One of the important recommendations in the “Blueprint for the Development of Youth Issues and Services in the Macao Special Administrative Region” in 2005, published by The Social Welfare Bureau of Macao SAR Government, is the establishment of the “Youth and Family Integrated Service Centre” based on the existing youth services. While providing developmental activities and counselling services, the centre also plays a role of family support in the community in order that the adolescents can receive sufficient and proper family support, as well as healthy development during their growth.
With the continuous development in the new city of Taipa in recent years, new public and private buildings have been completed one after another, therefore the demand for youth and family services is strong. After the public tender, the Sheng Kung Hui Macao Social Services Coordination Office hosted the first “Youth and Family Integrated Service Centre” in Taipa with honour.
Adhering to our service tenet of “Individual Care, Professional Services, Peer Growth and Creativity Update”, we provide one-stop and diversified social services for the residents in Taipa to meet their needs. Through different methods, we strengthen their personal and family functions, build social consensus and strength, strengthen the support networks and develop social capital. We also encourage residents to participate in the community and foster a sense of belonging ness so as to build a healthy, positive and caring community for the youth and their family members in the Taipa district jointly.
The centre provides services to children and adolescents in the Taipa district, and their families and community members. The service targets include students from the schools and workers in Taipa district and:
1. Children (under 12 years), adolescents (13-17 years old, including at school, employed and unemployed), youth (18-29 years old) as well as their family members;
2. Prospective married couples, married couples, prospective parents and parents, providing help to perform the different tasks of each family development stage in order to improve the family functions;
3. Community members in Taipa