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Meet our Volunteer – Linda Burgoyne

Meet our Volunteer – Linda Burgoyne

In this edition of our “Meet our Volunteer” series meet Linda Burgoyne, CEO at Matilda International Hospital. Linda is a qualified and experienced CEO with over 20 years’ experience in the Asia Pacific region and 4 years’ in the Middle East. She is passionate about patient-centric care and has proven success in engaging community partners whilst effectively maintaining an active role in professional organisations and charities. Thank you Linda for all your support!

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT PATHFINDERS?

I’d heard about PathFinders and wanted to find out more. When I visited I was handed a vulnerable  baby to hold…..I knew our staff at Matilda could help and the rest as they say is history!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO VOLUNTEER/SUPPORT PATHFINDERS?

I originally trained as a midwife so caring for mums and  babies is very personal to me. Matilda provides excellent maternity care and we are all willing  and committed to giving back to the community so it’s a great fit. PathFinders staff are truly passionate  – even my mother who lives in Wales and visited PathFinders once persuaded her friends to knit hats and winter jackets for the babies.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE ORGANISATION/NATURE OF THE WORK?

We’ve been actively involved in PathFinders’  access to healthcare programme which is a fantastic initiative providing access to vital medical services and bridging the gaps in the service provision. Matilda doctors provide antenatal check-ups, blood tests and a scan for mums and checks for ill  babies.

DO YOU HAVE A MASSAGE FOR OTHER PEOPLE AT CORPORATES LOOKING TO VOLUNTEER?

Often said but nevertheless still true – you always get more back than you give.

#volunteer #CEO #hospital #patientcare #partnership #midwife

 


International Children’s Day Collaboration with Malabar Baby and Asphodel

It was International Children’s Day last week!

To celebrate, Hong Kong baby brand Malabar Baby are bringing their beautiful products to Asphodeli for a month long pop-up.

Malabar Baby is known for its eco-friendly natural fabrics and hand-made block-printed bedding, towels, and pyjamas for children and now adults.

Visit the cafe and shop Malabar Baby’s collection, giving back a portion of sales to PathFinders’ beneficiaries.

Thank you Malabar Baby and Crossfit Asphodel for this exciting collaboration!

#collaboration #popup #products #ecofriendly#natural #bedding #pyjamas

 


PathFinders’ Gellin Byatt is Included on The Zubin Foundation’s “Diversity List: Youth to Watch”

Gellin Byatt, Programme Officer at PathFinders, was included on The Zubin Foundation’s prestigious “Diversity List: Youth to Watch”, a list of smart and talented individuals under the age of 35, born and raised in Hong Kong who are willing to serve on HKSAR Government advisory bodies.

This list is prepared by The Zubin Foundation (TZF), who is supporting the HKSAR Government in its goal to double the overall ratio of youth members advising the Government to 15% within the current-term administration.

The list was launched a few weekends ago and was presented to the HKSAR Government. Congratulations Gellin on this amazing achievement!

#diversity #youthtowatch #HKSAR #government #advisorybody #achievement

 


We’re looking for a Case Manager to join our team!

Case Manager
(Registered Social Worker) 

We are seeking a high-caliber candidate to fill the position of Case Manager. Our office is in Tai Kok Tsui.

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide comprehensive assistance (including crisis intervention and field work) to migrant workers who are pregnant and/ or have children in Hong Kong;
  • Accompany beneficiaries to ensure access to services including hospitals, Immigration Department, police stations, Legal Aid Department, Labour Department, Labour Tribunal, law firms, etc;
  • Introduce PathFinders’ services to beneficiaries and provide guidance to them in planning for her infant’s care, parenting options, future life options and to monitor the implementation of that plan;
  • Ensure that vulnerable children and their migrant mothers are protected and are safe from harm;
  • Conduct home visits as appropriate;
  • Provide counselling and emotional support to migrant women as appropriate;
  • Conduct individual assessments including assessments for shelter-admission purposes, attend shelter meeting regularly;
  • Liaise and build collaboration with NGO agencies, government departments, professionals and volunteers who offer services that assist vulnerable children and migrant women;
  • Educate the public on behalf of PathFinders on issues relating to migrant women and their children;
  • Develop close relationships with the migrant women community for the purpose of outreach to and education of this population;
  • Build issues-awareness, work with and monitor volunteers and interns in undertaking the above;
  • Conduct workshops and hold small group discussions as appropriate;
  • Respond to hotline enquires 
  • Meticulously and regularly document work in PathFinders’ case management system (SalesForce) including, in particular, case records, referrals, summary reports, statistics and meeting file notes for efficient case tracking, referral to lawyers and outside agencies data analysis, reporting and research purposes; and
  • Be comfortable collaborating and communicating with a small, dedicated team all of whom also need to be involved in certain aspects of office administration, programme development.

Requirements: 

    Diploma or above, Hong Kong registered social worker (RSW). 

    Excellent command of spoken and written English and either proficient in Cantonese/ Bahasa Indonesian. 

    5-day work, sometimes be required to work at weekends (with time off in lieu); 

    Keen to improve the welfare of children, migrant workers and pregnant women; 

    A positive thinker with a can-do attitude, willing to foster organisational and community development; 

    A good team communicator and player, a quick learner who is able to work under pressure and in a dynamic environment;

    Proficiency in PC and Smartphone operations including MC Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Whatsapp etc. Training on using SalesForce will be provided; 

Please send your resume including cover letter, with current and expected salary, and possible start day by email to jobs@pathfinders.org.hk
Applicants who do not hear from us in two weeks of application should consider their applications unsuccessful.
All information and personal data provided by applicants as part of this recruitment process will be treated in confidence and used for recruitment for this role only.
PathFinders is a committed equal opportunities employer.


Meet our Beneficiary – Alice*

As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations we are sharing stories about our beneficiaries. Today, meet Alice* who is from the Philippines and has a two-month old daughter, Rose*.

Thank you Alice for sharing your story and we wish you all the best in your return home to the Philippines!

* not her real name

#allchildrenmatter #PF10years #meetourbeneficiaries #returnhome #daughter #guidance #support

HOW DID PATHFINDERS HELP YOU WHEN YOU WERE PREGNANT AND AFTER YOU DELIVERED YOUR BABY?

I first heard about PathFinders when I was pregnant with my daughter Rose*. I informed my employer of my pregnancy when I was 3-months pregnant and they terminated my contract the next day. I didn’t receive any severance pay and didn’t even get my last month’s salary.

I had nowhere to go and felt so scared. I found a boarding house and slept in a room of around 10 ladies for a few months before hearing about PathFinders and moving into their shelter for the remainder of my pregnancy. My Case Manager was always so kind to me and patiently took me along to healthcare appointments and workshops, making sure I was taking good care of myself throughout my pregnancy. The PathFinders’ legal team also helped push for my outstanding salary and other entitlements from my ex-employer and arranged an extension of my visa so I could temporarily remain in Hong Kong.

HOW DID THE TEAM HELP YOU WITH YOUR RETURN HOME?

The PathFinders team helped secure a one-way ticket for me and my daughter Rose back to my home town in the Philippines and gave me advice on what to pack, when to head to the airport, how to care for my baby on the flight etc. I requested an evening flight as I want to arrive at my village in the dark so no one can see me with my new baby. I feel scared and ashamed.  I was touched by how the staff at PathFinders showed support for my fear and granted me this wish.

DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE TEAM AT PATHFINDERS?

I am so grateful for all the help PathFinders gave me at a time when I felt so lost and confused. They never judge a woman’s circumstances and simply wanted what is best for me. Because PathFinders helped to keep my visa valid I still have a chance to support my family on my own and hope to return to Hong Kong to work in the future.

 

We’re Hiring a Healthcare Professional

WE ARE HIRING!

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL: We are looking for a healthcare professional to join Pathfinders’ Access to Healthcare Team. Part time/flexible – 2 to 4 days/week

ABOUT THE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE TEAM: Our small Access to Healthcare Team help clients to get access to healthcare when they are denied by the public healthcare system. Through our Health Centre we perform basic antenatal check ups, basic newborn health screens, support and educate the mothers through pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and with baby care. We work together with a small team of doctors that sees our clients pro bono or to a reduced fee. We perform postnatal home visits to ensure that the child is brought up in a safe environment, and help the women to get access to contraceptives to prevent unplanned pregnancies.

Job responsibilities include:
• Provide basic medical pre- and postnatal check ups at PathFinders’ Health Centre. Lead supportive and empowering one-to-one talks with clients
• Perform postnatal home visits to clients and provide advice on breastfeeding, baby care, parenting and safety
• Accompany clients to Family Planning Association, Doctor appointments, and hospital visits
• Train and supervise programme volunteers and interns
• Collaborate and communicate with PathFinders’ multidisciplinary and multicultural team
• Continually evaluate effectiveness of our services and implement changes to the program as needed
• Develop and maintain relationship with healthcare organizations and providers
Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree, or higher in midwifery or nursing
• English is required, Cantonese or Bahasa Indonesian is a bonus
• Commitment to the mission and vision of PathFinders
• Flexibility in travel throughout Hong Kong with occasional weekend and evening hours required

To apply: Please send your CV including cover letter, current and expected salary and possible start day to: Lisa Ringner Naeckter, Access to HealthCare programme Manager at PathFinders, by email: lisa@pathfinders.org.hk

All information and personal data provided by applicants as part of this recruitment process will be treated in confidence and used for recruitment for this role only. PathFinders is a committed equal opportunities employer. 


Meet our Volunteer – Dr. Yvonne Becher

Meet our Volunteer – Dr. Yvonne Becher

In this edition of our “Meet our Volunteer” series meet Dr. Yvonne Becher, Chief Executive and Director of Programme Development & Learning at the The Child Development Centre. Dr. Becher has extensive experience as a distinguished psychologist and maintains strong links to both academic and behavioural research, consulting on UNICEF projects and partnering with The University of Hong Kong – HKU – 香港大學 as a lecturer and on projects relating to early childhood development.

Yvonne comes in to to the PathFinders every month to help screen children for developmental delays – one afternoon she managed to see 14 children! Thank you Yvonne for your kind support!

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT PATHFINDERS?
By actively searching for organisations serving ethnic minority groups in Hong Kong to include in a research project.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO VOLUNTEER/SUPPORT PATHFINDERS?
Because I am glad to have a skill set that can help the PathFinders clientele.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE ORGANISATION/NATURE OF THE WORK?
It provides a crucial service to a marginalised group in Hong Kong.

DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR OTHER PEOPLE AT CORPORATES LOOKING TO VOLUNTEER?
Be in it for the long-term, even if it is sporadic; listen and learn to the life stories you are privileged to encounter; and never be judgemental.

#volunteer #consulting #skills #talent #psychology #research


Birthday Celebrations for our PathFinders Babies!

Our Access to Healthcare (A2H) team recently hosted a birthday party for all our PathFinders babies who just turned 1!  

Five children and their mothers joined the party.

We played games, ate cake, read story books and opened birthday presents which included books, toys and baby supplies.

Happy birthday PathFinders babies!

#birthday #presents #gifts #specialday #allchildrenmatter