General Secretary Qiu Zhonghui with consultants of the Amity Social Service Network
To further promote the development of church-run social service institutions, the Amity Foundation formed a strategic alliance with the institutions and initiated the establishment of the Amity Social Service Network.
With a focus on church-run social service institutions in Jiangsu Province, the network connects Christian social service institutions in 8 provinces, namely Liaoning, Shanxi, Shandong, Henan, Hebei, Zhejiang, Anhui and Shaanxi. The establishment of the network aims to conduct training and research on church-run social services and facilitate the provision of professional, standard, and specialized services. The network functions as a platform serving 4 major purposes:
- communication & sharing
- training & support
- consulting & evaluation
- promoting & development.
On March 15th, 2012, the Amity Social Network was established with 28 initial member institutions. By the end of 2012, the number of member institution increased to 35. In 2012, the Amity Social Service Network organized four training workshops according to the needs of church-run social service institutions. The workshops covered best practices of elderly care, elderly caring service management, elderly care skills, and disability ministry. Experts from Jiangsu Province, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States lectured the workshops, attracting 206 participants from nine provinces in mainland China.
Trainings and workshop topics included basic and diaconal theory, practice of social service, service for the elderly, AIDS awareness, drug treatment, youth care, marriage and family, peace skills, voluntary service, environmental protection, disaster relief.