We Care, We Serve& We Learn @ Tuen Mun
Funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, OSL launched the “We care, we serve & we learn @ Tuen Mun Programme” from November 2016. This 3-year program aims at working with community partners to address ageing issues in the district; training students to understand their roles and encouraging them to be more innovative and involved in social entrepreneurship; strengthening the social responsibility of the University and share information with other universities; and facilitating network building among different stakeholders and service-learning practitioners in Hong Kong and Asia for sharing the best practices in community engagement.
In 2017-18, the programme already served nearly 140,000 people from all walks of life in Tuen Mun and beyond. They participated or worked with students and faculty members of LU in more than 400 events and campaigns such as public lectures, performance arts and exhibitions, covering various topics, including active ageing, crime fighting, community health, healthy lifestyle, social innovation, start-up bootcamps, and inter-generation harmony. All the events and campaigns were well received by the public, the donors, and the community partners involved. One exemplar that firmly impacts the community is the inter-generational series held in the summer each year. In 2017, five campaigns were organized to facilitate the collaboration and communication between generations in Tuen Mun on different topics, including active ageing, home design, green funerals, etc. During these campaigns and activities, the elderly participants learned how the latest technological developments and policies could help them continue living life to the fullest, while students of LU learnt about the real needs of the elderly population in their daily lives.
Another highlight is the Think-Act-Contribute (TAC) Health Program, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of the relationship between younger and older generations, and promote healthy exercise and knowledge in the community. The project so far has successfully reaches hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries. Furthermore, OSL also selected a pool of TAC Health Leaders, to promote sustainable health-related knowledge sharing between trained individuals and their community.