Mrs. Helina Yuk

Council Member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises Limited (HKGCSE)

Director of H.K.S.K.H. Lady MacLehose Centre

Mrs. Helina Yuk is the council member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises Limited (HKGCSE). She is also the Director of H.K.S.K.H. Lady MacLehose Centre, an organization which delivers community oriented and integrated social services to meet the needs of Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing residents. During the past seventeen years, Mrs Yuk and her team has successfully acquired funding from different sources to support numerous innovative and proactive social services to the deprived families and targets, especially the unemployed, single-parent families, new immigrants from the Mainland China and the ethnic minority families in the community. Mrs. Yuk believes that running social enterprises is a way to create employment for the deprived targets and to help them achieve the ultimate goal of self-reliance.

Mrs. Yuk has intensive experience in operating and sustaining social enterprise. She started first with a self-financing canteen in H.K.S.K.H. Lady MacLehose Centre in 2000 to provide catering services for the community and to serve the retraining function for the needy. In the following years, Mrs. Yuk set up other social enterprises including Pet-Zone training and Practice Centre, Health Online and the Career Station. In 2006 and 2007, she began to run another two social enterprises for the ethnic minorities and women groups, selling hand-made handicrafts and accessories. These two social enterprises have drawn great attention from the public on their achievements as well as on the growth in number of participants that benefit from them. In June 2008, she successfully established the first NGO ethnic minority translation social enterprise called the “Hong Kong Translingual Service” and is now providing professional translation services to all hospitals under Hospital Authority, private medical sectors, government departments and business sectors. This venture has not only helped the community to better comply the legal requirement but also created working opportunities for ethnic minorities in the community.

Mrs Yuk joined the SE Chamber in 2010. She hopes that the Chamber can serve as an effective platform for all social enterprises to exchange their information and give impetus to the development of the social enterprises in Hong Kong.

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