Common based flagship programmes

Community Legal Clinics @ CDC


Objectives of the Community Legal Clinics (CLCs)

The Office of the Mayors and the Law Society of Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 12 September 2014 to launch the Community Legal Pro Bono Services Network to assist needy Singaporeans and Permanent Residents who are seeking legal advice and information.

To-date, 15 CLCs have been set up at the CDCs and the CCs/RC.

An appointment is required before the consultation, which is typically a 20 minutes one-to-one consultation with a qualified lawyer. Registered residents are required to bring along their identity card and related documents. Consultation is free.

*Do note that the pro bono lawyers cannot represent you in court.

To make an appointment at the CLCs situated at Central Singapore, North West, South East and South West district, you may contact +65 6536 0650 or email to ProBonoServices@lawsoc.org.sg.

For appointments at North East district, please call the respective Community Clubs/Centres.  Download the Community Legal Clinics Directory.

NOTE: You may change your appointment time by informing the service officer 3 working days before the date of appointment. If you miss the appointment, re-registration for another appointment is at the discretion of the Pro Bono Services Office.

Common Senses for Common Spaces

About Common Senses for Common Spaces (CSCS)

Common Senses for Common Spaces (CSCS) was launch in February 2018 as a series of nationwide inter-faith dialogues to enhance social cohesion and strengthen the resilience of the community. 

Through the CSCS series, the CDCs aim to provide a safe space for residents to understand, appreciate and seek clarification about the beliefs of different faiths and cultures in Singapore through discussions and sharing with religious leaders. 

Law Awareness Weeks @ CDC

About the Law Awareness Weeks @ CDC (LAWs @ CDC)

LAWs @ CDC was started by the CDCs and Law Society of Singapore to educate residents through legal talks conducted across the five districts on basic legal knowledge. These talks are held at Community Centres/Clubs (CCs) and Residents' Committee (RC) Centres.

The talks are tailored for those who are not legally trained by breaking down legal jargons so that they are easy to understand. The talks cover topics such as cyber bullying, family law, end-of-life issues, consumer protection, and protection from harassment and are customized based on the needs of the residents.

The collaboration has since reached out to about 3,600 residents through 85 talks. Over 300 Law students from the National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University were also involved in the organizing of the launch event and the legal talks.

Maybank Family Fund @ CDC

About Maybank Family Fund @ CDC

Launch in November 2018, the $1.55 million Maybank Family Fund @ CDC aims to uplift low income and vulnerable families through three broad areas of financial empowerment, livelihood and employability.

The fund includes a five-year insurance coverage scheme by Maybank to provide medical and mobility expenses reimbursement for up to 1,000 needy families.  

NIC- CDC Corporate Social Integration Fund

About the National Integration Council (NIC) - CDC Corporate Social Integration (CSI) Fund

The Corporate Social Integration (CSI) Fund was introduced in June 2017 by the National Integration Council (NIC) and the CDCs to encourage companies to organise community projects with the aim of promoting corporate social responsibility and integration in the community and at the workplace.

Corporate organisations may apply for seed funding to organise sustainable social responsibility and volunteerism projections with the CDC. 

Download the Guide and Application Form here.

SkillsFuture Advice (SFA) @ CDC

About the SkillsFuture Advice (SFA) @ CDC 

SkillsFuture Advice (SFA) @ CDC was launched on 29 October 2017 to help Singaporeans understand the importance of skills upgrading and career planning, to learn, adapt and stay relevant in the dynamic work environment.

Free workshops will be conducted for residents in four official languages on key work trends and skills required for the workplace. Residents can also identify their job interest and develop their personal skills upgrading plan through the MySkillsFuture.sg portal. 

SME Centres @CDC

Objective of the SME Centres @ CDC

The SME Centres @ CDC were established in 2013 to provide heartland Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) with greater convenience and access to business resources and advice. Leveraging on existing grassroots networks to identify business needs, SME Centres work with the CDCs and Trade Associations and Chambers to address issues faced by SMEs in specific trades or locations.

As the first point of help for SMEs, the SME Centres @ CDC provide local businesses with integrated services including business and productivity diagnosis, guidance on the government assistance schemes and capability workshops.

To make an appointment, please contact the SME Centre @ CDC in your respective district.

Download the SME Centre Location and Contact list.

WeCare Arts Fund @ CDC

About the WeCare Arts Fund @ CDC

The WeCare Arts Fund @ CDC is a grant scheme in partnership between the CDCs and the National Arts Council (NAC). The fund aims to support Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) by engaging their beneficiaries through the arts. The CDCs and the NAC renewed their partnership on 4 September 2017 by setting aside $1 million for the WeCare Arts Fund over the next two year for programmes that make arts inclusive and promote self-confidence among the led advantages and underserved communities.

Activities supported by the Fund

The fund supports all project costs that involve artists working directly with VWOs and their beneficiaries through the Performing, Visual, Literary and Multi-Disciplinary arts.

Who is the Fund for?

The fund is open to all VWOs that are keen to work with artists / arts groups to bring arts to their beneficiaries. VWOs must be a member of the National Council of Social Service. Artists may approach VWOs directly in order to submit an application for the Fund.

Download the Guide and Application Form here.

All evaluation forms are to be submitted within 2 months of completion of the project or programme.

CapitaLand Hope Foundation - CDC Collaboration

About the CapitaLand Hope Foundation - CDC Collaboration

Since 2011, the CDCs have been collaborating with CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF) through initiatives that caters to the physical well-being of underpriviledged such as the Kids Food Fund (KFF) and providing school-going essentials through the My Schoolbag programme.  which caters to the physical well-being of underpriviledged children. 

In 2017, CDCs and CHF partnered the National University of Singapore (NUS) Department of Architecture to pilot the CapitaLand Young Architect Programme @ CDC which introduces children to architecture theories and design knowledge, and to better understand community needs through design thinking. 

CASE Consumer Awareness Talks @ CDC

About the CASE Consumer Awareness Talks @ CDC

In support of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) amendment of the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act in 2016, the CDCs partnered with the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) to raise awareness and educate consumers on their rights through educational talks. 

CDCs have since organised 12 talks covering a variety of topics such as renovation, direct selling and door-to-door sales, and CASE Trust Accreditation and Mediation. 

 


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