The South West CDC is committed to building an inclusive South West District for all to live, play and work in. Over the years, the CDC has stepped up outreach efforts, nurtured bonds and built partnerships to better address community needs. This is our journey.
24 NOVEMBER 2001: SOUTH WEST CDC WAS FORMED
2004 – 2015: CLEAN AND GREEN SINGAPORE AWARDS
From 2004 to 2011, and again in 2013 to 2015, the South West Community Development Council (CDC) clinched the Clean and Green Singapore (CGS) Best Community Achievement Award for its efforts to promote environmental sustainability and ownership towards a cleaner and greener home for future generations. In addition, the South West District also clinched the ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Cities (ESC) Award in 2008 and 2012, and received the most prestigious award of 5 Blooms at the 2012 Communities In Bloom International Challenge. In the same year, the CDC received the CGS Best Community Commitment Award.
2005: LAUNCH OF BABY BLISSCARD @ SOUTH WEST
This is the first membership programme for newborns in the South West District which offers perks, concessions and activities to enhance family life and wellness. The Baby Blisscard is a welcome gift for newborns in the South West District, in the form of an EZ-link card with a stored value of $38. The card entitles holders to exclusive perks and concessions from participating merchants offering family-friendly products and services. Parents also receive invitations to family bonding activities organised by the South West CDC and partners.
2006: FIRST ECO DAY OUT @ SOUTH WEST
Scaled up from a local effort, ECo Day Out @ South West is an annual environmental flagship event to celebrate and recognise environmental efforts in the district. It educates the community on issues like energy conservation and the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Refuse). The event is preceded by Clean Up South West!, which is a district-wide trash-for-groceries recycling exercise. Collection points are set up across the district by volunteers to encourage residents to exchange their recyclables for groceries.
2006: INTRODUCTION OF FUN WALKERS @ SOUTH WEST
Fun Walkers @ South West is a healthy lifestyle programme that encourages brisk walking interest groups in the South West District to participate in regular walking sessions in the community, embark on unique nature trails with family and friends and take part in community events, building a conducive environment that promotes healthy living and community bonding.
2007: LAUNCH OF ADOPT-A-RENTAL BLOCK @ SOUTH WEST (AARB)
The Adopt-a-Rental Block (AARB) @ South West programme, conceived in 2007, covers all rental blocks in the South West District and addresses three (3) core needs of vulnerable elderly and needy families: Social Wellness, Healthcare and Home Safety & Improvement. With the support of corporate and community partners, the programme has evolved to include activities and programmes relating to Education and Enrichment, making it more holistic with a total of five (5) core needs.
2009: INTRODUCTION OF 1,000,000 NATIVE PLANTS @ SOUTH WEST
Following the success of planting 100,000 native plants in the district and inspired by the United Nations Environment Programme’s The Billion Tree Campaign, the 1,000,000 Native Plants @ South West initiative was launched in 2009. The 10-year programme rallies schools, grassroots organisations and corporates to create a cooler, cleaner and greener South West District by increasing the plant population in the district, reinstating the district’s green heritage and promoting community bonding among the green fingers.
2009: INTRODUCTION OF SOUTH WEST ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY (ECO) PLAN
Environmental programmes in the South West District are guided by the five (5) goals – Cool, Clean and Green Community, and Proactive and Caring Community under the 10-year sustainability master plan, Environment and Community (ECo) Plan South West . The CDC works closely with community and corporate partners, and residents to fine-tune green efforts by the community and this 10-year plan complements national efforts to create a sustainable Singapore, making green issues an integral part of the CDC’s programmes while aspiring to build a green and sustainable district.
2010: LAUNCH OF LET’S PAINT! SOUTH WEST
This district-wide project uses the arts to bring all segments of the community together, including schools, grassroots organisations, corporate partners and residents to foster the spirit of community ownership. Enlivening the district with colours, community stakeholders can play an active role in beautifying communal spaces while forging a sense of common identity.
2010: INTRODUCTION OF HEALTH QIGONG @ SOUTH WEST
The Health Qigong @ South West programme promotes active ageing and healthy lifestyle among residents in the South West District, through engaging members in regular qigong activity and forging bonds between neighbours.
2011: INTRODUCTION OF ADOPT-A-FAMILY @ SOUTH WEST
A spin-off from Adopt-a-Rental Block (AARB) @ South West, this programme is part of the CDC’s efforts to strengthen the social safety net. It encourages grassroots organisations, with the support of Volunteer Welfare Organisations, to set up mentoring clubs and adopt needy families for mentoring and befriending.
2012: INTRODUCTION OF ADOPT-A-PRECINCT @ SOUTH WEST
Expanding on the Adopt-A-Rental Block (AARB) @ South West programme, and as part of stepped-up efforts to strengthen the social safety net, the Adopt-A-Precinct @ South West programme was rolled out to vulnerable families living in one (1) – to – three (3) room flats, to enrich and uplift lives.
2013: SME CENTRE@SOUTHWEST OPENS
A partnership between the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF), the South West CDC and SPRING Singapore, the SME Centre@SouthWest reaches out to local businesses in the South West District, to help them better cope with imminent challenges of restructuring and improving productivity in competitive business environments.
2013: RENAMING OF SOUTH WEST COMCARE BURSARY TO SOUTH WEST TERTIARY GRANT
In line with the objective of encouraging greater community ownership, the bursary is given to polytechnic students, and has since expanded to include undergraduates, from vulnerable families to help them defray part of their schooling expenses. Community service is a unique feature of the bursary which encourages the beneficiaries to pay it forward through involvement in grassroots projects that will benefit the community.
2014: INTRODUCTION OF SOUTH WEST ACTIVE AGEING BURSARY
A new approach to getting the elderly to stay connected to the community, the South West Active Ageing Bursary seeks to empower the vulnerable elderly to lead an active social lifestyle and to enrich their lives in their silver years. The bursary aims to achieve four (4) key benefits, namely a) facilitate active ageing, b) promote lifelong learning, c) encourage healthy lifestyle and d) prevent social isolation.
2014: SOUTH WEST EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND
The South West Emergency Relief Fund was launched in 2014 to provide immediate to interim financial and social support to lower income families in the South West District who may not have the ability to cope with unforeseen circumstances. This Fund reinforces the CDC’s commitment towards its ABC mission, and provides a platform for more community and corporate partners to contribute towards creating sustainable and holistic solutions for emerging needs in the community.
2014: COMMUNITY LEGAL CLINIC @ SOUTH WEST
Aligned with the CDC’s key focus in promoting volunteerism and the spirit of giving back, the Community Legal Pro Bono Services Network is a collaboration between the five (5) CDCs and The Law Society of Singapore to bring free legal advice closer to residents.
2014: FAMILY BLISS @ SOUTH WEST
To mark the 10th year anniversary of the Baby Blisscard, the CDC launched Family Bliss @ South West, a pro-family package comprising enriching programmes and fun initiatives to achieve three (3) objectives, namely 1) celebrate family life, 2) support vulnerable families, and 3) promote a family-friendly environment. The Families for Life (FFL) mobile café was also introduced to the South West District, together with the CDC’s Pop Up Drawing Together, to offer families the space and opportunity to enjoy quality time and bond together through fun activities.
2015: RECYCLE-A-BULB CHALLENGE @ SOUTH WEST
Following the introduction and success of Recycle-A-Bulb @ South West programme in 2014, the CDC rolled out the Recycle-A-Bulb Challenge @ South West, setting a 50,000 target for used/old bulbs collection over the next five (5) years. With every light bulb collected, one (1) new energy-efficient light bulb will be given to a needy family within the South West District to help them save on their electricity bills.
2015: CDCS CELEBRATING COMMUNITIES
Recognition as Eco Office
Our commitment to environmental sustainability also extends to how we work, in the hope that we would be able to instil a sense of ownership among our staff towards caring for the environment and the community. The CDC is proud to be certified an ‘Eco Office’ by Singapore Environment Council between 2010 and 2017.