Executive Director’s Message

executive director photoThis past year has seen some significant changes affecting Metta. The increasing number of Metta School students graduating into our Metta Alumni pool means that more effort is required to track and assist them. We hope to get more funding so that we can recruit more staff to run programmes for these 150 alumni from Metta School.

Our Arts@Metta workshop has started accepting graduates with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the results have been encouraging. The growing number of corporate partners for the Arts@Metta CSR programme continues to be an important source of encouragement. We are deeply grateful for their continued support and look forward to more partnerships in the future.

Another significant change was the winding down of The Happy Arts café. This paves the way for the handing over of the training of suitable Metta School graduands to a relevant partner. Through this arrangement, our graduands will work towards WSQ certification in baking, food preparation and food service. We wish them all the best in this exciting new phase in their lives.

The haze in June 2013 had a significant impact on our operations. All our centres had to quickly introduce measures to minimise the adverse effects from the haze. Since then, we have strengthened our procedures to deal with the haze should it occur again. Our centres’ activities may be curtailed or even closed if the situation warrants it. We appeal to all our clients for their understanding and forbearance. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our staff and volunteers for rallying during this time, and demonstrating true resourcefulness and resolve.

On this note, I want to make a special mention of our staff; the everyday heroes who are motivated by a mission larger than themselves. They are crucial to our organisation, and we value them. As such, we conducted a staff salary review to keep pace with current levels in the charity sector. We also introduced new staff welfare initiatives to retain and train our people.

Apart from upgrading our people, we also upgraded our facilities. The renovations at Metta Home and repainting of Metta Building have resulted in more pleasant surroundings for beneficiaries and staff.

Finally, I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all our donors, volunteers, staff and management committee and other committee members for their guidance, support and contributions. May you receive manifold blessings of peace and love.

过去这一年慈光福利协会经历甚些变动。随年增加的慈光学校毕业生需要更多的就业辅助。因此我们也积极筹募更多资金来增加人力资源,负责为这150名毕业生安排活动和就业机会。

本协会的 “慈光展艺” Arts@Metta工作坊已开始慈光学校的自闭症毕业生参与,成绩相当理想。让人鼓舞的是 “慈光展艺” 也得到多个企业合作伙伴的赞助与支持。我们对此深表感恩并期待更多合作机会。

另一项改变就是把悦艺苑素食轩的生意结束。慈光学校毕业生的技能培训将移交给企业合作伙伴。这样学员们可以一面学习,一面考取WSQ认证的烘焙,食品处理和餐饮服务的相关证书。我们祝贺他们展开令人振奋的新学习旅程。

今年六月的烟雾影响到我们的运作,所有中心都尽快实行措施减少烟雾的负面影响,同时加强应对烟雾的程序。如有必要,中心的活动和运作将会减少或停止。我们谨此希望中心的收益者和看护谅解。我也要感谢所有员工和志愿者的通力合作,在这段时间充分表现了他们的应变能力和决心。

有鉴于此,我要特别表扬我们的员工。他们就如英雄志士,为了更大的使命做出超越自我的付出和贡献。因此我们进行了薪金检阅以便确保我们的薪金框架能跟上慈善机构的薪金趋势。同时,我们也实施额外的员工福利和提供更多培训机会来留住员工。

除了提升员工的素质,我们也改进现有的设施。乐陶苑的装修和慈光聚缘阁的粉刷为受益者和员工提供更优良的环境。最后,我要向所有捐赠者,志愿者,员工和管委成员致谢。祝他们福寿吉祥,平安幸福

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