Tote Board Launches a $30 Million Enabling Lives Initiative, Targeting Persons with Disabilities and Their Caregivers

26 Oct 2014

Date: 26 Oct, 2014

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Tote Board Launches a $30 Million Enabling Lives Initiative, Targeting Persons with Disabilities and Their Caregivers

1. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, announced a $30 million “Tote Board-Enabling Lives Initiative”, at the Taman Jurong Zone E Residents’ Committee Healthy Lifestyle Day, an event organised as part of the Health Screening Programme spearheaded by Taman Jurong Grassroots Organisations. The programme targets to screen about 500 residents, who are above 40 years old, for chronic diseases.

2. The Tote Board-Enabling Lives Initiative, over a period of five years, adopts a fresh approach to bringing the community together and enabling cross-sector collaborations to create meaningful social impact for persons with disabilities and their caregivers. The intended outcome is to improve the quality of life and well-being of persons with disabilities and their caregivers.

3. This is the first initiative of such nature by Tote Board for the disability sector. It will bring together the community of Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs), social enterprises and other organisations to work together to co-create and shape solutions that address the challenges faced by persons with disabilities and their caregivers over the course of their lives.

4. Tote Board will partner SG Enable and National Council of Social Service (NCSS) to deliver this initiative, commencing January 2015 (details in Annex).

5. “Tote Board initiated this programme with our partners – SG Enable and NCSS – with the aim of creating a positive impact on persons with disabilities and their caregivers. The initiative focuses on shared outcomes for persons with disabilities and their caregivers; and provides funding for innovative projects and evidence-based solutions. It is hoped that this will result in deeper engagement with our stakeholders and partners, and offer a platform for sharing of good practices, in turn leading to more collaborations to further benefit the disability sector,” said Mr Fong Yong Kian, Chief Executive of Tote Board.

6. “SG Enable is pleased to partner Tote Board in administering the Tote Board-Enabling Lives Initiative. The grant will fund pilot projects as well as help scale-up existing programmes that address challenges faced by persons with disabilities and their caregivers. By working closely with NCSS, VWOs, Institutes of Higher Learning and other partners, we hope to build greater community support in strengthening horizontal enablers like Data and Technology, Caregiver and Natural Support, and Transition Management. We believe that strong collaborations and the involvement of various community partners would bring about greater collective impact in enabling persons with disabilities and their caregivers,” said Ms Ku Geok Boon, Chief Executive Officer of SG Enable.

7. “NCSS greatly appreciates Tote Board’s critical role in supporting the social service sector since 2006. The Tote Board-Enabling Lives Initiative is instrumental to NCSS launching of major public education efforts to create a society integrating persons with disabilities. These efforts will reach a wider audience, and mobilise greater community and corporate participation so that persons with disabilities may fulfil their potential and lead lives of dignity in society,” said Ms Tina Hung, NCSS’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Group Director for Service Planning and Development.

8. The Tote Board-Enabling Lives Initiative grant will be open for application in January 2015. More information on grant application will be released in December 2014.

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