Project Companion• Professional Social Workers in Greater China Scheme

In 2012, CECF joined Social Workers Across Borders to launch the "Project Companion • Professional Social Workers in Greater China Scheme" (Project Companion) with the aim of establishing and training a professional team of social workers to care for those affected by natural disasters. It also helps trainees acquire the knowledge and skills required for post-disaster support and other social services, such as crisis management, counselling and social worker skills.

The project was launched from 2012 to 2014 based in Wuhan, Chengdu and Harbin to recruit Hong Kong social workers and give training to social workers in Mainland China. The Project set up a Project Companion Team of 60 social workers who provided professional post-disaster counselling and support. Following the Sichuan earthquake, Project Companion immediately dispatched the Project Companion Team to affected areas, putting the Project into practice. The Project benefited more than 500 people in 2 years and widely welcomed by the society and supported by the government in different regions.