New $360,000 outreach grant to strengthen social safety nets in South West district

Amy Khor, Minister of State for Health and Manpower, at the press conference held at the Ministry of Home Affairs on Jan 21, 2013. Grassroots organisations in the South West district can now tap on a new grant to come up with ways to more effect
Amy Khor, Minister of State for Health and Manpower, at the press conference held at the Ministry of Home Affairs on Jan 21, 2013. Grassroots organisations in the South West district can now tap on a new grant to come up with ways to more effectively reach out to the needy in their constituencies. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

Grassroots organisations in the South West district can now tap on a new grant to come up with ways to more effectively reach out to the needy in their constituencies.

The South West Community Development Council (CDC) launched a $360,000 outreach grant on Sunday.

Grassroots organisations in the district - which includes Choa Chu Kang Group GRC, Jurong GRC, West Coast GRC, Hong Kah North SMC, Pioneer SMC and Yuhua SMC - can use the fund in the coming year for programmes that help spread awareness of the social assistance schemes available for residents.

"At some of our feedback sessions with residents... participants shared that there are many assistance schemes available, but many who need help may not be aware of them," said South West District Mayor Dr Amy Khor. She added that the grant will enable grassroots organisations to reach out to vulnerable residents, identify issues and provide timely help or referrals to "ensure that no one in our community falls through the cracks".

A training session for grassroots leaders on how to better reach out to residents was held during the launch at Hong Kah North Community Club on Sunday.

The leaders were also given brochures listing the different help schemes available, for them to distribute to residents during house visits. The training session and brochures are examples of what the grant can be used for, added Dr Khor, who is also Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower.

The grant will commence in January, with $20,000 available to each of the 18 divisions in the district. It is part of the WeCare @ South West Initiative, where the CDC has committed $2.5million annually for the next three years to strengthen the social safety net in the district.