Vital for residents, community partners to work together and help needy: Masagos
- POSTED: 13 Oct 2013 20:20
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It is important to have a physical place to facilitate community work, but equally vital that residents and community partners work together to help the needy, said Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli.
SINGAPORE: It is important to have a physical place to facilitate community work, but equally vital that residents and community partners work together to help the needy.
Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli stressed this at the CDAC Tampines Open House on Sunday.
The open house, themed "My Community, My Family and I", aims to create awareness of the centre's programmes and activities.
The centre also hopes to reach out to more needy families and residents through the open house.
CDAC @ Tampines was previously known as the Student Service Centre.
It was set up in 1997 to give support to students, via academic support and mentoring services.
Mr Masagos said over the years, the centre widened its scope of services to support more people.
It now works with community partners to plan projects to benefit students, workers and families.
The centre has about 50 active volunteers who help plan activities for some 4,000 needy people each year.
This is done through enrichment and social mobility programmes, recruitment exercises, and family assistance schemes.
Mr Masagos said: "This is a sterling example, a working example where we provide space for CDAC to give it support; and the community, as well as volunteers have come together to make it a successful place to provide support for our youths, our families as well as for our workers in the area."