Conferences


21 March 2016 - S R Nathan Professor Public Lecture


Event details: Monday, 21 March 2016, 10am to 11.30am, LT9, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore

Speaker: Michael Sherraden, S R Nathan Professor of Social Work, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Chair: Ngiam Tee Liang, Associate Professorial Fellow, Department of Social Work

The S R Nathan public lecture was well attended by 95 participants, from the social service sector, social work students, and academic staff from NUS.



Click here for more information about the speaker and the presentation.
Click here for the presentation slides.
Click here for the video recording of the lecture.


18 June 2015 - BLESS touched many young lives in the Southwest region of Singapore


Event details: Thursday, 18 June 2015, Southwest of Singapore

Besides the mobile family day imitative, Bless has also started a community reading program, Shining Star Reads @ South West, to reach out to children in the South West district of Singapore. On a fortnightly basis, BLESS founder, Francesca Wah, and her group of volunteers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the National Institute of Education (NIE) visit the children at their void decks. At the program, the volunteers will read stories to teach these children values such as compassion for the community. Funded by the South West Community Development Council (CDC), Shining Star Reads @ South West has benefited more than 120 children since its launch in August 2014.


16 June 2015 - Social Isolation Seminar


Event details: Thursday, 18 June 2015, Southwest of Singapore

The Social Isolation Seminar featured how social isolation affects the well–being of elderly in Singapore and how it can be identified and managed. Prof James Lubben the originator of the Lubben Social Network Scale and two local speakers (Dr Angelique Chan and Dr Ng Wai Chong) shared their research and perspectives on tackling the issue of social isolation. Some 150 participants from the social service sector and academia attended the seminar. The seminar is organized by Next Age Institute, Social Service Institute and Centre for Social Development Asia.

Speakers:

Dr. James Lubben
Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor in Social Work, Director of Institute on Aging Boston College

Dr. Ng Wai Chong
Medical Director, Tsao Foundation

Ms Angelique Chan Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore Department of Sociology, Singapore

For more resources, please refer to:


  • here for Dr James Lubben's presentation on Social Support and Social Isolation among the Elderly

  • here for Dr Ng Wai Chong's presentation on Managing Social Isolation

  • here for Ms Angelique Chan's presentation on Loneliness and Mortality: Results from a Longitudinal Survey of Social Isolation, Health, and Lifestyles


17 Mar 2015 - CSDA Town Hall Meeting with Directors from VWOs


Event details: Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015, Social Service Institute, 111 Somerset Road, #04-01 TripleOne Somerset, Singapore 238164

The inaugural Town Hall on Financial Administrations of Charities in Singapore was held at the Social Service Institute on the 17th March 2015. The Town Hall aims to raise awareness on the importance of adopting good financial management practices in charities. The event featured sharing from both international and local experts. Over 170 chief executives, financial managers, auditors, academics and sector representatives came together to discuss issues and challenges faced by senior management ,Board members and external auditors in the charity sector The town hall is co-organized by the Charities Council and CSDA. The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), the National Council of Social Services (NCSS), and Social Service Institute (SSI) support the event. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) sponsored the event.


13 Dec 2014 - BLESS launches Mobile Family Day to celebrate SG50


Event details: Saturday, 13 Dec 2014, Southwest of Singapore

Bringing Love To Every Single Soul (BLESS), a community-focused non-profit organisation managed by NUS students and alumni, launched the Mobile Family Day. This imitative aims to reach out to lower income residents in southwest Singapore in celebration of Singapore’s 50th anniversary. Through station games and exhibition booths to commemorate significant milestones in Singapore’s nation building journey, the mobile family days aims to educate the young about Singapore’s 49 years of heritage. The highlight of the event includes a 60-inch by 30-inch Lego mural put together by the community.

To find out more about BLESS:

BLESS website, BLESS Facebook, BLESS youtube video


15 Nov 2014 - Launch of North West POSB SavingStars Programme


Event details: Saturday, 15 Nov 2014, 9:45am to 12:30pm, Republic Polytechnic Lecture Theatre E5, 9 Woodlands Avenue 9, S(738984)

300 guests attended the Launch of North West POSB SavingStars Programme held at Republic Polytechnic on 15th Nov 2014. This programme is jointly organised by North West Community Development Council (CDC), POSB Bank Singapore, Care Corner Family Service Centres (FSC) within the North West District and Centre for Social Development (Asia). The 18 month programme, which has components of matched savings, experiential group work and financial literacy workshops, will enable 240 children to cultivate good saving habits and build knowledge on financial literacy. They will be supported to reach their savings goals by mentors from Care Corner FSC and also from their parents. CSDA will be working with Care Corner FSC on a research study involving the capturing and analysing of data on the impact that the programme has on the children’s knowledge and attitude towards savings and aspirations for the future.

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16 Aug 2014 - Official Launch of Bringing Love to Every Single Soul (BLESS) and CSDA-BLESS collaboration


Event details: Saturday, 16 Aug 2014, 8.30am to 12.30pm, Lecture Theatre 8, AS5, National University of Singapore, 11 Kent Ridge Drive S(119244).

Guest of Honour: Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary of Ministry of Social and Family Development & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

More than 100 people, including students, alumni, NUS staff, social service practitioners and elderly volunteers from the community attended the launch of Bringing Love To Every Single Soul (BLESS), a community-focused non profit organisation managed by NUS students and alumni. The event also celebrated the start of a three year collaboration between CSDA and BLESS which will set forth further initiatives on social development programmes and research initiatives.The event was graced by Singapore Parliamentary Secretary Ms Low Yen Ling, Ministry of Social and Family Development and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, who was the Guest-of-Honour.

To find out more about BLESS:

BLESS website, BLESS Facebook, BLESS youtube video


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17 Feb 2014 - S R Nathan Professor Public Lecture: Innovations in Asset Building by Prof Michael Sherraden


Event details: Monday, 17 Feb 2014, 3.00pm to 5.00pm, Shaw Foundation Alumni House, National University of Singapore, 11 Kent Ridge Drive S(119244).

Speaker: Michael Sherraden, Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Chair: Irene Ng Yue Hoong, Associate Professor, Social Work Department, NUS

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Presentation slide: Download

NUS Youtube Channel: here

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25 Nov 2013 - CIMA-NUS Research Partnership Signing Ceremony


Event details: Monday, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 25 November 2013, Auditorium, Shaw Foundation Building, NUS.

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have engaged in a research partnership to begin a three-year study on accountability in the social service sector in July 2014.
The multi-disciplinary research team comprising of professors in the Centre for Social Development (Asia) (CSDA), Social Work Department and colleagues from NUS Business School aims to understand the standard and skill level of accountability of non-profit organisations in the social service sector. Recommendations for improvements to both policy makers and social service practitioners are the important goals of the study.

The research study is also supported by the Office of the Commissioner of Charities, the National Council of Social Service and the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

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22 Nov 2013 - Roundtable on Discussion on Research Priorities on Social Development Issues


Event details: Friday, 2:30 - 5:30 PM 22 November 2013, Guild House, Kent Ridge Campus, NUS

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24 Sep 2013 - Building an Inclusive Society: Understanding and Empowering the Poor in Singapore


Event details: Tuesday, 9:30 AM -1:00 PM 24 September 2013, LT9, National University of Singapore.

Organizers: Singapore Research Nexus, Social Science and Policy Cluster, Centre for Social Development (Asia)

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9 Sep 2013 - A Visioning Retreat


Event details: Friday, 2:00-5:00 PM 9 September 2013, Reserach Division Seminar Room, AS7, Level 6, Shaw Foundation Building, NUS

Organizer: A/P Corinne Ghoh, Department of Social Work, NUS

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