We honoured and recognized the social service workers, volunteers and grassroots leaders who have uplifted the lives of residents

Last night, we honoured and recognized the social service workers, volunteers and grassroots leaders who have uplifted the lives of residents in the Southwest district
There were many stories of people doing good in the community.

For example, many grassroots leaders conduct regular house visits to attend to the needs of the poor and elderly residents. One took it upon herself to provide personal home care to an elderly resident.

Another assisted a family of three as they went through a difficult period – the father suffered from dementia and the daughter from diabetes and depression. He accompanied the family for their medical appointments and worked with many community partners to help the family resolve their many problems.

We also have many social workers who go out of their way to reach out to the low-income and elderly, as well as to underprivileged students and youths-at-risk.

One social worker initiated a football league for such youths and it has now expanded into 10 teams with a total of 200 youths! Through these efforts, he has helped many potential delinquents steer away from trouble and channel their energy towards sports.

These stories are an inspiration to us all – to go the extra mile to help our neighbours and our fellow Singaporeans in need.

They exemplify what it means to build an inclusive society, where we care for one another, and where the more able pitch in to help the less able in our midst.

This is how we can build an inclusive and stronger Singapore.

    Lawrence Wong

https://www.facebook.com/LawrenceWongST

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