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Centre for Harmony and Enhancement of Ethnic Minority Residents (CHEER)

Centre for Harmony and Enhancement of Ethnic Minority Residents (CHEER)

Background and Objectives

Centre for Harmony and Enhancement of Ethnic Minority Residents (CHEER) has been funded by the Home Affairs Department (HAD) since 2009 for providing accessible services to ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. Through the provision of interpretation service and multi-dimensional programmes, CHEER aims at achieving the following objectives:

  1. To assist the ethnic minorities in knowing and accessing essential public services and resources.
  2. To enhance the ethnic minorities’ proficiencies in Chinese and English.
  3. To enhance the ethnic minorities’ capacity in problem-solving and adjustment in Hong Kong.
  4. To promote social inclusion and integration in Hong Kong.

Service Targets

All ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, and all organisations serving ethnic minority persons.

Service Application

  • All ethnic minorities persons can call the TELIS Hotlines, whatsapp or visit our Centre to enroll to use our services for free. Our services include interpretation service, language and integration programmes (click for details), counselling, guidance and referral services.

  • All organisations serving ethnic minority persons can call the TELIS Hotlines, email or fax requests to the Centre during operation hours. Our services include interpretation and translation services (Fees are waived for NGOs and all non-profit-making kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, colleges as listed in the EDB), free briefing sessions about interpretation & translation services and cultural awareness (Download Form: DOC | PDF ).

Service Withdrawal

Service users can exit our services by giving a verbal request for termination to our staff.

Service Content

Telephone Interpretation Service (TELIS) & Telephone Interpretation Service Appointment (TELISA)

Monday to Sunday: 8:00am - 10:00pm

Interpretation support can be provided to urgent matters out of operation hours (10pm to 8am on Monday to Sunday, and on public holidays); Ethnic minorities service users and service providers in need of interpretation support for urgent matters can call our TELIS hotlines in which our English-speaking staff will answer your call.

(Download form: DOC | PDF )

Telephone Interpretation Service (TELIS) Hotlines

Bahasa Indonesia

Nepali

Urdu

Punjabi

3755 6811

3755 6822

3755 6833

3755 6844

Tagalog

Thai

Hindi

Vietnamese

3755 6855

3755 6866

3755 6877

3755 6888
Public service providers (Direct line)
3755 6800



Drop-in Service

Monday to Saturday: 9:00am - 9:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

(Closed on public holidays)


Whatsapp & Interpretation Service (WSIS) 

Whatsapp & Interpretation Service (WSIS) provides verbal interpretation for short notices in English received from ethnic minority persons.


Monday to Saturday:  9am - 9pm

Sunday: 9am - 5pm

(Closed on public holidays)

*Can use this service via whatsapp to 5634 4587.


Bridging Service (BS)

Bridging Service (BS) assists ethnic minority service users to inform their service providers to arrange for interpretation services in their future appointments. 


Monday to Saturday:  9am - 9pm

Sunday: 9am - 5pm

(Closed on public holidays)

On-site Interpretation Service (OIS) 

Face-to-face interpretation (spoken) when our interpreters are present physically in the same place as the service provider and the EM user. 


Monday to Friday: 10am - 6pm

Saturday: 10am - 2pm

(Closed on Sunday and public holidays)

* Service requests are made by organisations serving ethnic minority persons. 

(Download Form: DOC | PDF



Simultaneous Interpretation Service (SIS) 

Face-to-face interpretation when our interpreters are present physically in the same place as the service providers and the EM users. It gives support to service providers on transmitting essential information to respective groups of EM users in workshops and seminars.


Monday to Friday:  10am - 6pm

Saturday: 10am - 2pm

(Closed on Sunday and public holidays)

* Service requests are made by organisations serving ethnic minority persons.

(Download Form: DOC | PDF )



Translation Service (TS) & Proof-reading Service (PS) 

This service is applicable to organisations serving ethnic minority persons.  Apply for the service at least 14 working days in advance. 

(Download Form: DOC | PDF )

Arrangement of services during typhoon signal No.8 or Black rainstorm signal 

When typhoon signal No.8 or Black rainstorm signal is issued or expected to be issued, our centre will be closed and all interpretation services will be suspended. Our staff will contact those who booked TELISA and EIS to make a new booking.


Others

This programme is sponsored by the Home Affairs Department. 

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