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Phase 2 mental health scheme set

Eligible organisations are invited to apply for funding support for the implementation of mental health projects under the second phase of the Mental Health Initiatives Funding Scheme.   Non-governmental organisations receiving recurrent subvention from the Social Welfare Department, Hong Kong Council of Social Service agency members and tertiary institutions registered under the laws of Hong Kong may submit proposals to the Advisory Committee on Mental Health by August 3 for funding support.   Priority will be accorded to projects that fall into one of the five specified service areas: support for carers, support for children and adolescents with special educational needs, strengthening of family relationship, support for the elderly with mental health needs, and support for bereavement and grief management.   The application assessment will be based on the proposal submitted, taking into account the project’s strength, impact, design and feasibility as well as the applicant org

Senior appointments announced

The Government today announced four senior appointments.   Director of Marine Agnes Wong will succeed Donald Tong as Permanent Secretary for Transport & Housing (Housing)/Director of Housing on February 1.   Deputy Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development (Communications & Creative Industries) Carol Yuen will take up the post of Director of Marine on the same day.   Deputy Secretary for Development (Planning & Lands) Doris Ho will take up the post of Head, Policy Innovation & Co-ordination Office on January 18.   Deputy Commissioner of Rating & Valuation Kevin Siu will succeed Choi Lap-yiu, who will commence his pre-retirement leave, as Commissioner of Rating & Valuation on February 8.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said Miss Wong, Ms Yuen and Ms Ho are seasoned Administrative Officers with proven leadership and management skills.   “I have every confidence that they will serve the community with professionalism in their new capacities.”   Commenting on the appointment of Mr Siu, Mr Nip said he has proven management and leadership skills, as well as rich professional knowledge and experience in rating and valuation work.   “I am confident that he will be able to lead the Rating & Valuation Department to meet the challenges ahead."   Click here for their biographies.
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