Parliament Briefs: More centres adopt same-staff approach

More centres adopt same-staff approach

To better serve the needy, the same officer will give employment and social help at three more social service offices.The approach has proven to be successful at two such offices, said Social and Family Development Minister Tan Chuan-Jin.

Usually, separate appointments have to be made to get help on employment.

KidStart benefits 389 children

A total of 389 children have received help from KidStart, a three-year pilot scheme to help 1,000 disadvantaged children in five areas.

It helps in three ways: home visits to ensure infants have good nutrition and care; community-based playgroups for caregivers of children aged one to three; and more support for pre-schools. The three components have helped 89, 50 and 250 children respectively. Home visits have started in Kreta Ayer and Bukit Merah and are expected to benefit up to 300 children in three years.

More funding for VWOs, charities

Up to $100 million will be added to the VWOs-Charities Capability Fund over the next five years. The fund helps volunteer welfare organisations and charities train their staff and expand their reach. It has helped around 400 groups since it began in 2002. More than $180 million has already been committed to the fund.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2017, with the headline 'Parliament Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe