Programme launched to promote inter-generational collaboration and active ageing
The launching ceremony of the Jockey Club “We Care, We Serve & We Learn @ Tuen Mun” Programme was held on campus on 20 March. The 3-year programme is organised by the University’s Office of Service-Learning, and supported by a donation of HK$8 million by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The Ceremony was honoured by the presence of Mr Simon Ip Shing-hing, Deputy Chairman of the Council and President Leonard K Cheng of Lingnan University, and Ms Winnie Ying, Executive Manager of Charities (Grant Making – Youth, Education & Training, Poverty) of The Hong Kong Jockey Club as officiating guests.
The Jockey Club “We Care, We Serve & We Learn @ Tuen Mun” Programme will promote the concept of inter-generational collaboration and active ageing through working with different stakeholders including government departments, non-governmental organisations, academia and business partners, and create a cross-sectoral collaborative Service-Learning platform. Its objectives are to work with community partners to address ageing issues in the district; train students to understand their roles and encourage them to be more innovative and involved in social entrepreneurship; strengthen the social responsibility of the University and share information with other universities; and facilitate network building among different stakeholders and Service-Learning practitioners in Hong Kong and Asia for sharing the best practices in community engagement.
In the coming three years, the Programme will promote Service-Learning schemes and facilitate cross collaboration among faculty members, students and community partners to build better elderly services for the community, and to train students as future elder care givers. It will organise regular trainings, forums and symposiums for the elders and different stakeholders in the community to stimulate innovative ideas and facilitate development that meet the needs of society.