CEDARS Community Engagement Programme

The Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) is the main provider of co-curricular non-credit-bearing learning activities at HKU. Students engage in community service or advocacy projects which typically entail a process of training, service and reflection. CEDARS’ Community Engagement Programme strives to prepare students for lives of good citizenship and to promote key elements of the common good, by encouraging students to consider their own role in the society and their responsibilities within that community.

Programme Description

Due to COVID-19, visit to residential care homes for the elderly has been suspended and social interaction of the elderlies has become restricted. This programme aims to provide HKU students with an opportunity to serve the elderlies living in two residential care homes near HKU through thematic interactive activities, such as arts and culture (e.g. handicraft DIY, magic performance), health and mental wellness (e.g. stretching exercise, balanced diet), which will be held bi-weekly online or face-to-face (subject to the development of COVID-19). The ultimate aim of the programme is to promote community support and inter-generational integration.

Objectives:

  • To promote cross-generational relationship between HKU students and the elderlies;
  • To maintain social interaction of the elderlies through online or face-to-face thematic activities;
  • To promote the well-being of the elderlies physically and mentally; and
  • To convey care and support to the elderlies.

Community Partners

  • Two residential homes in Western district arranged by TWGHs Lok Ying Outreaching Allied Health Service (TWGHs LYOAHS), which is delegated by the Social Welfare Department to provide social and recreational activities, and different therapeutic services to the residents of private residential care homes for the elderly to enable the elderly persons to live in dignity and to promote their sense of worthiness.

Service Targets:

Elderly people living in two residential care homes near HKU

Programme Schedule

Briefing Session

28 January 2021 (Thu)

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

(via Zoom or in HKU)

* All participants must attend.

Service Sessions via Zoom or On-site

  • Participants will be divided into two teams. Each team will design and plan four online / face-to-face interactive activities for the elderlies living in one residential care home.
  • Submission of activity plans to CEDARS one week prior to each service session.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Wednesday

Team A (Residential Home 1)

1.      10 February 2021 (Wed)

2.      3 March 2021 (Wed)

3.      24 March 2021 (Wed)

4.      7 April 2021 (Wed)

Team B  (Residential Home 2)

1.      24 February 2021 (Wed)

2.      17 March 2021 (Wed)

3.      31 March 2021 (Wed)

4.      14 April 2021 (Wed)

Final Meet-up in the Residential Care Home / Mini-project Late April 2021
(depends on situations of COVID-19)
Submission of Feedback on Learning Experience to CEDARS 28 April 2021 (Wed)

Roles and Responsibilities of HKU Students

  • Join the briefing session;
  • Work in a small teams to design and lead the online or face-to-face service activities;
  • Share and make use of your knowledge, skills and talents in the programme to bring fun and love to the elderlies; and
  • Provide feedback on the service activities and overall programme.

Learning Outcomes for HKU Students

  • Increase understanding on the aging population in Hong Kong;
  • Increase acceptance and concern for the elderlies in local community;
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply your talents, knowledge and skills to design and organize activities suitable for the elderlies ;
  • Enhance your communication skill, team work and cooperation skill with their HKU peers; and
  • Develop a greater sense of social responsibility and help promote a caring community.

Who Can Join

Full-time HKU students who:

  1. Can communicate in Cantonese;
  2. Have a passion to serve the elderly population in Hong Kong;
  3. Can contribute time, knowledge and skills to design and implement creative activities to engage the elderly through online communication or face-to-face mode;
  4. Committed, responsible and capable of working in small teams; and
  5. Can complete all the activities listed under the Programme Schedule.

Application

Apply online on or before 22 January 2021 (Friday). Successful applicants will be notified by CEDARS on or before 12 noon, 26 January 2021.

Feedback on Learning Experiences

Participants are required to provide feedback on their learning experiences after every service session and completion of the whole programme in the form questionnaires.

Rewards

Students who complete 80% of activities would receive a certificate. Those contribute 20 hours or more are also eligible to apply for the Credit Award Scheme for Out-of-classroom Learning Experiences.

Enquiries

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact Student Development Team of CEDARS at cedars-programmes@hku.hk.