SINGAPORE: The poor and vulnerable in Singapore will get more support through a multi-service centre in Toa Payoh by 2015.
Agape Village will be a four-storey centre which houses charities and services by Caritas Singapore, the social arm of the Catholic Church in Singapore.
The services offered will include counselling, legal aid, caregiver support, job training and job-matching for displaced workers.
The centre will also have facilities such as counselling and training rooms, a multi-purpose hall, a thrift shop, a food bank and a café.
Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said Agape Village is one example of how social services can be better integrated.
He said that the centre can also work with other voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) in Toa Payoh to reach out to the needy.
Mr Chan said: “Many other VWOs are much smaller in capacity and they may not be able to provide the range of services that is required to help the people in need.
“And this is where we will need to do another dimension of integration. The integration of different VWOs coming together, regardless of faith, regardless of background, to provide an integrated package of help to the people in need.” - CNA/nd
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