Residents in Bukit Batok who face chronic problems will soon get financial help. Residents who could benefit from the programme are mainly those who are facing financial difficulties and have physical disabilities: 27 Aug 2013

BUKIT BATOK: Residents in Bukit Batok who face chronic problems will soon get financial help.

One million dollars has been set aside to help such residents under a new programme launched on Tuesday by the Bukit Batok Citizens' Consultative's Community Development & Welfare Fund.

The launch comes ahead of a ministerial community visit on 8 September by Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing.

Advisor to Bukit Batok Grassroots Organisations David Ong said the programme was motivated by some of the cases he has dealt with during his Meet-the-People sessions and house visits in the constituency.

Titled "Fresh Start", the programme aims to address gaps where problems are larger than what other schemes such as the ComCare can cover.

Mr Ong said seven cases that could benefit from the programme have been identified.

They are mainly residents who are facing financial difficulties and have physical disabilities.

Mr Ong stressed the fund is not just a handout.

He said: "We want to make sure it is not just only the financial help we give them but they must take ownership, as well, of their problems. We also try to make sure that they are equipped with the right skill sets. So these funds will help them to actually get a job, or get some skills that they want to sustain their family and be able to give back to society."

Source: channelnewsasia.com