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Cooking together brings seniors cheer

 Participants of The Hour Glass Kitchen Programme cook and share their favourite dishes with neighbours.

The Hour Glass Kitchen Programme provides a platform to reduce seniors' risk of social isolation and improve their quality of life  

Cooking is always more fun when you do it together with neighbours.

For two seniors, Madam Alice Cheng and Madam Jamilah Binte Yaman, the pleasure of coming together with other seniors in the community to prepare and share their favourite dishes has not only made the food more enjoyable, it has also helped them bond with fellow silvers.

Madam Cheng and Madam Jamilah are both participants at The Hour Glass Kitchen Programme, conceptualised by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).

The programme was launched in August this year by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development, at the Pacific Activity Centre (PAC) at Yishun Greenwalk.

It encourages seniors who live alone to get together with other seniors on a regular basis and to find common interests.

The seniors can use two kitchenettes — one halal and one non-halal — to decide what to cook and make meals together in small groups.

By enabling seniors to participate in such programmes, NCSS provides a platform to reduce seniors’ risk of social isolation and improve their quality of life.

The programme was made possible by a $2 million donation from The Hour Glass Limited to Community Chest with a matching grant of $2 million by the Care & Share Movement, launched in 2013 to celebrate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee.

Under the Movement, eligible donations raised by Community Chest and 240 participating social service organisations between December 1, 2013 and March 31, 2016 were matched dollar-for-dollar by the Government. The matched amounts go towards building the capabilities and capacities of the social service sector to meet rising needs in the future.

Read the full article on The Straits Times online here or download the pdf version here.



Since its launch in December 2013, the Care & Share Movement led by Community Chest has rallied people from all walks of life to provide help for the disadvantaged. The Movement ended its run on March 31 this year. To keep the spirit of caring and sharing alive, and to sustain collective efforts to show care and concern for the needy, the Government launched the SHARE as One programme on April 1 this year. Under the programme, the Government provides dollar-for-dollar matching for any additional donations through SHARE, Community Chest’s monthly giving programme, over and above the amount donated in Financial Year 2015. Besides regular donations, there are also opportunities to be a volunteer. Visit www.shareasone.sg for more information about SHARE as One and how to sign up. 

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