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South West CDC launches bursary to promote active ageing

The South West Community Development Council has launched a bursary to promote active ageing, lifelong learning and social integration.

SINGAPORE: The South West Community Development Council has launched a bursary to promote active ageing, lifelong learning and social integration.

The scheme, worth S$600,000, is expected to benefit about 3,000 elderly residents from the lower income group for three years. They can apply for the bursary through their community clubs.

Successful applicants will receive S$200 worth of vouchers per year that can be used for enrolling in elderly-friendly courses and programmes.

The council hopes the bursary will empower the elderly to lead an active social lifestyle and enrich their lives.

Those living within Chua Chu Kang, Jurong and West Coast GRCs, as well as the Hong Kah North, Pioneer and Yuhua constituencies are eligible to apply for the bursary.

Mayor of South West District, Dr Amy Khor, said: "Through this programme which is part of the WeCare@South West initiative to strengthen the social safety net in the district, we hope to empower our seniors to lead socially active lifestyles and enrich themselves in their silver years.

"This will allow them to age gracefully and through their participation in community events, share their wealth of experience and knowledge with the younger generations." 

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