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Social Service Office opens in Bedok

Bedok SSO aims to help residents in the area access services by different service providers, some with niche specialisations.

SINGAPORE: The first Social Service Office (SSO) in Bedok will serve as an one stop service centre for one of the largest and most elderly communities in Singapore, said adviser for Kampong Chai Chee, Mr Lee Yi Shyan at the official opening of the SSO on Thursday (Sep 4).

The SSO in Bedok will serve the community of 294,200 residents who stay in eight different areas including Eunos, Kaki Bukit, Siglap and Joo Chiat, where a quarter of the population is over 55.

Opening its doors earlier this June, the SSO in Bedok currently has 2,541 active cases and among those, half are residents aged between 34 and 54 years of age, and three in four cases are residing in one to three room HDB flats.

Citing the presence of many voluntary welfare organisations in Bedok with niche specialisations, a situation which often causes referrals between different service providers, Mr Lee said that the SSO would help to reduce these issues.

“The opening of the SSO here will provide that common interface, that when (residents) come here, (they will be able to have access to) the services offered by about 80 organisations. This really shows our determination to want to reach out to the last mile, so to speak, to provide very specific service for the very specific needs of the residents,” said Mr Lee, who is also the Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and the Ministry of National Development.

The Social Service Office at Bedok is located at Blk 426 Bedok North Road #01-515. It operates from Mondays to Fridays: 9am to 6pm. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.