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
(Registered Social Worker)
We are seeking a high-caliber candidate to fill the position of Case Manager. Our office is in Tai Kok Tsui.
- 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.
● 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 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
• 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: email@example.com
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
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.
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
Our Access to Justice team, together with some of our clients, visited the Court of Final Appeal on February 28 and March 1 to observe proceedings related to migrant mothers and the rights of their Hong Kong permanent resident children.
MEET OUR VOLUNTEER – GRACE DAVIS
Say hi to Grace Davis in this edition’s “Meet our Volunteer”! Grace is a Senior Manager on the Group Insurance Marketing team at HSBC and has been a valuable volunteer over the past year, helping us write PathFinders’ marketing strategy to focus on creating awareness and empathy about the work we do.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT PATHFINDERS?
I was researching volunteer opportunities on various sites and I came across Pathfinders.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO VOLUNTEER AT PATHFINDERS?
I was immediately inspired by their mission (although obviously slightly saddened that it’s even an issue in the first place).
WHAT DID YOUR VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE AT PATHFINDERS ENTAIL?
I wrote PathFinders’ marketing strategy which focused on creating awareness and empathy about the work that PathFinders does to drive donations in terms of time and money. I worked closely with the Fundraising and Communications teams at PathFinders and spent several meetings listening to the organisation’s goals and also undertook my own research about what current marketing activity was taking place to define a simple and easy to implement marketing strategy.
One of the key things I am really proud of as a result is much better, more frequent and relevant engagement on social media channels. Followers on Instagram have increased almost 50% since August last year and LinkedIn followers have increased by 23%.
I also was lucky enough to volunteer at the PathFinders fundraising dinner last year too where I saw first-hand the generosity and spirit of Hong Kong as well as the opportunity to see the Unsung Heroes choir perform who were amazing!
WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE ORGANISATION/NATURE OF THE WORK?
Gosh – where to start. Probably the first and most shocking is just how big an issue the plight of migrant mothers can be in Hong Kong. But I also witnessed the unwavering dedication of the team at PathFinders to address the issue and I also had the privilege of meeting some of PathFinders’ clients and their children.
DO YOU HAVE A MASSAGE FOR OTHER PEOPLE AT CORPORATES LOOKING TO VOLUNTEER?
Think about your unique set of skills that you use on a day to day basis e.g. from marketing, sales, finance, to business planning and how they may help. These are things which large corporates have huge departments to take care of but often in NGOs it’s one person who double or triple hats across multiple disciplines so to be able to offer your skills or work on a specific project on a pro bono basis can be of huge benefit.
Even if you can’t volunteer, take the time to share NGO updates on social media to your network as this is a really simple and free way to help NGOs get their message out.
PathFinders’ CEO Catherine Gurtin, together with PathFinders’ Co-director of Services Jessica Chow, attended a meeting with Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung at the end of a busy first week for our new CEO.
Mr. Cheung and representatives from the Security Bureau and Labour and Welfare Departments updated PathFinders and other NGOs on the government’s Trafficking in Persons Action Plan which was launched last year.
PathFinders’ mothers and children enjoyed several engaging and insightful workshops led by Christy Themar from Next Chapters in January. The workshops covered topics including ‘Conflict Management’, ‘Decision Making’ and ‘Preparing your Child for Schooling’ and were delivered with great enthusiasm.
The team at PathFinders is extremely grateful to Christy for providing enriching information on the topic of parenthood to our beneficiaries.
Thank you so much Next Chapters for your incredible support over the past few years!