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Supporting Domestic Violence Victims

109.       Over the past few years, we have allocated additional resources to strengthen the preventive and support services for victims of domestic violence and families in need. In the coming year, we will put in place a new programme to provide victims with emotional support and relevant information on legal proceedings and community services.

Social Enterprises

110.       Through the joint efforts of the Government, business sector and charitable organisations, social enterprises have created employment opportunities for the disadvantaged and promoted a caring culture. I am pleased to see the community establish organisations of social enterprises on their own initiative. These organisations, including the Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises and the Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum, can facilitate experience sharing and co-operation among the enterprises. The Secretary for Home Affairs will set up a Social Enterprise Advisory Committee to advise the Government on the development of social enterprises. We will enhance cross-sector collaboration by encouraging more management experts to join the mentorship scheme and forging partnerships between social enterprise operators and commercial organisations or professionals. We will encourage tertiary institutions to participate in nurturing social entrepreneurs, and continue to engage various sectors in promoting the development of social enterprises.

Supporting Job Seekers

111.       To support job seekers, the Government will set up a pioneer one-stop employment and training centre in Tin Shui Wai to integrate the services of various organisations. To help those living in remote areas find a job, we will, on a trial basis, lend NGOs search terminals connected to the extensive employer network and job vacancy database of the Labour Department (LD). The LD will also disseminate information on job vacancies and job fairs via Short Message Service to job seekers registered with the department. Last February, the LD set up a recruitment centre for the catering industry. Given the encouraging results, the department will establish a recruitment centre for the retail industry in mid-2010.




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