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It is a great pleasure that our service, “Household Maintenance Service for Single Parent Families” has been sponsored by Fu Tak Iam Foundation since June, 2008. The sponsorship has provided the resources for us to develop our service continuously. Now, let us introduce the details of the service to all of you.

 

We believe there will always be a group of needing people in the society who is waiting for our hands no matter how good or bad the economic climate is. The main targets of our service are the single parent families without a complete family structure. We are working hard to improve their living environment with limited resources. We provide them with simple household repairing services, including maintenance of water pipes, locks, door hinges, installation of lights, switches, curtains, racks, and new flat installation, such as laying plastic floor. Of course, we will also provide services to the low-income and CSSA families as they cannot get any assistance from other organizations.

Our voluntary lecturers are maintenance expertise. He teaches the knowledge in an easy-understanding way with the aid of lecture notes.

Our service is based on the spirit of “Helping yourself while helping others”. Our volunteers are all experienced in repairing works. While providing the service, they will explain and demonstrate the repairing works to the service recipients, in order to deliver the knowledge of household safety. If the volunteer think the service recipient has the ability to handle certain repairing works such as painting or changing door hinges, we will invite her/him to work together. We hope the service recipient can learn and further gain the sense of achievement during the process.

 

In one of our cases, the service recipient kept telling us “I know nothing. I don’t know how to manage such repairing works by myself.” But after she had tried to paint under the supervision of the volunteer, she found that she can handle it even her skill was not as good as the volunteer. In another case, our service recipient needed to lay plastic floor in her new flat. The volunteer taught her some simple skills and invited her to lead us to lay the first floor piece. That made the service recipient touching to drop tears. Till January 2009, we had provided services for 182 households and finished 214 home repairing items properly. At present, we have a total number of 108 volunteers in our repairing team.

 

The volunteer was demonstrating the painting procedures during a workshop

 

We understand the explanations during the service period may not be enough for the people who are really interested in learning repairing skills, so we also co-operate with different relevant organizations such as the Integrated Family Service Centers and other charity organizations among different districts, to hold some maintenance workshops. The workshops are targeting single parent families and low-income families. The workshops include 4 sections, water pipes, electronic devices, wood works and painting. The aim of the workshop is to deliver the practical skills, safety knowledge and even purchasing guidelines to the students. Our volunteer lecturer teaches the knowledge in an easy-understanding way with the assist of lecture notes. Meanwhile, we also display the tools and let the students try to use them. In the past 7 months, we had held 13 lectures and totally 155 students had joined.

 

 

The volunteer shows the skill on repairing. Maintenance ambassadors tried to do their repairing works with volunteer’s professional advice.

 

In addition, we have launched a program called "Maintenance Ambassador" and encourage our workshop students to join this program. The “Maintenance Ambassador” will follow the volunteer to visit our service recipient and carry out some simple repairing works under the supervision of volunteers. The program is aimed to provide practical exercises to the ambassadors in order to build up their skills and confidence. After a period of training, the volunteers will assess the ambassadors’ skill level and give them advice. Our final goal is to build up ambassadors’ motivation to help their neighbors with the skills they have learnt from the program. During this period, we cooperated with Wan Chai Integrated Family Service Center and trained 6 ambassadors.

 

In the coming days, we will keep giving our efforts and sincerity to serve the needing families in Hong Kong!

It is a great pleasure that our service, “Household Maintenance Service for Single Parent Families” has been sponsored by Fu Tak Iam Foundation since June, 2008. The sponsorship has provided the resources for us to develop our service continuously. Now, let us introduce the details of the service to all of you.

 

We believe there will always be a group of needing people in the society who is waiting for our hands no matter how good or bad the economic climate is. The main targets of our service are the single parent families without a complete family structure. We are working hard to improve their living environment with limited resources. We provide them with simple household repairing services, including maintenance of water pipes, locks, door hinges, installation of lights, switches, curtains, racks, and new flat installation, such as laying plastic floor. Of course, we will also provide services to the low-income and CSSA families as they cannot get any assistance from other organizations.

Our voluntary lecturers are maintenance expertise. He teaches the knowledge in an easy-understanding way with the aid of lecture notes.

Our service is based on the spirit of “Helping yourself while helping others”. Our volunteers are all experienced in repairing works. While providing the service, they will explain and demonstrate the repairing works to the service recipients, in order to deliver the knowledge of household safety. If the volunteer think the service recipient has the ability to handle certain repairing works such as painting or changing door hinges, we will invite her/him to work together. We hope the service recipient can learn and further gain the sense of achievement during the process.

 

In one of our cases, the service recipient kept telling us “I know nothing. I don’t know how to manage such repairing works by myself.” But after she had tried to paint under the supervision of the volunteer, she found that she can handle it even her skill was not as good as the volunteer. In another case, our service recipient needed to lay plastic floor in her new flat. The volunteer taught her some simple skills and invited her to lead us to lay the first floor piece. That made the service recipient touching to drop tears. Till January 2009, we had provided services for 182 households and finished 214 home repairing items properly. At present, we have a total number of 108 volunteers in our repairing team.

 

The volunteer was demonstrating the painting procedures during a workshop

 

We understand the explanations during the service period may not be enough for the people who are really interested in learning repairing skills, so we also co-operate with different relevant organizations such as the Integrated Family Service Centers and other charity organizations among different districts, to hold some maintenance workshops. The workshops are targeting single parent families and low-income families. The workshops include 4 sections, water pipes, electronic devices, wood works and painting. The aim of the workshop is to deliver the practical skills, safety knowledge and even purchasing guidelines to the students. Our volunteer lecturer teaches the knowledge in an easy-understanding way with the assist of lecture notes. Meanwhile, we also display the tools and let the students try to use them. In the past 7 months, we had held 13 lectures and totally 155 students had joined.

 

 

The volunteer shows the skill on repairing. Maintenance ambassadors tried to do their repairing works with volunteer’s professional advice.

 

In addition, we have launched a program called "Maintenance Ambassador" and encourage our workshop students to join this program. The “Maintenance Ambassador” will follow the volunteer to visit our service recipient and carry out some simple repairing works under the supervision of volunteers. The program is aimed to provide practical exercises to the ambassadors in order to build up their skills and confidence. After a period of training, the volunteers will assess the ambassadors’ skill level and give them advice. Our final goal is to build up ambassadors’ motivation to help their neighbors with the skills they have learnt from the program. During this period, we cooperated with Wan Chai Integrated Family Service Center and trained 6 ambassadors.

 

In the coming days, we will keep giving our efforts and sincerity to serve the needing families in Hong Kong!