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In 2013-14, the OGCIO provided funding to organise outreach programmes for elderly with limited mobility and hidden elderly to arouse their awareness of and interest in using ICT to broaden their social circles and improve their quality of life.

The OGCIO openly invited non-profit organisations to submit proposals in October 2013. Out of the seven project proposals received, three were selected for implementation from March 2014 to December 2014.

Thirty-eight elderly homes throughout the territory were visited with over 1 000 elderly persons served via these projects. Outreach visits, in particular, were arranged for hidden elderly in the community. With the help of social workers and volunteers, some 120 hidden elderly persons had learnt the use of ICT to improve their quality of life and connect to the society.

Target Beneficiaries

Institutionalised elderly and hidden elderly

Funded Projects

Project Title Description Funded Organisation
  • To visit the institutionalised elderly and teach them the use of tablets;
  • To arrange for volunteers to visit the hidden elderly;
  • To organise an “ICT Day” at residential care homes for the elderly and their families;
  • To circulate tablets among the residential care homes for rotational use;
  • To set up booths on the street to recruit hidden elderly; and
  • To organise competitions, an appreciation ceremony and sharing sessions.
Po Leung Kuk
  • To facilitate residential care homes in setting up mobile facilities and organising training activities;
  • To arrange for social workers and volunteers to visit the hidden elderly and to teach them the use of tablets;
  • To train up youths, women and elderly volunteers to assist with the related activities; and
  • To organise a “Digital Inclusion Fun Day” for the institutionalised elderly and hidden elderly.
Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service – Hong Kong
  • To allow institutionalised elderly to learn and experience the use of ICT;
  • To set targets for participants and encourage them to achieve such targets through awards;
  • To organise outreach visits and teach hidden elderly the use of ICT according to their individual needs and learning progress;
  • To arrange for volunteers to design customised photo albums for each participant; and
  • To organise an appreciation ceremony and sharing sessions.
Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council