Overview of CDCs

Mission And Vision

Mayors and participants at SG50 Community Walk 


To Build a Great Home and a Caring Community

District Visions

Central Singapore: An Inclusive, Vibrant and Self-reliant Central Singapore Community
North East:
A Great Home and A Caring Community
Share Our Values
Pursue Our Passions
Fulfill Our Hopes
Treasure Our Memories
North West: To Be A Caring, Dynamic and Cohesive Community
South East: To build an active and vibrant South East District where residents and stakeholders feel a strong sense of belonging
South West: Owning Your Community

Mission Statement

To build a caring and cohesive community, where we Assist the needy, Bond the people and Connect the community

Assisting the Needy
To help the less fortunate through local assistance schemes and programmes

Bonding the People
To bond the community through projects and programmes to bring them closer to one another.

Connecting the Community
To develop strategic partnerships with corporate and community partners to better serve our residents.



The Community Development Councils (CDCs) were established by the PA Act (CDC Rules & Regulations 1997) to build a tightly-knit, compassionate and self-reliant community in Singapore. The first two CDCs were launched in early 1997 and by the end of the year, the remaining CDCs were in place.

In 2001, the nine CDCs formed were reorganised into the current five we have today – Central Singapore CDC, North East CDC, North West CDC, South East CDC and South West CDC. CDCs work closely with grassroots organisations, government agencies, voluntary welfare organisations, schools, community and corporate companies to strengthen Singapore’s social fabric. Through CDCs programmes, residents can forge stronger community bonds and assist the vulnerable in the society.

The CDCs aim to encourage the more able and successful to come forward to help the less successful, and to foster greater sense of community ownership and self-help among the residents.

CDCs Milestones


Nine CDCs were set up. There was one CDC to serve each of the nine districts.


Launch of CDC hotline which eventually became the national ComCare hotline.


National social and employment assistance functions were delegated to CDCs.


Annual CDC District Meetings were introduced.


The nine CDCs were reorganised into five.


Network points for job matching, training and skills upgrading programmes for job seekers under Decentralised Careerlink Network (DCN) programme were set up under CDCs.


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a $1 billion ComCare Endowment Fund to be administered by the CDCs.


Comcare Local Networks (CLNs) was launched by CDCs to strengthen inter-agencies collaborations to deliver more effective assistance.


CDCs unveiled the ABC mission at 10th Anniversary Dinner. The CDC 10th year commemorative book, The ABCs of Community Bonding, was launched.


Joint Social Service Centre under Central Singapore CDC became OnePeople.SG, supported by PA and CDCs.


CDCs offered Recession Relief Package to aid residents during economic downturn.


Brisk Walking Clubs became a national programme championed by the five CDCs.


In support of the national agenda on environment, CDCs came up with five District Environmental Blueprints.


The National Health Qigong Programme was launched by five CDCs.


Setup of 40 satellite offices on social assistance to make it more accessible to residents in need.


President Tony Tan Keng Yam launched the Caring for the Silver Community initiative by 5 CDCs to champion social support for the elderly.


CDCs contributed $1 million towards PA’s community emergency outreach efforts.


Consolidation of national social assistance functions under Ministry for Social and Family Development (MSF) on 1 July 2013.


CDCs signed MOU with SPRING & MTI to set up five satellite SME centres at the districts.


CDCs set up a $1.5 million WeCare Arts Fund @CDC with NAC.


Five Mayors were sworn in at the Mayors’ Swearing-In Ceremony on 20 June 2014.


Witnessed by Law Minister Shanmugan, CDCs signed MOU with the Law Society to provide pro-bono legal services network especially for those in need.


Launch of Law Awareness Week @CDC by Senior Minister of State for Law, Ms Indranee Rajah to equip residents with understanding and awareness of legal issues.


CDCs renewed Collaboration with SPRING to Deepen SME Network in the Community

Strategic Directions

Strengthen Social Infrastructure

  • To strengthen social support through local assistance schemed & social programmes
  • To promote social mobility
  • To encourage self help

Build Social Resilience and Social Capital

  • To strengthen community bonds
  • To encourage active citizenry

Promote Culture of Giving Back

  • To engender community and corporate ownership through volunteerism & Corporate Social Responsibility by adopting local causes, and partnering corporate, Grassroots Organisations, schools, Voluntary Welfare Organisations and community partners

Five Key Areas


Five Key Areas

The CDCs initiate and plan various programmes, schemes and activities broadly under:

Caring for the Vulnerable

The CDCs develop and implement local social support programmes and services to meet the needs of vulnerable residents. These local initiatives that complemented the national social assistance schemes, have benefitted over 100,000 beneficiaries. Examples of local social support initiatives are transport and food vouchers, bursaries, subsidised tuition, educational programmes and financial literacy programmes. CDCs also engage community stakeholders to identify emerging needs in our community.

Caring for the Elderly

The CDCs respond to the growing needs of the ageing Singapore society by initiating the ‘Caring for the Silver Community’ programme. The CDCs adopt a holistic approach to promote an active and healthy lifestyle amongst the elderly, strengthen assistance for vulnerable seniors and develop senior volunteerism. On the whole, the CDCs have many elderly programmes, reaching out to over 100,000 active and vulnerable elderly.

Caring for the Environment

CDCs actively encourage ground-up projects and collaborations among community stakeholders to promote greater awareness of environmental issues. These projects have helped to promote the 3Rs – Reduce, Recycle and Reuse, fight against dengue, support national efforts to combat haze as well as other environmental and public hygiene issues. In 2014, CDCs have many environment programmes, with an outreach of 400,000.

Caring for Community Health

The CDCs are strong supporters of healthy lifestyle and spearhead the healthy lifestyle clubs, working closely with Grassroots Advisers and grassroots leaders, community partners and government agencies to build a strong briskwalking movement with over 130,000 members. Beyond healthy lifestyle activities, CDCs work closely with the health sector to plan health-social integration programmes.

Promoting CSR and Volunteerism

We continuously expanding our volunteer pool and deepening the engagement with our volunteers through diverse volunteering opportunities and sustainable programmes.

For coordination work under Office of the Mayors,
please write to Coordinator of Office of the Mayors: lim_kar_yee@pa.gov.sg