Countdown to SCS2022
The future direction of the Society was the focus of our Strategic Townhall Meeting at the Singapore Pools Building on 24 March 2018.
Chairman Mr Koh Choon Hui and the senior management team addressed our 115 staff members and the Society’s Executive Committee members, covering plans and strategies for SCS2022, when the Society will turn 70.
The future was the focus of discussions at the Society's Strategic Townhall Meeting.
Mr Koh, who spoke about the Society’s milestones, achievements and fundraising initiatives, pointed to the need for a ‘whole of society’ approach to service delivery as it moves forward. He emphasised the need to be aware of the services other agencies provide so that we do not duplicate them.
Chief Service Officer Ms Sue Cheng then introduced the Society’s new centre groupings, explaining how they will help optimise our resources while achieving better synergies and outcomes. Senior Director of Corporate Services Ms Ang Boon Min took the team through various corporate support functions.
The final presentation was delivered by Human Resource Manager, Ms Catherine Ng, who had good news: the Society’s staff engagement survey revealed an engagement score higher than the national average. She also revealed plans to enhance staff learning and development through a staff competency framework.
The panel discussion provided an opportunity for staff to ask questions and make comments, and they welcomed the opportunity to engage the management.
Mr Muhammad Taha Bin Hussein Mattar, a social worker at VOX @ Children's Society, wondered how Children’s Society will be affected by Singapore’s falling birth rate.
Mr Koh responded that while it was ideal for the Society to “work ourselves out of a job”, it was unlikely to be anytime soon. “We should continue to focus on what needs to be done for those in need, as there will always be someone who needs our help,” he said
The session helped put several things into perspective, said Mr Fang Xinwei, a senior social worker at Family Service Centre (Yishun), adding: “It allowed me to better understand the work that we are doing as well as to connect it with the bigger picture."
The next strategic planning meeting will take place next year.