Central S'pore CDC lines up 30 projects, aims to promote community bonding

SINGAPORE - Thirty projects are in the pipeline for the Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) over the next 12 to 15 months, as the CDC steps up its efforts to connect with residents who are not as involved in community activities.

These initiatives will allow the CDC to expand beyond its traditional role of helping the underprivileged, Mayor Denise Phua told reporters in an update on the first 100 days of her term, which began on July 12.

Among the 30 projects are "district-level initiatives" such as the Purple Parade: an event on Nov 15 at Hong Lim Park to raise awareness for people with special needs.

Also in the works is an orchestra to promote community bonding among everyday folk and the underprivileged through music. The elderly, meanwhile, will benefit from new job search and mental health schemes.

The door is also open for people to create ground-up initiatives, said Ms Phua.

She cited a team that is working on a mobile phone app to compare prices of groceries and identify where the cheapest goods are being sold.

Such undertakings will be encouraged by a Do Good Fund - an expansion of the CDC's existing Imagine Fund for community projects - which will curate and support meaningful projects.

In addition, a new Rainy Day Umbrella Fund will be launched by the CDC to provide "temporary immediate assistance for residents" in need, Ms Phua added.

She also said the CDC is working to build connections with funeral parlours so as to provide burial services for the elderly who have no family and are living alone.

More details on the specific projects and the two funds will be released at a later date.