Within the Social Welfare Department, a central office for Volunteer Service was set up in September 1997 to develop volunteer service in a more coordinated manner though the launching of a Volunteer Movement. A computer database to capture information on individual and corporate volunteers and a Volunteer Service Enquiry Line was established to facilitate volunteer development. The “Volunteer Movement” was formally launched in 1998.
A District Co-ordinating Committee on Volunteer Service was set up in each of the 11 Districts under the Social Welfare Department to assist in implementing the strategies of the Volunteer Movement. The Committee will also take into account of its own characteristics and needs to coordinate the resources in promoting and enhancing the development of volunteer service in the locality.
Under the 11 District Co-ordinating Committees on Volunteer Service, the Social Welfare Department also set up the Designated offices on Volunteer Service in each of the 11 Districts. They will provide assistance and support to agencies or organizations having interest to set up volunteer teams and newly teams at the locality.
MovementSteering Committee on Promotion of Volunteer Service
We have set up a Steering Committee on Volunteer Movement since September 1999 (in 2003 renamed as Steering Committee on Promotion of Volunteer Service) which is responsible for working out the overall promotion strategies and plans on Volunteer Movement for Hong Kong. Members of this committee include representatives from different community sectors and various Government Departments.
The Overall Promotion Strategies on Volunteer Movement
- To cultivate a new concept for “volunteer” as a lively, interesting and multi-faceted activity so as to make volunteering part of our daily life;
- To step up publicity work so that more people can recognize the contribution of volunteers toward the community;
- To enlist support and participation from different sectors. Our primary target groups for this year are students, youth, corporates and all kinds of community organizations.
In order to launch the promotional activities targeted at students/youth, corporates and community organizations, the Steering Committee has set up 4 sub-committees. The organization chart is as follows: