Chinese Women’s Association Social Service Leaders Exchange Programme (16th – 29th June 2019)

SSLEP 2019

14 Participants

12 Countries



Family Service Centres

Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre (AMKFSC Community Services Ltd) AWWA Family Service Centre
Cheng San Family Service Centre (AMKFSC Community Services Ltd) MWS Family Service Centre – Yishun

Reflections – FSC Visits


Specialised Agencies

AWWA Disability Centre AWWA Transition Shelter
Youth Infinity, AMKFSC Community Services JYC @ Children’s Society
Fei Yue Youth GO! Sunbeam Place @ Children’s Society
Trans SAFE Centre

Reflections from Singapore

“ Systemic barriers comes with their own sets of challenges in different countries. Through the delegates’ sharing, I realised that the difference between VWOs in Singapore and overseas include 1) the amount of resources we can garner and 2) the support we have from our government. These may be factors that contribute to us being able to come up with more services locally. Yet, despite the varying challenges, what prevails is our fighting spirit- the spirit of going the extra mile for the populations we serve” – Ying Ning, AMKFSC Community Services

“They were a great bunch, asked a lot of good questions. They were also really respectful of our clients, and asked me on whether there were any cultural norms that we had to be aware of. We really had fruitful conversations with each other” Social Worker from AWWA FSC

“I would like to affirm this batch of SSLEP participants for displaying good teamwork, team leadership, open minded and good positive attitude…they kept a positive open mind to understand the specialist agencies they were going to , and were also able to share they key learning points… they are adaptable and had a good learning attitude.” – Connie Ng, MWS FSC – Yishun

Talks and Sharing by

Dr S Vasoo
Associate Professorial Fellow, National University of Singapore
Khadijah Madihi – Director, Asia Family First
Ms Usha Menon, Executive Chairman, Usha Menon Management Consultancy Ms Carrie Tan,
Executive Director, Daughters of Tomorrow
Mr Clinton Gallistan,
Director, Justice and Institutions,Lutheran Community Services
Dr New Yu Wei,
Research Fellow, NUS Social Service Research Centre
Mr Ong Pei Ni,
Lead Social Worker, AMKFSC
Community Services
Ms Long Chey May, President,
Singapore Association of Social Workers
Ms Gay Ling Fang,
Senior Social Worker,
AMKFSC Community Services
Ms Natalie Lim,
Centre Head, Ang Mo Kio Family
Service Centre, AMKFSC Community Services
Ms Morene Sim

Programme Objectives

Established by the Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund under the auspices of the NUS Department of Social Work, the Chinese Women’s Association (CWA) graciously supports the Social Service Leaders Exchange Programme to enhance skills and professional development of promising young social work and service leaders in the region to promote philanthropy and social development. The programme is funded by the generosity of Mr Richard YM Eu in memory of his mother, the late Mrs Diana Eu, and also to commemorate the 90th birthday of Mrs Betty Chen, Immediate Past President & Patron of Chinese Women’s Association.

About 15 social service leaders from Asia and in particular ASEAN, will be selected to come to Singapore to learn and to share their experiences in their own communities with Singapore social work and service practitioners. This programme will also provide opportunities for professionals in Singapore’s social service field to learn about current issues faced by their counterparts in different countries in the region

Programme Outline

The two-week programme will be held in Singapore, under the auspices of the Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore from the 16th to 29th of June 2019.

Participants would be involved in the following activities:

  1. Exposure to local social work agencies in Singapore to gain some understanding of social work case management in Singapore.
  2. Placement in an agency related to applicant’s area of specialization – i) Family Violence (Adult and Interpersonal violence), ii) Children and Youth Work, iii) Health and Mental Health Social Work.
  3. Workshops and Trainings in relevant areas of interest, which may include case management, advocacy, leadership in social services, etc.
  4. Participants would be expected to conduct a workshop to a local audience as part of a knowledge sharing experience. The workshop is to be related to the area of work that participants are involved or interested in.
  5. At the end of the learning experience, participants would also be required to deliver presentations with their local Singaporean counterparts on practical ideas to move social services forward in their relevant social contexts, both locally and internationally.

For Enquiry

DR. Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund

“Regional Social Service Leaders Exchange Programme”  Application Form

Application criteria

  1. Applicants must be a social service practitioner (ideally with recognised/accredited social work education) in their home countries.
  2. Applicants to hold middle management positions with at least 3 years of work experience in the sector (25 – 45 years old).
  3. Applicants are able to converse, read, and write effectively in English. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to complete a Skype interview in English.
  4. Applicants are able to conduct a 30-minutes mini-seminar to present their organisation services/programmes, a specific topic related to their field of expertise or work experiences in their respective country’s context.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following items:

  1. Completed application form
  2. A cover letter of application addressed to the Social Service Leaders Exchange Programme Committee. The letter should contain a brief explanation of the applicant’s background, current area of work, and reasons for applying to this programme.
  3. Updated CV, academic degree certificates, relevant professional training certification.
  4. Two letters of recommendations from employers or other persons with significant knowledge of the applicant in a professional capacity.

Selection Process

  1. Closing Date of Application: 17th Feb 2019.
  2. Selection will give priority to individuals who are in the best position to apply the skills and opportunities from the programme to these relevant fields – i) Family Issues and Violence, ii) Children and Youth, iii) Health and Mental Health