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One-stop community hub a boost for charities and volunteers

Paya Lebar facility which houses five VWOs to open on Saturday

Published on Aug 28, 2014 6:57 AM
 
Dental work offered by Willing Hearts is just one of the services available at the new community hub, whose facilities include a soup kitchen and addiction recovery centre. -- ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN

At one block, rows of old people tuck into steaming plates of rice and mixed vegetables whipped up on the spot by a soup kitchen.

Next door, a support group session for those who struggle with addictions gets under way.

In the opposite building, a group of teenagers sit hunched over piles of aircraft headsets, slotting them into neat packets.

People with different needs can soon get help at the same place, with the launch this Saturday of a community hub in Paya Lebar that brings together five voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs).

 
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Services the hub offers:

For the needy elderly

  • Free breakfasts and lunches
  • Free medical and dental checks
  • Help to tidy and refurbish homes

For those with intellectual disabilities

  • Activities to pick up vocational and life skills

For ex-offenders or those recovering from various addictions

  • Rehabilitation programmes
  • Counselling or support group sessions

For youth

  • Team bonding and leadership camps. Open also to youth under probation after committing juvenile offences


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