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Strengthening the people sector for a more caring Singapore

Developing the social service sector to be a vehicle for social change.

08 Mar 2017

Speaking at the Committee of Supply debate on 8th March, Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, at the Committee of Supply debate today (8 Mar), elaborated how the ministry will develop the social service sector, and how everyone within and beyond the sector can be a vehicle for social change.

VWOS-CHARITIES CAPABILITY FUND (VCF)

More support for VWOs: To help grow and develop VWOs, the Government and Tote Board will commit additional funding of up to $100 million to the VWOs-Charities Capability Fund (VCF) over the next 5 years.

BUILDING SKILLS OF THE SOCIAL SERVICE WORKFORCE

A clearer path of development: In line with the national SkillsFuture movement, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) will put in place clear career and competency maps through the Social Service Sectoral Skills Framework. The framework will provide more information on available job opportunities and the qualifications required, and inform social service professionals on career development pathways and the skills required to perform key jobs. In 2018, professionals such as social workers, psychologists, early intervention teachers, youth workers and care workers will be able to use the Social Service Sectoral Skills Framework to guide their growth in the sector.

BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF VOLUNTEERS

E-learning for volunteers: NCSS will launch an e-learning module for volunteers on “Working Effectively with Youths” later this year to facilitate volunteerism efforts.

Equipping volunteers with skills: Other e-learning courses will also be developed to equip volunteers to work with persons with disabilities, children with special needs, and seniors through befriending.

Better volunteer-VWO match: NCSS will release an app at the end of the year that will better match interested volunteers to opportunities at VWOs.

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