Rev. POON Kwok-yin
Chairman of C & M A Social Services Committee
While changes take place all over the world every day, we, who are living in Hong Kong, a special region, indeed need our Father’s love and grace to face this challenging time. And by God’s guidance and grace, we could complete His mission to serve and love others. C & M A Social Services (CMASS) responds to people's needs continuously, especially in our elderly and children services, that our centres respond and adjust in tandem with the Government’s increasing service demands. In hope of undertaking Christ’s love, we care for the body and mind of each and every beneficiary.
Our organization participated in Hong Kong NGO Governance Health Survey 2018 (“the Survey”) organized by HKCSS last year. The Survey allowed organization to assess their own governance health, while collecting data from the industry for an all-round analysis. The Survey was completed by the Chairman and several senior members of CMASS Committee (“the Committee”). Survey results affirmed that the Committee was comprised of different professionals and committee members were able to lead the management to implement organizational missions, provide adequate support and monitor the organization’s performance and risk management effectively. To complement the functions of the Committee, the Survey recommended establishment of workgroups and special committees under the Committee according to needs and introductions of different professionals, which were to provide more professional opinions and enhance the recognition of supervision of organization’s finance, human resources and service development. The Committee welcomed the opinions positively and discussed the application of opinions.
The Government invested abundant resources in social welfare services for the elderly and children last year. Our neighbourhood elderly centres’ scope of service could then also extend, including services for carers with special needs and support to elderly people with dementia. We agree that societal changes always induce new social needs, which the Government should respond without cease. We will also actively take the opportunities to develop novel social services. Therefore, the Committee agreed to add “Assistant Chief Executive” into our organizational structure to help supervise current services, and explore new service models and opportunities.
We initiated an evaluation of salary and welfare of professionals last year, that our committee members formed a salary evaluation group to discuss and our General Secretary for Social Services of CMASS communicated directly to staffs at mid-level management and in centre meetings to garner opinions. The evaluation completed in mid-2018, and the pay scale of social workers eventually tallies with the Master Pay Scale, and our colleagues appreciate the care shown by the organization.
The above modifications were proposed according to C & M A’s financial status, and CMASS will keep employing resources with reference to the Lump Sum Grant Manual. Currently, our use of Lump Sum Grant can effectively and sufficiently support all our subvented services, and the reserve of such grant is maintained at an acceptable level according to our policy. Our audit report has been published in our annual report and made available to the public on our website.
I, hereby, on behalf of the Committee, express our gratitude to all our colleagues in C & M A family for their endeavour in professional services and loving heart to serve the needy in the community, which manifest a beautiful testimony. May all the glory be to our Father God in Heaven.
“You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)
(From Christian & Missionary Alliance Church Union of Hong Kong Ltd. 2018-19 Annual Report of Social Service）