Tampines Changkat CC to be upgraded by 2019

Tampines Changkat Community Club will undergo a facelift by early next year, with changes based on feedback from residents.
Tampines Changkat Community Club will undergo a facelift by early next year, with changes based on feedback from residents.ST FILE PHOTO

Tampines Changkat Community Club will undergo a facelift by early next year.

The upgrading, which will take about 18 months, is being based on feedback from 600 or so residents who were consulted on how to improve programmes and activities. These consultations are ongoing.

One key addition will be co-working spaces for students and professionals.

Meanwhile, the community club has been piloting several activities, including the Wheels of Love initiative. This involves providing free wheelchair repair and maintenance services while forging stronger bonds between youth and residents. Twelve members of the club's youth executive committee aged 15 to 21 are taking part in the initiative.

Young Health Heroes is another initiative being piloted. The aim is to educate potential child ambassadors on the importance of exercise and then get them to encourage seniors to keep fit as well.

Mr Desmond Choo, adviser to Tampines Changkat Grassroots Organisations, and the Mayor of North East District, said: "Many of our seniors' key motivation is to be able to stay healthy to look after their own grandchildren. We find that our younger residents still hold the most important leverage of getting their grandparents to see a doctor or go for screenings."

The community club will work alongside schools, including the Tampines PAP Community Foundation kindergartens, to get 150 child ambassadors for the Tampines Changkat district.

This initiative is part of the Let's Get Healthy @ North East programme targeted at encouraging residents over 40 to have health screenings and to make lifestyle changes to stay healthy.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2018, with the headline 'Tampines Changkat CC to be upgraded by 2019'. Print Edition | Subscribe