2010-20142010-2014AgeingStrategicPhilanthropyRoundtable on Improving Elderly Services 2014

Roundtable Discussion 2014: Improving Services for Elderly

ZeShan Foundation, Hong Kong

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To better understand the growing needs brought about by Hong Kong’s ageing population, ZeShan Foundation held a roundtable discussion on April 4, 2014, which was attended by philanthropists and representatives of private foundations, service organizations, research institutions and social enterprises. Ms. Annie Chen, a second generation member of the Thomas Chen family and member of ZeShan Foundation’s Grants Committee, hosted the event.

Hong Kong is experiencing a rapidly ageing population. In 2012, 14% (1.02 million people) of the population was aged 65 or older; by 2041, that number will shoot up to 30% (2.56 million people) according to a projection by the government. Comprehensive services for the elderly rank high on the list of concerns for both the community and the government of Hong Kong.

The featured speaker of the event, Prof Alfred Chan, Chair of the Elderly Commission and Director of the Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies at Lingnan University began by emphasizing how support from private foundations for pilot projects can be instrumental for developing innovative service models and formulating enlightened policy agenda through effective advocacy. Prof. CHAN suggested forging a strong public-private partnership among government entities, private and corporate funders, service providers, and concerned groups in order to effectively leverage resources and create synergy between these different stakeholders.

Among the participants, Mrs. Mabel Lee, Board member of Simon K.Y. Lee Foundation, and Ms. Bella Luk, Executive Director of Helping Hand, shared their experience in developing and scaling innovative projects to enhance elderly services in selected communities. Ms. Doris Leung, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Cab, an award-winning social enterprise, shared her company’s lessons in creating impact through social innovation.

Moderated by Mr. Timothy Ma, Executive Director of Project Flame at the City University of Hong Kong, participants examined catalytic roles the philanthropic sector could play in creating impact in the development of elderly services. Emerging from the roundtable discussion, the general consensus was that there are great opportunities for collaboration across sectors in the field of elderly services.

Building on the momentum of the roundtable discussion, an ad-hoc working group was formed to follow-up on ideas brought up during this event and develop suggestions into actionable efforts.

圓桌討論會:改善長者服務 [2014]

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擇善基金會於2014年4月4日舉辦圓桌討論會,目的是探討目前長者服務的改善空間及促進該方面的公私營合作,為日後龐大的長者人口提供更完善的服務配套。陳氏家族成員兼擇善基金會董事陳恩怡女士代表擇善基金會,歡迎28位來自私人基金會、非牟利機構、教研組織,社會企業的代表和獨立慈善家參加會議,就議題分享經驗和交流意見。

根據政府統計數字,本地65歲及以上的長者人口將由2012年的102萬人(佔人口的14%),大幅上升至2041年的256萬人(佔當時人口的30%)。香港正逐步趨向老齡化,如何提升長者服務成為當前重要的社會議題。

討論會邀得香港安老事務委員會主席及嶺南大學亞太老年學研究中心總監陳章明教授、李國賢基金會董事局成員李黃眉波女士、伸手助人協會總幹事陸寶珠女士作主講嘉賓。陳教授指出私人資金對開拓各項試點計劃十分重要,可使具創新性的項目得以被政府吸納及擴展。李女士及陸女士均分享在推廣地區老人服務方面的實踐經驗。 社會企業「鑽的」行政總裁梁淑儀女士則分享其以經營社會企業模式提供服務的經驗。

會議由香港城市大學「火焰計劃-社會創新及企業精神在城大」執行總監馬錦華先生主持。馬先生建議加強私人資助者、企業、非政府機構及關注團體之間的合作夥伴關係,產生協同效應,有效地拓展服務範疇及加深工作成效。與會者認同跨界別的合作對長者服務的發展有十分正面的作用。

討論會在熱烈的氣氛下總結成果,大部分與會者同意成立緊密溝通的工作小組,以積極地推動本地長者服務的發展。

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