潘國賢牧師
社會服務委員會主席
      

當全世界正在轉變時,生活在香港這個特殊的地區中的我們,實在需要天父的愛和恩典,面對艱難的時刻,因神的帶領和保守,靠仍主恩完成天父給我們服侍人愛人的使命。宣道會社會服務持續回應市民的需要,特別在長者及幼兒的工作,政府對社會服務需要求不斷提昇下,中心作出相關的回應及更新改變。盼望承存耶穌基督在世關愛的精神,關心每一位受助者的身心靈。

 

機構去年參與了社會服務聯會舉辦的香港非政府機構管治健康狀況調查2018(下稱調查)。調查讓機構可自行量度其管治的健康狀況,同時搜集業界數據作整體分析。調查問卷由本處社會服務委員會(社服會)主席及部份資深委員填寫。調查結果肯定了本處社服會由具備不同專業的委員而組成,委員亦能致力領導管理層實踐機構使命,提供適當支援,對機構表現及危機管理作出有效監管等。調查同時提出建議,為完善社服員會的功能,可在委員會下按需要增設工作小組及特別委員會,引入不同專業,為機構的財務,人力及服務發展提供更多專業意見及增強監的認受性。社服會樂意接納意見並會積極討論如何落實意見。

 

政府去年投放了不少資源於長者及幼兒的社會福利服務,本會的長者鄰舍中心的服務範疇亦得以擴展。其中包括特別需要護老者服務及支援認知障礙症長者的服務。我們認為社會不斷變遷,必然帶來新的社會需求,政府理應持續回應。我們亦會積極迎接推新出新的社會服務機會,因此,社服會同意在人力架構中增設助理總幹事一職,協助現時服務的督導,同時亦會探索新服務模式及機會。


去年我們啟動了專業職級薪酬及福利的檢討,由社服會委員成立薪酬檢討小組討論,社會服務總幹事在中層管理及中心會議與員工直接溝通,吸納意見,檢討在2018年中已經完成。社會工作員職級的薪酬表會依據公務員薪酬表訂立,同工均表示欣賞機構對員工的關顧。

 

以上改動均按本會財務狀況而建議,社服會會持續按整筆撥款手冊運用有關資源,現時本會整筆撥款的使用能有效及足够支持本會提供各項津助協議服務,而整筆撥款儲備亦按本會政策維持合適水平,有關本會核數報告已刊於機構年報及上載於網頁,供公眾人士參閱。

 

在此謹代表宣道會社會服務委員會向機構各位同事,感謝各位在宣道會的大家庭內,不單在專業服務上努力不懈,更以愛鄰舍的心服侍社區有需要的人士,作美好的見證!願一切榮耀都歸給我們天父的父上帝。

 

「你們是世上的鹽……。你們是世上的光。城造在山上是不能隱藏的。人點燈,不放在斗底下,是放在燈臺上,就照亮一家的人。你們的光也當這樣照在人前,叫他們看見你們的好行為,便將榮耀歸給你們在天上的父。」(馬太福音5︰13~16)

 

(轉載自基督教宣道會香港區聯會2018-19社會服務年報)


     

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)