Updated: 09/05/2014 01:44

Bedok gets Social Service Office

Bedok gets Social Service Office

A new social service office has opened in Bedok to improve access to help for those who need it. 

Sited at Block 426 Bedok North Road, the centre will serve as a central touch point for about 80 voluntary welfare organisations and community partners. 

Residents who approach the office will be seen by a social service worker, who will then interview and advise the resident on the assistance they are eligible for. 

Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Lee Yi Shyan, who is MP for the ward, says there is a need to strengthen the way assistance is provided. 

"Sometimes when the resident come in, what they need is family counselling services. So if they come to dialysis centre or go to the CC, they may not get to people who are familiar with counselling. So we need a common interface, you can come here and officers will be well-briefed and they have access to various VWOs and organisations who provide that service. It cuts down a lot on guessing and hunting time."

The office is one of the 12 offices set up by Ministry of Social and Family Development since last year, and 11 more are in the pipeline. 

The centre, which had its soft launch in June, sees about 10 to 12 walk-in cases daily.

Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State for National Development and Defence Dr Maliki Bin Osman and Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing officiated the opening of the Social Service Office. (Photo credit: Fann Sim)

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