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LCCS Newsletter (English) - November 2010

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What's in this issue:
- LCCS 8th Anniversary & Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
- Students Work Services in 2010
- Events & Happenings
- New Beginnings

Language: English

Published in: Education
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LCCS Newsletter (English) - November 2010

  1. 1. programme too. Students from our Social Emotional Learning programme from Jurong and Temasek Secondary School were part of the invited guests for this special night. These students, having been involved with us throughout the year, have benefited greatly from the programme. These students were a great highlight during our Anniversary videos, As the crowds started entering the Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel Ballroom, observers would notice a mix of different ages all dressed up to be a part of the Lutheran Community Care Services (LCCS) 8th Anniversary & Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Although LCCS has been involved in changing stories and transforming lives of many youths involved in our school programmes and activities, this anniversary would be the first for many things. The Stars Our guests this year not only comprised of the many volunteers who have been strong supporters and contribu- tors to the changing of youths lives in our programmes, but also the recipients of our I N S I D E T H I S I S S U E : LCCS 8th Anniversary & Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 1-2 Students Work Services in 2010 3-4 Events & Happenings 5 New Beginnings 6 LCCS News N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 0 M I C A ( P ) 2 5 7 / 0 7 / 2 0 1 0 C O M P A N Y R E G : 2 0 0 2 0 7 5 8 6 Z I S S U E 1 1 Editor: Daniel Ang Kok Ser Editorial Team: Chong Kai Wei Jerene Ng Selina Wee Contact Details: SWS@Bedok 485, Bedok South Avenue 2, Singapore 469315 SWS@Bukit Timah 272 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #03-13/14, Singapore 588212 Website: www.lccs.org.sg LCCS 8th Anniversary & Volunteer Appreciation Dinner StudentsWork Services
  2. 2. P A G E 2 applause after each segment. This was an impressive performance considering the East View Primary School students had only began learning the skills from the mid of 2010. Guests of our opening ceremony of the SWS @ Bukit Timah Centre would have also recognised our guest singer, Chen Wei Kiat from Jurong Secondary School who performed 2 smashing hits, Wedding Dress & Poker Face on keyboard and vocals. The Unsung Heroes This night was not only just for the celebration of LCCS 8 years of continual efforts in Changing Stories, Transforming Lives of the youths. On this night, we also took the opportunity to bring forth the unsung heroes who not only contributed their time, but also their resources and efforts as volunteers with LCCS. Involved in various programmes in LCCS throughout the years, our volunteers have been key in helping LCCS extend our reach to be able to provide high contact, high impact and high engagement in our programmes to the youths. An End to a Night, But a New Beginning At the end of an amazing night, many knew in their which showcased heart- warming testimonials from these various students, as well as principals, school counsellors and teachers involved. Our other guests also included a special group of students who chose to give back to LCCS through their performances during our dinner. Students from East View Primary School and Temasek Secondary School performed various circus arts throughout the night. Their performances were watched in awe by the guests, with thunderous hearts that although this was the end of celebrating 8 good years of work in LCCS, this was also a brand new beginning for many more things to come in the future. With heartfelt thanks to all who had contributed and sponsored to make this event a reality, as well as all those who were present on this very special occasion (we absolutely enjoyed ourselves), LCCS looks forward to many more bright years ahead, to continue our mission of Changing Stories, Transform- ing Lives. M I C A ( P ) 2 5 7 / 0 7 / 2 0 1 0 P A G E 2
  3. 3. P A G E 3 Make a quick guess as to how many schools and students did Student Work Services serve in 2010? Yes, it is a whooping total of more than 600 students from 11 primary and secondary schools! It has been a really joyful 2010 for LCCS SWS. The staff has had really fruitful and valuable times reaching out to these students via various programmes like Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Enhanced STEP- UP, Time-Out Programme, and Life Skills programmes in schools such as (in alphabetical order) – Boon Lay Secondary, CHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent, East View Primary, Greendale Secondary, Hillgrove Secondary, Jurong Sec- ondary, Maris Stella High, Ngee Ann Primary, Temasek Secondary, Yu Neng Primary and Yusof Ishak Secondary School. In fact, everyday has been an exciting opportunity for all the staff, as the various activities have been catered largely to fit the specific needs of the students we work with. We have engaged youths through experiential activities such as rock climbing, combat skirmish, martial arts, circus arts, games, camps, etc – and have immensely enjoyed linking and learning with the youths through these platforms. This year, with the launch of the drop-in centre at Upper Bukit Timah, our programmes have also extended to include centre-based activities. The youth workers at the centre Students Work Services in 2010 have connected with our youths through lovely afternoon games of pool, table soccer, table hock- ey, Nintendo Wii and jamming sessions in the music studio. In fact, as the year goes on, we see more and more groups of students drop by the centre, and hence the increasing demand for space and facilities. See Page 5 to find out more about how you can help contribute to these youths! M I C A ( P ) 2 5 7 / 0 7 / 2 0 1 0 “I’m so thankful to the trainers as they provide interesting games for us. When we do not know things, they will be there for us. Thank you trainers! “I like all the trainers and their efforts to think of the games. I hope there will be this programme every year because it can allow me to turn from sad to happy. I love this programme! “I would like to say thank you to all the trainers for putting in a lot of work for us to learn and have fun!” “They are awesome. They have helped my class change for the better.” - Sec 1 students from our SEL programme
  4. 4. Donations: The Bukit Timah drop-in centre is expanding to cater to more students! Here we would like to appeal to you to contribute to the youths by donating one or more of the fol- lowing items (brand new or second-hand items in working condition would be greatly appreciated): For enquiries, kindly call Jonathan at 6463 4734 or email us at sws.bt@lccs.org.sg. On behalf of the youths, a very big THANK YOU! P A G E 4 It is heartening to see the harvest of the works by our wonderful and dedicated volunteers. So, What’s Next? 2011, of course, carries many challenges and hopes ahead. In the next year, LCCS SWS looks to reach out to more students in more schools, and expand our drop-in centre to include more fruitful and exciting activities for the youths. In fact, we are currently in the midst of preparing for the set up of a third centre somewhere in the Northern part of Singapore by early next year. So we have talked about our work in the schools as well as the drop-in centre. Of course, not forgetting the PODZ Mentoring programme where we work with youths from the Singapore Boys’ and Girls’ Home. This is the third year that LCCS is partnering with Ministry of Community Sports and Youth (MCYS) in engaging these youths, and helping them reintegrate back into society. In the recent barbecue, we had more than 20 youths who attended with their mentors to have a time of great fun and bonding. And together with the expansion of the staff force, LCCS SWS is hopeful to be able to change more and more stories, and transform more and more lives in the years ahead. We are extremely thrilled about the opportunities ahead. Here, we would like to really express our heartfelt appreciation to those who have helped, volunteered, or contributed in one way or another in the work – you’ve made a difference, no matter how big or small! ♦ 2 Electric Guitars ♦ 6 Acoustic Guitars ♦ Mini Hi-fi Set ♦ 4 sets of Tchoukball Equipment ♦ Board Games ♦ Christmas Tree & Decorations ♦ Combat Laser Tag Equipment ♦ Laptops M I C A ( P ) 2 5 7 / 0 7 / 2 0 1 0
  5. 5. Events & Happenings RP Training of Trainers The agency was greatly honoured to have Terry O'Connell from Australia pay us a visit from 10-13 August 2010 to conduct the Training of Trainers (TOT) for Restorative Practice (RP) Conferences. If you remember, the Restorative Practice Workshop for Schools was held in January this year and was conducted by Bruce Schenk. This TOT workshop would equip staff with the skills and knowledge to conduct similar RP Workshops for Schools in the future. It was such a fun and fruitful experi- ence learning from Terry - the Director of Real Justice Australia, also best known as the “cop from Wagga Wagga” who developed the Real Justice conference script. It was deeply inspiring to see in him what it meant to be adopting RP as an integral way of living and a toolbox - rather than simply just a tool or method. Being trained as Trainers to conduct future RP workshops is definitely a big step in the establishment of the Centre for Restorative Practices, read more in Page 6 for more information! Friends from Germany We were thrilled to have a group of pastors, volunteers and family from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bavar- ia come visit us on 9 July 2010. Boon Lay Secondary School gracefully led the group in an impressive tour of the school, as well as sharing with them the key points of the Singapore education system. It was indeed a fan- tastic experience having friends from overseas come over, and all of us really enjoyed learning from one another! P A G E 5
  6. 6. M I C A ( P ) 2 5 7 / 0 7 / 2 0 1 0 P A G E 6 Donations: For those who wish to support LCCS work, please send your cheque to Lutheran Community Care Services Ltd. 485 Bedok South Road, Singapore 469315. Alternatively, you can download the GIRO form from our website www.lccs.org.sg. LCCS is proud to announce the beginning of yet another chapter – the establishment of two new service arms – the Family Work Services (FWS) and Centre for Restorative Practices (CRP). To be established in Year 2011, both arms seek to further the agency’s work in reaching out to the community. Family Work Services (FWS) In the years ahead, FWS looks to advocate for strong, resilient and healthy families. It will focus on providing workshops and counselling services (premarital counselling, marital counselling, family counselling, etc) to families. It also encompasses adoption services, to be launched at the end of 2010. Indeed, we all know that behind eve- ry youth is a family, and families are the basic building blocks of society. And as LCCS continues to establish its work with youths under Students Work Services (SWS), there no doubt is the impending need to reach and support families and parents to transform their lives. In view of that, FWS seeks to be actively engaged in the process of changing stories by empowering children, youths, adults, couples, parents and grandparents to play life transforming roles in their family relationships. Spearheading FWS is Christina Ang, who has had several years of experience working closely with families and couples. Centre for Restorative Practices (CRP) Another major advancement is the establishment of the Centre for Restorative Practices (CRP). As the name suggests, this new arm would head work in Restorative Practices (RP), an area in which the agency greatly advocates for. It aims to reach out to institutions, schools and community to educate them about Restorative Practices through trainings, sharing, and giving support in conducting Restorative Conferences. The goal is to make Restorative Practices be a part of their daily approach. Ms Goh Chor Siang has been appointed the centre director for CRP. No doubt, LCCS is extremely excited about these new developments. Feel free to contact us should you be keen to join us as a staff or volunteer! And with your prayers as well, may we truly be able to make huge differences in changing stories, transforming lives. New Beginnings

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