Fostering a caring and inclusive Singapore

Building up a caring people, a civic-spirited Singapore

08 Mar 2018

Building up a thriving charity sector

In 2018, the Office of the Commissioner of Charities will strengthen smaller charities’ regulatory compliance through legislative guidance and co-regulation. The Office will also introduce a new Visibility Guide for charities to increase transparency and accountability. To ensure a safer online giving environment, the Code of Practice for Crowdfunding Platforms was co-developed by MCCY with crowdfunding platforms.

Together, these initiatives will foster a safe and transparent giving ecosystem, encouraging Singaporeans to contribute with confidence and peace of mind.

Encouraging caring through the arts and heritage

Through ArtReach, MCCY will build on existing efforts to promote arts access to under-served communities. The Befrienders Arts Toolkit, launching in June, will provide social service organisations with arts-based activity ideas, to better support the fulfilling process of befriending our seniors.

One new initiative under Our SG Heritage Plan is for our heritage institutions to become Silver Hubs to promote active ageing and intergenerational interactions. Seniors will have opportunities to be active participants in the nation’s heritage, as they volunteer to be guides and facilitators in galleries.

Caring for communities through sport

SportCares, which empowers individuals through sport, will have a new HEARTS framework. The HEARTS framework supports community partners with resources to design sport-based social development programmes for youths. It will be complemented by 8 SportCares Partner Schemes that support community groups, Institutes of Higher Learning, National Sports Associations, and corporates to do more through sport.

Empowering Singaporeans to act in service of one another

One of the new initiatives established to support our youths their strong civic ethos is the Immersion Programme. Its first run will be in April 2018, and will see youth leaders deployed to social service organisations that focus on communities with special needs, the young and vulnerable, and the elderly. This Immersion Programme joins earlier youth initiatives like the Youth Corps Singapore, and Team Nila. The passionate sports volunteers who form Team Nila will have more skills training and expanded opportunities to better support the community.

Since its launch in August 2016, Our Singapore Fund has supported over 100 ground-up initiatives across the arts, heritage, community, and volunteerism sectors. It has also reached out to over 200,000 residents. MCCY has further simplified the application process for the fund, making it easier for more to take the initiative to care for their fellow Singaporeans.