Evangelical Lutheran Church Hong Kong - Social Service

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 September, 2005, 12:00am

Where: Room 301-302, Tai Tak House, Tai Yuen Estate, Tai Po

What: Set up in 1976, the charity has five centres offering a wide variety of community services to children, youths, the elderly, new arrivals, disabled people and other disadvantaged groups.

How: Visit www.elchk.org.hk/service or call 2665 2255 for more information. Volunteer jobs for teenagers include visiting elderly people during festivals or helping children from poor families with their homework.

Students in Form Five or above can reply to letters from children who write to 'Uncle Long Leg' for advice.

Volunteer: Crystal Wong Ching-ying, 20, hopes to become a social worker after doing voluntary work for more than three years.

'I've visited centres for elderly people. Many young people have the impression that old people are very stubborn and are quite difficult to deal with. But I've found that elderly people are like children as they get older.

They are very eager to learn. I've taught seniors how to use a computer. They were very happy to learn how to use the mouse and surf the internet.

I've also visited cancer patients. Through talking to them, I realised that we must treasure life. I've also led teenagers on a camping trip.

When I helped run a family camp, I saw parents preparing everything for their children and taking good care of them. It reminded me of my own parents, who also took good care of me when I was young.

Each of my voluntary experiences has helped me become more mature. Maintaining good relationships with others are is important because, if you feel sad, knowing that someone is there to help makes you feel stronger and more determined.

My aim in doing volunteer services is to help people. You need to have compassion.

For example, when you see people who are upset, you should try to understand the reason behind their behaviour, rather than getting angry with them.

I'm now doing counselling services for HKCEE students. In the past, social workers had comforted me during difficult times arising from the exam, so I'm doing my part to help others.'