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About Us

The “CARE College” is an innovative project initiated by the Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service (BOKSS) in 2019. It aims to promote carer support services through providing specialized trainings to frontline professionals.

In June 2020, thanks to the sponsorship from the Community Chest of Hong Kong, the implementation of "CARE College" Project is now in top gear. Co-created by the Integrated Elderly Services and Integrated Mental Health Services, this project adopts a brand-new "academy" model in responding to the divert and changing needs of carer support services in the field.

Mission

The CARE college aims at providing trainings on seamless support services, to carers, caregiving professionals and workers and the related agencies in Hong Kong. Our courses are designed with the needs of carers in mind, covering carer identification, needs assessment, care planning, peer support services, and advocacy. Raising public awareness to the wide spectrum of needs of different carers across different age ranges, including the young carers is also an essential part of our approach. We tailor information and tools useful for coping with the complex interplay of demands of caregiving to care recipients and self-care of carers. We are fully aware of the invaluable experience and expertise of carers in their caring journey and tap on these assets through co-production in the design and running of our training courses. Though our current offerings cover mainly services to carers of the elderly and people with mental health needs, we understand that there are similar needs for carers to different groups of disabled persons. We will partner with service providers and stakeholders from these group for betterment of support to their carers.

Objectives

  1. Providing a series of trainings to caregiving professionals and workers, equipping them with the necessary attitude, sensitivity, knowledge, awareness, and skills to be competent in providing care labor as well as making appropriate and adequate referrals to available resources and services.
  2. Through trained frontline professionals, promoting a self-caring and self-acknowledging culture amongst carers. Encouraging carers to take care of their own physical, psychological, and spiritual needs; enabling carers to identify their abilities, resources, strengths, resilience, and needs correctly; promoting holistic care plan for carers, as well as recognizing potential needs and risks. Supporting holistic care and establishing a healthy and supporting network for carers’ self-care. Preparing them to plan for contingencies/emergencies and to transitions along the caring journey.
  3. Launching public education programmes and other services to promote awareness on carers, their roles, their needs, available resources, services, and useful information that foster a carer friendly community as well as mobilizing the active public participation in promoting such development.
  4. Riding on the experience and expertise of carers to develop peer support and mentorship programmes and co-produce course materials and conduct training courses to turn firsthand information and experience into actual practices; and
  5. Providing a support network for carers personal growth and discovery. Helping them to realize their strength and potential throughout their participation.
  6. Empowering them to become self- appreciative and self-compassionate. Enriching their caretaking experience and building their resilience in life.  

 

C
Care
“CARE” realizes the essential elements necessary for supporting the needs of carers.
A
Accessible
Promote accessibility of carers to information, resources, skills, knowledge, and services relevant to their needs.
R
Rediscovery + Resilience + Research
We walk with carers.
Helping them realize their own families’, and community’s strengths; strengthening the carers’ and their families’ resilience; and basing on the research and empirical evidence, we adapt our initiatives and services to respond to the divert and changing needs of the carers.
E
Empowerment + Experiential
Carers’ experience and active participation are pivotal in CARE college’s development. We emphasis in collaborating with carers and consolidating their experiences throughout different stages of the program.
Our Focus
First
Carer Aware
This level is for all workers (including volunteers) who may come into contact with the public and therefore carers. This supports the Carers Strategy vision that ‘it is everybody’s job to identify and support carers.’
Second
Carer Together
This level is for all workers who have regular contact with carers and families, or who have a specific role in carer support.
Third
Planning with Carers as Equal Partners
This level is for those with a leadership role in planning, shaping, delivering or commissioning services. This may include workforce education and learning and supporting staff.