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Social Service Office opens in Boon Lay

A Social Service Office (SSO) was launched in Boon Lay on Thursday. It offers a pilot integrated service with Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre@Jurong, a five-minute walk away.

SINGAPORE: A Social Service Office (SSO) was launched in Boon Lay on Thursday.

It offers a pilot integrated service with Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre@Jurong, a five-minute walk away.

The Ministry of Social and Family Development plans to have 20 SSOs islandwide.

Ten of them have been set up so far.

Acting Culture, Community and Youth Minister Lawrence Wong, who is also MP for West Coast GRC, spoke at the opening of the new SSO.

He said the branch will be helpful to residents in Boon Lay, which has one of the highest number of financial assistance cases in the Southwest district.

Mr Wong said: "The SSO will serve the Jurong West area but the fact that it is located right here in Boon Lay, I think it is very convenient and helpful for our residents, and we also have a family service centre in Boon Lay.

“And, together by integrating their services, I think they can really provide much faster, much more convenient delivery of social services to the residents who are in need."

The SSOs were first set up by the Ministry of Social and Family Development last year to coordinate and plan the provision of social services to needy families.

They also provide financial assistance under the national ComCare scheme.

There are currently 10 SSOs in operation, including the new office in Boon Lay. Another nine SSOs will be added this year, in areas such as Taman Jurong, Bukit Panjang and Clementi. 

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