SINGAPORE: Needy residents of the South West district will find it easier and more convenient to tap social assistance services through their Community Development Council (CDC).
The CDC is trying out a South West Satellite Assistance (SWSA) programme for one year to deliver resident—centric assistance.
Its officers will be stationed at community clubs in the 18 constituencies located in the district to help run weekly satellite assistance services.
Mayor of South West CDC Dr Amy Khor said the South West Satellite Assistance initiative will complement existing touch points such as the CDC Service Centre and Family Service Centres.
Currently, social assistance staff from the CDC make house visits and interview residents who have difficulty getting around, such as the disabled and frail elderly, as well as those who for various reasons are unable to go the CDC’s Service Centre.
The South West CDC will also set up job kiosks at participating community centres (CC) to offer job seekers information on job openings, training and recruitment events.
They can also receive this information via SMS on their mobile phones.
Dr Khor said: "By having a weekly social service assistance at the CCs, it also helps to enhance the presence of the CDC in the community and help to promote awareness among the residents of the type of help that the CDC can give so that residents who need help can come and approach us. Not only that, they can also refer their friends, neighbours and relatives who need help to us."
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