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ISCOS participates in Our Singapore Conversation

A total of 25 ex-offenders shared their views and aspirations at “Our Singapore Conversation” (OSC) dialogue organised by ISCOS on 27 April at Civil Service College. They were joined by 10 supporters of ISCOS comprising ex-offenders, volunteers and Directors of ISCOS. 
Participants raised common issues such as employment and accommodation for ex-offenders, stigma associated with ex-inmates, family support, and rising cost of living. 

Mdm Phang Seok Sieng, Executive Director said: “This OSC dialogue is very meaningful as it enabled ex-offenders, who usually struggle with issues of acceptance in society, to contribute their voices to the key issues concerning many Singaporeans today. The discussion also served as a platform for ISCOS to listen to their concerns and see how we can improve our programme and service delivery to better meet their needs.”

Ex-offenders give back to community at charity
car wash 

ISCOS supported the Charity Car Wash organised by Punggol South Grassroots Organisations (GROs) on 2 March held at North Vista Primary School. A total of 12 ex-offenders contributed back to the community by cleaning vehicles.

Mr Gan Thiam Poh, Grassroots Adviser to Pasir Ris-Punggol GROs and MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC graced the event. The charity car wash raised over $5,000 which would aid needy students in their school-related fees. 

ISCOS member completes entrepreneurship training, opens food stall

Zulkhairee, 42, a member of ISCOS started up a Malay food stall at Geylang East in mid-April, after successfully completing the ISCOS Entrepreneurship Training in August 2012. He was assisted to apply for business loan by ISCOS’ training provider, Princeton Mind.

With the assistance from his wife, Zulkhairee was able open the stall inside a coffee shop, selling Malay food. He gets up as early as 4:30am to prepare for the stall and works until 10pm every day. The father of three looks forward to grow his business and provide a comfortable living for his family.

Visit Zulkhairee’s food stall, Sedap Dol at Blk 134 Geylang East Ave1.

Photographs by ISCOS beneficiaries featured at exhibition

Photography works of ISCOS members’ kids were exhibited at INTER-VIEWS, an exhibition organised by Photovoice SG at the National Museum of Singapore from 10 April to 29 April. The exhibition was an annual showcase of photo collection organised by ISCOS’ partner, Photovoice SG.

Last year, ISCOS collaborated with Photovoice SG in “Breaking Walls, Seeing Stories”, a photography workshop for children from 13 to 16 years old. A total of 12 ISCOS beneficiaries participated in the 8-week workshop.

As a result, the visual stories of three participants from ISCOS were selected and featured at the exhibition along with the exhibits of other youths with mental disability and persons living with HIV. 

ISCOS welcomes Brunei Prisons delegates 

Delegates from Brunei Prisons and Ministry of Home Affairs visited ISCOS Office on 24 April as part of a two-day visit to know more about the aftercare works undertaken by CARE Network members and partners.

“We are very privileged to share ISCOS’ initiatives to our counterparts in Brunei Prisons. I hope that best practices on rehabilitation and reintegration programmes between our countries can fuel more successes as we strive to achieve a common purpose,” said Mr Elvis Overee, Senior Manager, Programmes & Services.

Reading programme boosts children's learning

ISCOS collaborated with Singapore Art Museum and a volunteer group, Gift of Reading to organise the ISCOS-SAM-GOR Reading Programme on 23 March. A total of 15 kids from Primary 1 to Primary 6 attended the event held at Singapore Art Museum.

The event aimed to expose the students to arts appreciation and enhance their self-esteem, communication and learning skills. The programme is conducted twice a year during school holidays, with the second run to be conducted on 15 June.

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Upcoming Events

Road to Glory, a 3-day non-residential camp for kids in collaboration with Singapore Children's Society
Date: 11-13 June
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Children Service Centre, Blk 529 Bedok North Street 3 #01-570

Annual General Meeting (For ISCOS members only)
Date: 11 June 
Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue: NVPC MPH Room, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #04-88 The Central

ISCOS-SAM-GOR Reading Programme
Date: 15 June
Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Venue: Singapore Art Museum

ISCOS Family Day, supported by Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow
Date: 23 June
Time: 10.00am - 2.00pm
Venue: Wild Wild Wet
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