SUSS Service-Learning Sectors: Community Building

A community is made up of people who live within a geographically defined area and who have social and psychological ties with each other and with the place where they live, and community building involves developing the social networks and engaging in activities to increase community social capacity. In Singapore, there has been renewed focus and priority in building a caring and cohesive society, especially with rising religious extremism. With the celebration of SG 50 in 2015, there has been strong interest to engage Singaporeans in conversations on the collective future that we want to build as a community. The following 12 perspectives were distilled from the contributions and ideas of more than 10,000 Singaporeans in Our Singapore Conversation (OSC): (*Please see below for the 12 perspectives)


In Singapore, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and People’s Association (PA) are key drivers in strengthening community bonds. Through encouraging community involvement of the arts via National Arts Council (NAC), preserving and appreciating national and cultural heritage via National Heritage Board (NHB), promoting volunteerism and philanthropy, cultivating pride and bond through sports, and supporting youth development and leadership through National Youth Council (NYC), MCCY strives to create a cohesive and vibrant society that is rooted in our national identity. Established in 1960, PA aims to build and bridge communities, offering a network of 1,800 grassroots organizations, over 100 Community Clubs, 5 Community Development Councils (CDC) and National Community Leadership Institute to connect people to people and people and government.


As part of the Singapore community, you may wish to explore the role in which you can play in helping to develop a stronger and more cohesive community, and in influencing policies and programmes towards a more equitable society.

(Last updated as of July 10th, 2019)

1. Global trends can hit religious harmony in Singapore: Shanmugam
2. Our Singapore Conversation Survey Findings
3. Charity Portal, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore
4. Volunteerism & giving statistics and publications

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