One Project, Many Lives Touched

March last year, excITE, our youth centre, embarked on a collaboration with ITE College East for a service learning project, sponsored by Chip Eng Seng Pte Ltd, a construction company.

After the completion of 24 hours of service learning within a year, the 22 student participants chosen by ITE were each awarded the Chip Eng Seng Study Grant.

During the course of the project, the students served the needy elderly in the community and learned to step out of their comfort zone to overcome language barriers and more. The following are some of their testimonials and reflections. Continue reading “One Project, Many Lives Touched”

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4 Activities to Help Your Child Cultivate Gratefulness

Here at our Student Care Centre, also affectionately called Sunshine Club, we take each holiday season as an opportunity to conduct fun activities to teach the children important attitudes and values.

Last December, Sunshine Club had a whole month of activities that centred on gratefulness. Check out some of the children’s art pieces.  Continue reading “4 Activities to Help Your Child Cultivate Gratefulness”

Childhood Trauma – 5 Commonly Overlooked Symptoms

“Parents need to be aware of possible causes of trauma and the effects it can have on their children.” – Ms Kathleen Yee, BCCSC social worker and counsellor

Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms if allowed to persist during childhood or adolescent years often leaves the individual more susceptible to relationship and mental health issues such as depression or low self-esteem.

Ms Yee shares on how PTS symptoms can be identified early so that children can receive early intervention to prevent inhibition in their education and personal development. Continue reading “Childhood Trauma – 5 Commonly Overlooked Symptoms”

Awareness Week 2016

Two Sundays ago, we launched our annual volunteer recruitment drive, more commonly known as BCCSC Awareness Week (BAW). The days leading up to the event was loaded with both excitement and anxiety. As a voluntary welfare organization, many of our services and programmes would benefit significantly if we could get more volunteers. Continue reading “Awareness Week 2016”

Courage to Get Started. Conviction to Keep Going.

Volunteering at excITE for the past 3.5 years has been a very enriching experience for me. There were times when I felt really glad and encouraged that I was making a difference in the students’ lives, but there were also seasons when I struggled to carry on.
Continue reading “Courage to Get Started. Conviction to Keep Going.”

How to Discipline Your Child in Public

Scenario: It’s a pleasant Saturday brunch out with family. While mom is busy feeding toddler Joe his porridge, 5 year old Ben turns to you and starts asking for your iPhone, to which your reply is no, because the dining table is not the place for gadgets. He refuses to accept your answer and starts to wail. The dilemma – give in to the child’s demand, let the child continue making a scene, or discipline him. Continue reading “How to Discipline Your Child in Public”

Walking the Talk. Sweat, Grime & Love.

Inch-thick dust, moldy furniture, long expired food, pest infested cabinets, stained tiles, filthy toilets not cleaned for years, along with piled up trash, clutter. They knew what awaited them, they came prepared and armed with masks, gloves, bleach cleaning detergents and extra doses of passion. Continue reading “Walking the Talk. Sweat, Grime & Love.”

Stepping Up to be a Volunteer

I always felt the call to support causes.  From obscure ones to do with nature or animal conservation, to those of the very basic human need – access to food, medicine, etc.  However, being a working adult in time-starved Singapore meant one simply couldn’t pursue every societal cause that comes our way.  One has to choose, to decide on a particular cause which resonates most with oneself and then to prioritize one’s time in order to support that cause. Continue reading “Stepping Up to be a Volunteer”