Bethel Social Services
Following the 3 Principles of Singapore’s Social Safety Net – self-reliance, family as the first line of support, and the Many Helping Hands (MMH), we strive to help individual and families to become self-reliant in the long run.
In cases where those who fall through the cracks of the social safety net and are in need of social assistance, Bethel Community Services strives to empower these individuals and provide temporary financial assistance and/or food rations. We are currently serving residents who are residing in Paya Lebar Way, Pipit Road, Circuit Road, Aljunied Road, Balam Road, Geylang East and Sims Drive.
Our services include:
1. Information and Referral Service
To link individuals and families with appropriate help agencies and resources in the community.
To support individuals and families residing in our community facing issues relating to homelessness, poverty, unemployment, family issues and/or other personal issues and life challenges.
3. Financial and Food Rations assistance (Temporary)
To provide temporary aid to individuals and/or families who are residing within Paya Lebar Way, Pipit Road, Circuit Road, Aljunied Road, Balam Road, Geylang East and Sims Drive. Families who will like to apply for assistance under Bethel Community Services are subjected for an intake and case assessment with our trained staff. The frequency, suitability and length of the assistance provided are assessed by our case coordinators and social workers of BCS, in collaboration with the family.
Our food rations are collected through other social service organisations and through donors.
4. Social Services
We provide Free monthly haircut service on every last Friday of the month and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Services for the those in the community.
5. Community Outreach
Our volunteers venture out into the community every week to reach out to the residents in our community. If you require/know of someone who may require assistance who is residing within Paya Lebar Way, Pipit Road, Circuit Road, Aljunied Road, Balam Road, Geylang East and Sims Drive, please contact us at Tel: 6744 7422 or email us at email@example.com.
Please contact us if you are in need of financial assistance, counselling services or other social services. Financial aid is given based on the individual or family’s financial needs through documentation and assessment. Please contact us at 6744 7422 if you need assistance concerning areas in your lives.
SHOP & DONATE! – A joint collaboration with NTUC FairPrice
In 2018, Bethel Community Services (BCS) has partnered with NTUC FaiPrice for the Shop & Donate! Programme. Shop and Donate is an online giving platform hosted on NTUC FairPrice on its website, whereby charitable organizations may provide their wish list for members of the public to support.
BCS has customized a grocery wish list for the low-income families through choosing the items that are listed on the Fair Price website (www.fairprice.com.sg/DonatetoSSOrg#bethelCommunityServices). The Shop and Donate! initiative encourages the community to come together and help the less fortunate through grocery donations.
These basic food necessities will be donated to the low-income families in our community, which will go a long way to help them. Often, these families may not even have the means to buy these groceries to meet their basic needs. A small donation by you of any amount is definitely helpful to them.
Donors may wish to donate items according to what they feel is good to fulfill the wish list we have put up. Through the Shop and Donate! Initiative you can play a part in making a difference to those in need. We would also like to express our appreciation to NTUC FairPrice for giving us and other donors the opportunity to bless these families.
Make a difference today!
Project Pangarap – 30 September 2019
Students from SMU – Project Pangarap came to BCDC and BSCC to conduct fun and meaningful activities with our children such as building the tallest and strongest tower with newspapers, origami and to making pencil holders.
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Geylang Methodist Secondary School – 2 September 2019
Students from Geylang Methodist Secondary School taught our children lanterns and Playdoh making, thus enabling them to unleash their creativity cells!
Presbyterian High School – Learning Festival – 30 August 2019
Students from Presbyterian High School planned a series of games like Charades, Pictureka, Taaboo and musical chairs for the children. The children are being exposed to a number of activities that requires communication, creativity, use of vocabulary and teamwork.
SOTA (Year 3) BSCC | August 2019
After several sessions with us, it was time for us to bid farewell to SOTA’s year 3 students. Their last activity, was having a paper plane competition with the Primary 1 & 2s, of which they are very enthusiastic about!
SOTA (Year 3) BCDC – August 2019
Following the centre’s theme, sea creatures, students from SOTA taught the children to make sea creatures through arts and crafts activities, and some taught them rhythmic beats!
Tampines-Meridian Junior College – 23 August 2019
Volunteers from Tampines Meridian Junior College shared with our children (K2) about underwater life and colours by getting them involved in craft work that used shaving cream, coloured motif and papers.
Cedar Girls’ Secondary School – Anti-bullying – 16 August 2019
Volunteers from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School designed and wrote a storybook on anti-bullying to share with the students from BCS, to raise awareness among them about bullying at a young age.
SMU Kidleidoscope 2019 – July 2019
Yearly affair, SMU Kidleidoscope has partnered with us to deliver exciting activities with our children from our centres, with their signature tie-dye activity with us. On top of that, they taught our children to make dreamcatchers too!
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Self-defense Muay Thai Lessons with Bethel Student Care – 10 June – 14 June 2019
Known as the Art of the 8 limbs, two trainers from IMPACT Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) came down to BSCC and conducted a 5-day lesson with the students and taught them basic fighting skills which included a series of punches, kicks and knees.
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Ngee Ann Polytechnic – Psychology Studies – 11 June 2019
The N1 group from BCDC were blessed by a group of students from NP’s psychology studies with games such as identifying the animals, puzzle fixing, and even making a Father’s Day card with them!
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SMU – Project Shining Lights VIII – 11 June 2019
With fun and effortful station games brought by SMU OCIP Team: Project Shining Lights VIII – musical chairs, tic-tac-toe, and charades, the children from BSCC enjoyed themselves a whole lot!
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NUS – Operation Ulysses – 3 June 2019
NUS Operation Ulysses, brought the students from BSCC to Marina Barrage on a journey to learn about the importance of water conservation.
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School of the Arts (SOTA) Year 4 Week-long service volunteering – 27 May – 31 May 2019
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“Is SOTA coming today?” – BSCC Student
A yearly affair, BCS has partnered with SOTA and the Year 4 students have blessed BCS and our children with a variety of art-themed activities – through visual arts and theatre arts. Over a period of 5 months, the students have also designed toilet wall stickers for Bethel Child Development Centre and Bethel Kinderlites. What other theme to use when designing stickers for a toilet? The students have designed eye-catching and adorable pond-themed stickers, from ducks, to koi fishes, and right down to water puddles and bubbles. Fundraising is also an important concept, of which the students have taken the time and effort to raise funds to print the stickers, amidst juggling their studies and their arts.
To end off their service learning with us, they had a week-long programme where they conducted activities with Bethel Kinderlites (BK) and Bethel Student Care Centre (BSCC), where the children looked forward to meeting them for every session. Finger-painting art sessions were conducted with BK, and while it was truly adorable to see them at work, the student volunteers had to ensure that the children do not make a mess themselves! Fast-paced reactions games as such the famous ‘Bang!’ was conducted with the students from BSCC. With the children’s competitive natures in place, they were fully focused and in the zone of wanting to win our student volunteers.
Their efforts in planning for the previous sessions has left a memorable impression with our BSCC students till they often ask us “When is SOTA coming back?” or if there’s a volunteer group that is coming on the day itself – “are we having SOTA with us today?”
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Field Trip with Bethel Kinderlites – 3 May 2019
What a better way to spend a Friday morning admiring nature’s flora and fauna?
Bethel Kinderlites was blessed by Liberty Insurance for a trip to Gardens by the Bay on 3 May 2019.
With curious minds, the children walked through Flower Dome and Cloud Forest with the volunteers from Liberty Insurance, parents and the teachers themselves.
Chinese New Year – 11 February 2019
A time of well wishes of prosperity and good health, SOTA have blessed the students from Bethel Student Care Centre with Seven Food Hampers for Chinese New Year! These hampers were brought in by their Year 3 students who are collaborating with us to conduct activities with the children in Bethel Student Care Centre (BSCC). Thank you SOTA for the wonderful blessings!
National Day Food Bundle Distribution. A collaboration between G and L Surgical and Bethel Community Services.
In celebration of Singapore’s National Day, G&L Surgical team together with the staff of Bethel Community Services and Bethel Assembly had distributed food bundles to 50 low-income families and elderly who resides in rental flats to help improve their physical and emotional lives. It was as much a fulfilling day for all the volunteers.
The purpose of this National Day drive was to collect, pack, prepare and deliver food and necessity items to needy individuals and families with financial difficulties who live in single room flats. Even in today’s society, there are still many families and individuals who need our aid for basic provisions that we often take for granted. It was an absolutely amazing feeling to share in their lives and their stories and be able to experience their sincere gratitude and joy!
Everyone involved, including the children, were thoroughly enriched on this auspicious day for Singapore.