Care Corner Singapore Ltd
Care Corner Singapore Ltd is a registered charity with an Institute of a Public Character (‘IPC’) and a member of the National Council of Social Services (NCSS). It was established in 1981 to serve the needs of the community by providing a holistic range of services to help underprivileged and marginalised individuals and families. In 2017, Care Corner was awarded the Charity Transparency Award and Charity Governance Award from The Charity Council.
We believe that strong and stable families are the foundation upon which community is built, and that a vibrant family life is fundamental to the growth of individuals. As such, our focus is on serving, strengthening and supporting families with a vision of “Care to Every Corner in Singapore”. We serve and positively impact more than 14,363 direct beneficiaries in FY 2017/18 with our team of dedicated staff, volunteers and like-minded givers.
Care Corner Educational Therapy Services (ETS) provides specialised learning support services for children with learning difficulties and their parents low- and middle-income families that are unable to afford the high charges from specialists/therapists in private practice. There are 15% of children in Singapore having learning disabilities, but many are not identified and are struggling in their learning without appropriate support. We help children aged 5 to 13 studying in mainstream primary schools and pre-schools with learning difficulties (e.g. dyscalculia, dysgraphia, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, ADHD and reading difficulties including those that are not dyslexic in nature) and parents of the above-mentioned children who often struggle in coping with the difficulties of their children’s conditions.
Intended use of funds through the YFC 2019 programme
Care Corner ETS operates three centres in Toa Payoh, Tampines and Woodlands and their educational therapy services have yielded positive results and responses from partnering specialist agencies and institutions, as well as parents. In 2018, we serve about 250 families in the mentioned area.
However, such learning support services require high operational cost due to the low teacher-student ratio to ensure each child’s needs are met. In addition, providing subsidies for the children from less privileged background also escalates the operational cost. As a result, with the affordable charging rates and subsidies we provide, Care Corner ETS is running on a deficit and depending on kind donors and sponsors to support the work, so that these children are able to receive the much-needed help.
Engaging and involving the YFC participants
YFC team can discuss with our programme manager to arrange visits to the centre, as well as organise outings or workshops with our beneficiaries, to understand better of the difficulties that our children are facing.