First Enabling Services Hub opens in Tampines; to provide persons with disabilities with support closer to home

ESH@Tampines will collaborate with local community partners in Tampines and Bedok to tailor programs and services to residents.

Farhana Subuhan

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Published: 15 August 2023, 2:10 PM

In a bid to enhance the support network for persons with disabilities, the inaugural Enabling Services Hub (ESH) was unveiled in Tampines West Community Club by Minister for Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli on Monday (Aug 14).

A partnership between SG Enable and the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD), the ESH will extend its services to residents with disabilities and their families living in Tampines and Bedok.

The ESH aims to cultivate a “more robust support system” within the community for individuals with disabilities through offering befriending services, organising social and recreational activities, as well as providing specialised courses for persons with disabilities.

Earlier this year, ESH@Tampines started its community outreach to better understand the needs of residents with disabilities and their caregivers. It said that it will continue to work with local community partners in Tampines and Bedok to curate programmes and services to serve the needs of the residents.

Among the offerings are community activities such as Health Promotion Board workout sessions and library volunteering, along with caregiver support and training, peer support networks, and respite care services.

Bedok and Tampines residents who wish to apply for the services at ESH@Tampines should be Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents between 19 and 60 years old. They must also be diagnosed with disabilities of the following nature – physical, intellectual (IQ level of less than 70), sensory (visual impairment or deafness) or autism.

Younger or older persons with disabilities may approach the ESH to enquire about their eligibility for its on-site services or other disability support.

The establishment of the ESH is part of the Enabling Masterplan 2030 (EMP2030), which outlines Singapore’s aspiration to become an inclusive society by 2030.

Minister for Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli said that the ESH will “enable residents with disabilities to actively participate in the community.”

“To be truly inclusive, persons with disabilities must be socially connected to the community. This is why the ESH is more than just a physical space at Tampines West CC. It is about individuals and organisations coming together to make inclusion part of their everyday,” Mr Masagos added.

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