New social service office opens at Bukit Panjang

SINGAPORE - Residents in Bukit Panjang no longer have to travel to Choa Chu Kang for assistance with the opening of a new social service office (SSO) in the estate on Sunday.

The office at Block 232 Pending Road is the 16th SSO in Singapore and will work with voluntary welfare organisations and community partners in the area to coordinate the social services they offer.

SSOs also offer financial assistance and disburse funds to needy residents. The office has also linked up with the Workforce Development Agency to match jobs and provide career counselling. It has handled 387 cases since it started operations last December.

The SSO is also working with community befrienders to strengthen their capabilities in assisting needy families.

There are 65 befrienders. The office is working on training others to boost the total to 100 this year.

The office was opened by Bukit Panjang MP Teo Ho Pin, along with Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Holland-Bukit Timah GRC MP Liang Eng Hwa.

Also present at the opening were Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing, grassroots leaders and charity representatives.