First grassroots Voluntary Welfare Organisations Day at Tampines

The event's guests included Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister in Prime Minister's Office Masagos Zulkifli, and Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC Baey Yam Keng.
The event's guests included Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister in Prime Minister's Office Masagos Zulkifli, and Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC Baey Yam Keng. ST PHOTO: OLIVIA HO
The event's guests included Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister in Prime Minister's Office Masagos Zulkifli, and Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC Baey Yam Keng.
The event's guests included Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister in Prime Minister's Office Masagos Zulkifli, and Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC Baey Yam Keng. ST PHOTO: OLIVIA HO

SINGAPORE - Residents of Tampines got to find out more about the various social and community services in their neighbourhood at the first Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWO) Day on Saturday.

Organised by Tampines Grassroots Organisations, the event brought together booths from sixteen VWOs, including services for child care, youth and families, the elderly, and the disabled. Held next to Tampines Mall, is thought to be the first of VWO gathering of its kind organised at a grassroots level in Singapore.

The event's guests included Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister in Prime Minister's Office Masagos Zulkifli, and Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC Baey Yam Keng.

Mr Masagos said such an event was important in raising greater awareness among residents of the avenues of help available close to them.

He said: "For those who need more comprehensive assistance, they could fix a consultation appointment on the spot. Meanwhile, for those who may not need the services directly, they could also help to spread the word to their neighbours and friends who may need it."

Mr Alvin Koh, 28, a senior community partnership assistant at Tampines Family Service Centre, added: "An event like this is good for creating awareness and making our services known to more residents, as well as for networking with other VWOs."

Retired clerk Madam Jessie Leong, 75, said bringing the VWOs together in one central spot made it more convenient for her to find out what help she can get. Madam Leong, who lives alone and has walking disabilities, added: "I only travel between my place and the hospital. It's useful to bring all this together close to me in Tampines."