Central Cluster Programmes
Ang Mo Kio FSC and Cheng San FSC jointly-run several programmes and community work initiatives to serve residents of the central (Ang Mo Kio) region.
Launched in 2010, Bakery Hearts is a programme that aims to provide women from low-income families with the opportunity to supplement their household income and prepare them for work. There, participants are taught baking and social skills to enhance their self-confidence, so that they can embark on a relevant career in F&B or start their own business.
Since 2017, the Celebrating Mothers groupwork programme has been supporting single mothers within the community. Through the use of a narrative approach, the programme empowers single mothers by increasing their self-esteem, highlighting and utilising their strengths to help overcome challenges, and providing a space for mutual support. The Women of Willpower (W.O.W.) group was also created as an informal platform for Celebrating Mothers alumni to give back and connect them with fellow single mothers in need.
Retaining Our Origins; Transitioning to Singapore (ROOTS) is a programme developed to serve low-income bi-national families in the Ang Mo Kio region, which aims to empower foreign spouses by enhancing their strengths and skills for improved social functioning in Singapore.
The programme consists of the following components:
ESOL-trained volunteers craft a 10-week curriculum for foreign spouses covering the practical use of English. The classes aim to boost their confidence in communicating and seeking help in the community, and increase their knowledge of various resources in Singapore.
The groupwork platform helps children of bi-national families to explore their cultural identities through activities such as art and craft, story-telling, and games.
Started in April 2019, the Project Stories initiative enhances support provided to vulnerable persons such as children, elderly, and persons with disabilities, through sighting and regular engagement. Led by a team of social workers and comprising of social work assistants and associates, Project Stories has supported 103 at-risk individuals, and was awarded the Family Violence Dialogue Group Appreciation Award, as well as featured as an innovative initiative at the Principal Social Workers’ Webinar Virtual Exhibitions in 2020.
Empowering Children and Youth
Achieving Kids and Kin
Achieving Kids and Kin is a preventive developmental programme that serves as a safe platform for children between 7 and 12 years old to build confidence, resilience, and leadership, through opportunities to contribute their skills and talents to the community.
Our three main initiatives are:
- Academic Coaching, a mentorship programme that helps children to achieve better academic results and build their interest in learning.
- Reading Odyssey, a programme run in collaboration with SHINE Children & Youth Services that builds children’s interest and ability in reading.
- iLead, a series of groupwork sessions that aim to build leadership life skills in children by covering topics such as coping strategies for stress, emotions, and savings.
Stressbusters is a preventative groupwork programme that helps Spright Academy students in Primary 4 and 5 to manage stress. Through activities and discussions, children learn about their stressors such as academic and social factors, and develop ways to better cope with them, which they can apply in everyday life.
Project HeARTship is a groupwork programme that supports boys aged 11 to 15 years old, who are in the identity formation and transitional stages, by using art as a medium of expression. Through this, the programme hopes to build up social and emotional capital, use art making in self-identity formation, inspire participants to consider alternative career pathways, and empower them to learn new skills and create works they can call their own.
Engaging the Community
414 Community Hub
Guided by the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) approach, 414 Community Hub is a space where residents living around Ang Mo Kio can come together to contribute their gifts and assets towards supporting vulnerable neighbours and boosting the well-being of their neighbourhood. Through community participation, residents strengthen their social support and networks, enabling the community to become more resilient and cohesive.
Residents currently contribute through the following platforms:
This by-resident-for-resident platform brings together neighbours who go marketing, prepare, cook, set-up and clean-up together in order to share a meal with their fellow neighbours. Through helping and bonding over food, they get connected with fellow residents and through this trust-building process, naturally look out for each other in times of need.
A platform where residents share their gifts, skills, and talents with fellow residents. This can be in the form of a cooking class, art and craft session, IT lessons to bridge the digital gap and whatever areas that residents are keen to know, teach or learn.
Gift and Take
A place where residents can gift and share pre-loved items that are in good condition with the community and those who might need them. Through the process of gifting and receiving, residents build connections through an exchange of their life stories and motivations.
A platform where ground-up initiatives of residents are encouraged and "harvested" for the greater good of community life. Residents are spurred to initiate, co-create and come together with fellow residents to work on ideas and projects they care about and are motivated to do for the well-being of their community.