Throughout the Covid-19 crisis we have seen the mental health and emotional wellbeing of the city's elderly at huge risk. More than 152,000 elderly in Hong Kong live alone, many of them waiting years for a spot in a government-subsidized care home. Each of these individuals has now lived much of the last few years in isolation and fear.
To help support the well-being of these vulnerable elderly, HandsOn launched GENERATION CONNECT, in partnership with The Hong Kong Club Foundation. Through this 5-month support program, Hong Kong families helped bring friendship, kindness and compassion into the life of an elderly person.
We now seek Cantonese-speaking families to join our next GENERATION CONNECT cohort! This was a change-making experience for the elderly people and families who took part last year.
Hear from our families
Hang Yuen Liu por por (婆婆): "The siblings are so sweet and thoughtful. When I mentioned I suffered from back pain during their visit, they rushed to me immediately and gently patted on my back. Although they live far away from my place, they’re still willing to spend the long commuting time to visit me every month. I’m so touched to have this supportive family as my buddy."
Kathy Cheng, volunteer mother: “Since joining this program, my children have matured and understand how to spread their love to others. They jot down the needs of the Por Por after each call, and remind me to buy the hand warmers to keep Por Por warm in Winter.”
Who can take part?
• Cantonese-speaking family volunteers—at least 1 child + 1 adult. More family members are welcome!
• This program is intended for child volunteers aged 5-12 to help instill compassion, purpose, and kindness.
• The HandsOn team will facilitate a support program of phone calls, virtual gift-making workshops, visits, and outings.
Support this meaningful program by signing up to join our information session and make a difference in someone's life. Thank you for your being such caring and "HandsOn" members of the community!