Sembawang to get community hub featuring polyclinic, hawker centre and sports facilities

Sembawang GRC MPs and grassroots leaders launch an initiative to help Canberra seniors who struggle with using mobile devices at the Canberra Day event on March 11, 2018.
Sembawang GRC MPs and grassroots leaders launch an initiative to help Canberra seniors who struggle with using mobile devices at the Canberra Day event on March 11, 2018. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - Residents of Sembawang can look forward to a new community hub comprising a polyclinic, hawker centre and sports facilities, local GRC MP Lim Wee Kiak revealed on Sunday (March 11).

Work on the new hub, near Sembawang MRT station, will start in the second half of this year and take about three years to complete.

"When completed, residents can look forward to another location where they can enjoy greenery, and recreational and sporting activities," Dr Lim told reporters on the sidelines of the annual Canberra Day event at Sembawang Close. "It will be one for the community to come together."

At the event, an initiative to help Canberra seniors who struggle with using mobile devices was launched by the Canberra Grassroots Organisation.

Volunteers will help them tackle problems from adjusting call volumes to using the different camera modes in coaching sessions taking place at a time and location to suit.

The initiative is meant to help seniors bridge the technology gap and also provides opportunities for volunteers to bond with the residents.

Dr Lim said: "We also hope to use this project to get young residents who are digitally savvy to join us. This is a good way to bring the young and the old together."

Volunteer and student Amber Yip, 22, said: "Most seniors are not sure who to approach to ask for help with their mobile devices and may feel neglected. We should help them overcome these difficulties so they can stay connected with others."

Residents can approach the Canberra Community Club to ask for help with their smartphones.

The Canberra Day event was also attended by Sembawang GRC MPs Khaw Boon Wan, Ong Ye Kung, Vikram Nair.