做好內部監察,包括對會計程序、核數及財務交代,以至服務質量的表現,所涉及的工作量實在有增無減。中央行政人手在資源有限的情況下,緊絀的人手更形不足。感謝員工們不斷付出 – 腦力、努力和體力去完成一座又一座的高山,神沒有虧待我們,總給我們足夠的恩典去完成,這全是恩典。

本會在「整筆過撥款」制度的環境下,因著機構的獨特背景及規模,建立了較適合機構發展的管治架構,社會服務委員會督導本會社會服務的營運並向區聯會執委會交代,機構營運及服務提供得到適當的監察和指導。近年亦透過推行社會福利署最佳執行指引的機會,社會服務委員會為機構的財務管理、整筆撥款及儲備的運用、人力及薪酬各方面的政策,建立了更具體的措施去體現委員會積極參與機構的管治,如每年制定預算時預演不同情況下機構的經濟實況、公開財務報告、定時檢討人力架構及薪酬福利制度,來年亦會安排和同工及服務使用者交流。感謝神、機構的財務及服務質量仍維持健康狀況,這實有賴各中心同事的努力和付出。

本會主要提供長者社區支援及幼兒教顧服務,除了社會福利署提供資助長者服外,教育局亦是為機構幼兒服務提供資源的主要伙伴。幼兒教育的津助政策改變,機構需要全面預備,六所幼兒學校人手將會增多,薪酬及學習費用支出大幅增加,同時亦要重新裝備各校教職員面對新學制的不同要求,而這些實需要各校配合才能平穩過渡。各校校長需付出更多的辛勤去面對轉變。機構仍會持守基督的愛,並以幼兒為重的辦學精神,為幼兒的成長營造一個愛的環境。

長者人口不斷增加,社區安老服務需求甚殷,同時有更多幼兒被發現有特別學習需要,但所需服務供不應求。我們會努力籌集資源,在沒有政府資助的服務單位,為弱勢社群提供公共服務以外的關顧,對在尋求支援而感到徬徨的家庭,送上一份安慰和平安。

面對不同的挑戰,我們只有仰望施恩的主,加添力量和智慧,而神總是回應我們的禱告,讓我們有能力經過。願以以下經文共勉:

「你要專心仰賴耶和華,不可倚靠自己的聰明,在你一切所行的事上都要認定祂,祂必指引你的路。」箴言3:5 – 6

(轉載自基督教宣道會香港區聯會2016-17社會服務年報)

   
   
   
   
 
Rev. Chan Yu-kow
Chairman of C & M A Social Services Committee
 

 

It has not been easy for a social services organization this year. Praise to the Lord who guiding Christian & Missionary Alliance Social Services and give us countless gracious experience. The government and public posed a higher standard of accountability on management and financial transparency for the social service organizations. As a result, workloads on internal monitoring soared. These included accounting procedures, auditing, financial reporting and services quality controls. Our insufficiency of human resources manifested in the lack of manpower in central administration. I would like to express my gratitude to our staff who strive to serve in completing difficult tasks one after another. Unfailing support and grace from God is always enough.

Taking into account of our unique organization background, we have established a management structure suitable for our organization development under the Lump Sum Grant system. Social Services Committee commissioned by Executive Committee of Christian & Missionary Alliance Church Union Hong Kong oversees the Social Service Office to ensure that the operation and service provision are monitored and supervised. In recent years, with the opportunity of carrying out the Best Practice Manual, Social Service Committee established clear policies and initiatives for our financial management, the use of Lump Sum Grant and reserve, and human resources and payroll in accordance to the authority of corporate governance. The committee has also reviewed the financial forecast of the organization under various scenarios when formulating our annual budget, published financial reports, regularly reviewed human resources structure and salary system. Also, we have arranged opportunities for exchanges of opinion between the staff and service users in the coming year. Our finance and quality of services maintains a healthy condition. For this, we have to thank God as well as our staff.

We focus on providing elderly community support services and 'educational and care' services for children, subsidised and supported by Social Welfare Department and Education Bureau respectively. Because of the change in subsidy policy of Early Education, we need to prepare for the change in a comprehensive manner. All of our 6 nursery schools will recruit more teaching staff and staff salary and educational related expenses should be therefore increased. We shall provide more trainings for staff to meet the new requirements under the revised curriculum. These can only be made with the cooperation among schools. Principals will have to offer toil and sweat to cope with these challenges. We will uphold the love from God and child-focus principle while we devote our staunch efforts to shape a favourable environment for healthy development of children.

The elderly population is increasing continuously, so demands for elderly community services grow as well. At the same time, more children are found to be with special educational needs. However, existing services cannot cope with the upsurge demand. We will therefore, in our self-finance service centres, gather resources to provide cares and adequate services to the disadvantaged. We hope to bring comfort and peace to families who are distressed in seeking support.

When facing different challenges, we can only turn to God's grace, might and wisdom. And God always responds to our prayers and leads us through. Let's encourage each other by the scripture:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

(From Christian & Missionary Alliance Church Union of Hong Kong Ltd. 2016-17 Annual Report of Social Service)

   
   

 

 



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