Christmas Special: A Look Back on 2020
Service Heads (from left to right) Ms Lin Xiaoling, Mr Chee Thow Wei Liat, Ms Tan Bee Joo and Mr Cayden Woo sharing the ups and downs of their centres and department in 2020
Adjustment and constant learning – for Ms Lin Xiaoling, Deputy Director/Head of Advocacy and Research department, those were the words that captured the year for Singapore Children’s Society as we worked to support children and families in need amidst a global pandemic.
As 2020 draws to a close, it is only apt to reflect on the year gone by. And that’s what we have done in a Christmas video featuring the heads of some of our centres and departments.
Besides Ms Lin, Mr Cayden Woo, Deputy Director/Head of Operations of Sunbeam Place @ Children’s Society, Mr Chee Thow Wei Liat, Assistant Director/Head of VOX @ Children’s Society, and Ms Tan Bee Joo, Senior Director/Head of Yishun Family Service @ Children’s Society, shared how they adapted to the constant changes wrought by the evolving situation.
When the Circuit Breaker kept the nation at home, staff members from Yishun Family Service @ Children’s Society came up with other ways to stay connected with their beneficiaries, including online. They produced simple videos to teach families how to gather on the online meeting platform, Zoom.
Our youth workers from VOX @ Children’s Society, meanwhile, ran livestreaming on Instagram and organised virtual drop-in spaces to engage our youth when the centre’s operations were suspended and it became impossible to ‘drop by’ after school hours as they were used to.
For the residents of Sunbeam Place @ Children’s Society, who also had to stay in the Home all day as schools remained closed, getting a sufficient number of laptops for home-based learning was a challenge. Fortunately, Engineering Good came through for our children, donating refurbished laptops so each child could have one for their learning.
While technology was indispensable in keeping us connected and safe, Bee Joo and Wei Liat pointed to another valuable lesson we learnt: that it is no substitute for the work done by trained social workers and counsellors, enabled by donations received from the public.
So on our collective wish list this Christmas is an appeal to the public to help us continue to do the work that we believe will lift our children, and give them the same opportunities as yours.
#BeOurSanta by making a donation here this festive season.