Established in the 1950s, the Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Kowloon Centre at Ho Man Tin has been offering Christian education programmes, youth development programmes and family services for many people in the community. In the early years, it also served to provide safe and affordable accommodation for low income girls and new arrival women.
However, the ageing Kowloon Centre was no longer able to meet the increasing demand for quality services in terms of space and facilities. The Club’s Charities Trust therefore agreed in 2012 to provide YWCA with a donation of over HK$130 million to enable a comprehensive renovation of the Centre.
The revitalised building, now renamed YWCA Jockey Club Social Service Building, was officially opened on 10 March, offering multiple services for local elderly residents, youth and families.
The majority of the Trust’s donation has gone towards upgrading the YWCA’s Kowloon Social Service Hub which occupies the ground to fifth floors of the building.
The Hub comprises the YWCA Jockey Club Y Care Elderly Centre which offers daytime elderly care services; the YWCA Jockey Club Y Evergreen Learning Centre which provides continuing education, volunteer and social support groups for younger seniors; the YWCA Jockey Club Family Wellness Centre which organises family enrichment and wellness programmes; and the YWCA Jockey Club Y Plus+ Talent Development Centre which offers youth development training.
In addition, the donation has enabled two 14-seater vehicles to be purchased to provide transport for users of the YWCA Jockey Club Y Care Elderly Centre.
The revitalised YWCA Jockey Club Social Service Building incorporates a number of green features to achieve energy savings and help ensure sustainable operations. It is expected to benefit over 13, 000 people annually.