About

The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Singapore is the oldest women’s organisation in Singapore. Founded in 1875, the YWCA has always been committed to meeting the needs of our society through her active involvement in community services and its many programmes and activities. Over the years, the work of the Association has developed and includes the following:-

  • FORT CANNING LODGE, our social enterprise which offers affordable accommodation and meeting, training and seminar room facilities in the heart of Dhoby Ghaut.
  • 10 CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTRES located islandwide, which provide quality and accessible early childcare and education services.
  • “Yes U Can…Be Included!” (ESU) is an integration and early intervention programme for preschool children with mild special needs, providing them with mainstream preschool education in a regular childcare environment, with the purpose of integrating them into normal schools.
  • Hungry No More: Sustenance for Families distributes dry rations to needy families every month.
  • Hungry No More: Meals-on-Wheels for Elderly, Children and the Disabled distributes free and nutritious lunches for elderly and the disabled and dinners for children from low-income families every weekday.
  • Kids’ Weekday Care is a thrice-weekly after-school care focusing on the overall development of children from low-income families through a broad range of activities such as tutoring, enrichment, soft skills and life skills workshops, outings and group work.
  • Workz-On-Wheels imparts craft and life skills to build the confidence and self-esteem of children and youths, aged 7 to 19, from various children’s homes and schools.
  • Empowering Mums is a series of transformative workshops dedicated to helping back-to-work mothers from low-income families gain the skills, support and confidence they need to be successfully employed.
  • YWCA Safety Alert is a first-of-its-kind free mobile phone application developed by the YWCA as part of its public education effort to promote the safety and well-being of women in Singapore.
  • YWCA House is a hostel catering to girls aged 18 to 25 who do not have a conducive home after leaving children’s or girls’ homes. This hostel serves as a platform to practise independence before they step out into society.
  • Bursary Scheme awards bursaries to beneficiaries of Meals-On-Wheels for Children programme to motivate them to improve their studies and affirm their talent in other areas like sports and the arts.
  • Financial Assistance Programme subsidises school fees for needy children attending our Child Development Centres who are unable to afford the full fees.

Being a voluntary welfare organisation, the YWCA has a strong base of passionate and dedicated volunteers from all walks of life supporting the Association and helping to further its cause. They share their time, expertise and talents with the YWCA and help enhance the services it provides. Some of them also share their leadership skills by serving on the Board of Management and in the various Committees.

The YWCA is not a member of Community Chest and does not receive any funding from it. Profit generated from its social enterprise arms consisting of its child care services and accommodation facilities at the Fort Canning Lodge are channeled back into the community to fund its community projects and services. In addition, generous donations from corporate and individual donors also help to sustain, improve and expand the work of the YWCA.

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