To mark its 20th anniversary in December as well as its annual RoundBox Day, staff and youth members from our drop-in centre RoundBox @ Children’s Society chose to give back to the residents of Toa Payoh.

They organised a free market for the residents, setting up stalls at the Centre that offered pre-loved items including books, clothes, toys and household goods. All items were donated by staff members and residents in the area.

Ahead of the event, flyers were distributed in nearby blocks, inviting residents to attend and to bring along pre-loved items in good condition to exchange for others on offer.

Youth members also visited nearby coffeeshops, personally inviting residents to the event.

On the day itself, our youth members walked visitors through the marketplace, telling them about the various items on offer. They also shared information about the youth centre.

The people in your neighbourhood: Youth members playing host at RoundBox

RoundBox @ Children’s Society is one of four youth drop-in centres run by the Society, and uses sports and arts programmes to promote positive behaviour and reduce risk behaviours among youth. While engaging in activities from Brazilian Jujitsu to jamming in a band, they learn values such as respect and responsibility.

“We’re proud to mark 20 years of having a positive impact on youth in the area, and that our beneficiaries are celebrating that by paying it forward to the community. We look forward to doing more good work in the years to come,” says Ms Charmaine Francesca Tan, Assistant Director/Head of RoundBox @ Children’s Society.