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Ethnic minorities support service centre in Tuen Mun commences operation

     The third of the four support service centres for ethnic minorities, operated under the funding grant of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau (CMAB), commences operation today (August 1).

     The centre, located in Tuen Mun, is operated by Christian Action. It provides support services to ethnic minorities with a view to facilitating their integration into the community. It will offer a number of programmes for ethnic minorities including English and Cantonese language classes, youth tutorials, interest classes, employment support programmes and a women ambassador project. It also provides other services including sight translation, counselling and cultural sensitivity training to local groups.

     The centre is located at Shop 21, G/F, Tuen Mun Central Square, 22 Hoi Wing Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories. It operates six days a week except for public holidays. The operating hours are from 9.30 am to 9.30 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays.

     The first two support services centres, operated by the International Social Service – Hong Kong Branch and Yuen Long Town Hall, commenced operation in May and June respectively. The remaining centre, which will be operated by the Hong Kong Christian Service, is expected to commence its services soon.

     The four support service centres are provided with a total of about $8 million as one-off start-up costs and also operating expenses for two years at a total of about $16 million each year.

Ends/Saturday, August 1, 2009