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Elderly Care

The U3A Network of Hong Kong

Funded by the HK Electric Centenary Trust and administered by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), the U3A (University of 3rd Age) Network of Hong Kong was established in 2006 to encourage local retirees to pursue lifelong learning and contribute to the community through volunteering.

Upholding the "learning for pleasure" principle, U3A is not bound by accreditation, assessment or any qualifications to be gained, but rather advocates interest-based and self-initiated learning. Classes are taught and run by elders for the elders.

According to a social impact assessment conducted by CSR Asia on the programme, 98% of U3A participants have achieved or maintained an active or extremely active level of social engagement after joining the network. 75% of participants have become more confident in sharing views with others, boosting their confidence and self-esteem.

To further encourage lifelong learning and volunteerism among the local retired population, HK Electric and HKCSS launched the Smart Power Ambassadors Training in 2018 to educate elderly citizens on energy efficiency and help spread green messages in the community.

For more details on the U3A and the Outstanding Third Age Citizens Award, please refer to the press releases and fact sheet below:

The U3A Network of Hong Kong

Press Releases

Publications

Outstanding Third Age Citizens Awards

Press Releases

Publications

CAREnJOY for the Elderly

Partnering with districts councils and nine elderly service agencies on Hong Kong Island, and joined by rural committees on Lamma Island, HK Electric extends its care to the elderly through the "CAREnJOY" programme.

The programme also promotes mutual support in the neighbourhood, where senior citizens are recruited and trained as ambassadors to encourage other elderly to join local service centres, so that they are connected to community support and know where to seek help if needed.

Visits to single elders and district-based electrical safety talks cum gatherings are held on Hong Kong and Lamma islands. Material aids in the form of daily necessities are provided during monthly visits. HK Electric volunteers are also making use of their expertise to inspect the electrical installations in the elders' homes, and to share energy safety and efficiency tips.

In 2019, during home visits and district-based talks, senior citizens will be encouraged to do exercises good for the brain, and will receive tips on how to prevent dementia. Tangrams, a traditional Chinese puzzle, are specially produced as souvenirs to help stimulate the creativity of elders.

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U3A Completion Ceremony (2019)U3A Completion Ceremony (2017)U3A Completion Ceremony (2016)

U3A Completion Ceremony (2019)

U3A Completion Ceremony (2017)

U3A Completion Ceremony (2016)

Top 10 Smart Power Ambassadors pictured with their star tutors and the officiating guests in the 2018 - 2019 U3A Completion Ceremony.

Top 10 Smart Power Ambassadors pictured with their star tutors and the officiating guests in the 2018 - 2019 U3A Completion Ceremony.

More than 130 U3A students participated in the Smart Power Ambassadors Training programme in 2018. The training incorporated green education with life-long learning and volunteerism advocated by the U3A.

More than 130 U3A students participated in the Smart Power Ambassadors Training programme in 2018. The training incorporated green education with life-long learning and volunteerism advocated by the U3A.

U3A students visited Lamma Power Stations to learn about green energy during the Smart Power Ambassadors Training programme.

U3A students visited Lamma Power Stations to learn about green energy during the Smart Power Ambassadors Training programme.

CAREnJOY supports SWD's Dementia Friendly Community Campaign and help promote dementia prevention during home visits and safety talks.

In 2019, CAREnJOY supports Social Welfare Department's Dementia Friendly Community Campaign and help promote dementia prevention during home visits and safety talks.

Officiating guests celebrate the U3A 13th anniversary with more than 300 U3A students, families and friends. (2019)

Officiating guests celebrate the U3A 13th anniversary with more than 300 U3A students, families and friends. (2019)

U3A students demonstrate their sporty side and learning spirit to the officiating party who include Professor John Leong (back row L1), Mr. Wan Chi-tin (back row R1) and Chua Hoi-wai (front row R1).

U3A students demonstrate their sporty side and learning spirit to the officiating party who include Professor John Leong (back row L1), Mr. Wan Chi-tin (back row R1) and Chua Hoi-wai (front row R1).

Orientation Camp for U3A student leaders

Orientation Camp for U3A student leaders

Sharing session for U3A students

Sharing session for U3A students

U3A students showing off their talents at the Completion Ceremony

U3A students showing off their talents at the Completion Ceremony

o	Representatives from District Councils and elderly service agencies join Under Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr. Caspar Tsui (8th from right) and Mr. Francis Cheng (9th from left) in celebrating the CAREnJOY 10th anniversary.

Representatives from District Councils and elderly service agencies join Under Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr. Caspar Tsui (8th from right) and Mr. Francis Cheng (9th from left) in celebrating the CAREnJOY 10th anniversary.

o	A total of 19 ‘Star Ambassadors’ were nominated to receive commendation at CAREnJOY 10th anniversary.

A total of 19 'Star Ambassadors' were nominated to receive commendation at CAREnJOY 10th anniversary.

Managing Director Mr. Wan Chi-tin (L3) officating at the CAREnJOY launching ceremony with other guests.

Managing Director Mr. Wan Chi-tin (L3) officating at the CAREnJOY launching ceremony with other guests.

Energy safety and efficiency tips are shared with single elders in district-based electrical safety talks cum gatherings.

Energy safety and efficiency tips are shared with single elders in district-based electrical safety talks cum gatherings.

HK Electric volunteers visit single elders with elderly ambassador.

HK Electric volunteers visit single elders with elderly ambassador.

Making purchases for single elders on bulky and heavy daily necessities.

Making purchases for single elders on bulky and heavy daily necessities.

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