PAST EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

2019

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Prison Staff Learning Journey with ISCOS

It was our pleasure to host over 40 staff from Singapore Prison Service (SPS) at a ‘Prison Learning Journey with ISCOS’ on 29 March 2019. During the sessions, we shared about different programmes and services we offer so that they could share the same with the inmates under their care. To liven up the presentation, […]

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Create Your Own Comic Book Workshop

It was really fun to have a special “Create your own comic book” workshop with our young beneficiaries on 24 March 2019, conducted by Difference Engine, a Singapore-based independent comics publishing house. Those who came had a great time getting creative and drawing out the stories they wanted to tell, with the help of the […]

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Visit the Prison with ISCOS 2019

In collaboration with Singapore Prison Service (SPS), we held a successful “Visit the Prison with ISCOS” on 14 March 2019. This exclusive event was held to engage friends and supporters of ISCOS by shedding light on life behind bars, as well as the rehabilitation and reintegration efforts by SPS, SCORE and ISCOS. In addition to […]

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Gong Xi Fa Cai! CNY Festive Celebration with ISCOS

As the saying goes, sharing is caring! We visited our beneficiaries’ homes with groceries to bring them some festive cheer in preparation for the Lunar New Year. We also had a festive get-together with our members and their families on 16 February 2019 at the ISCOS iCosy Hub. After a warm welcome, everybody had fun […]

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Launch of iCosy Hub

We were thrilled to launch our iCosy Hub on 25 January 2019! It was a morning filled with warmth and laughter as we officially opened this new dedicated space in a simple ceremony graced by Guest-of-Honour Mr Amrin Amin in the presence of our sponsors, working partners and guests. We were pleased to introduce new […]

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Celebrating Academic Achievements at ISCOS Bursary Awards Ceremony 2018

At the Bursary Awards Ceremony on 14 December 2018, we were happy to witness our student beneficiaries receive their hard-earned rewards on stage for persevering in their studies. This was also a record-breaking year for ISCOS, with over 310 recipients from the primary, secondary and tertiary levels receiving the bursary awards and book grants. In […]

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Love Is Working Things Out Together – FGP Tri-Event 3

Our beneficiaries enjoyed themselves and learnt much at our third and final Tri-Event held on 22 September 2018. With over 80 parents, youth and children in attendance, the day began at the TKP Conference Centre with workshops for each respective group to further learn about expressing familial love under the annual theme ‘Love’. The children […]

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Drawings of Love – Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition

Congratulations to our beneficiaries whose works of art were showcased in this year’s Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition! Held at Raffles City on 21 September 2018, the children were thrilled to see their drawings of love, hope and aspirations on display, as they eagerly awaited the arrival of Guest-of-Honour President Halimah Yacob. It was definitely […]

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Running to Support Second Chances – Yellow Ribbon Run

Photo credits: Lianhe Zaobao On 9 September 2018, four of our members represented ISCOS in the Yellow Ribbon Run under the 5.6 km “Road to Acceptance” category. This category is a new initiative introduced this year that featured teams of ex-offenders from halfway houses and other aftercare agencies such as ISCOS. After the run, some […]

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WE CAN – ‘More Than Words’ Book Launch by Tan Chin Tuan Foundation

On 4 September 2018, we were happy to attend the launch of the 5th edition of ‘More Than Words’ book titled “WE CAN – Create, Contribute, Care, Connect, Cherish” at the National Library. ‘More Than Words’ is a signature programme by Tan Chin Tuan Foundation which seeks to promote creative literacy, potentially inspiring and equipping […]

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ISCOS Welcomes New Executive Director

Ms Doris Ng recently joined ISCOS as the newly appointed Executive Director with effect from 3 September 2018. Prior to joining ISCOS, Ms Ng had been with Singapore Prison Service for over 17 years and had taken up appointments like Assistant Commander, Programme in Cluster A and Assistant Commander, Staff Development in Cluster B. She […]

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ISCOS Directors Receive National Day Awards

(From left to right: Ms Shie Yong Lee, Ms Staphnie Tang) We would like to extend our congratulations to Ms Shie Yong Lee and Ms Staphnie Tang for receiving the National Day Awards in August this year. Ms Shie was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) under the Ministry of Home Affairs, while Ms Tang […]

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Love Is Doing Things Together – FGP Tri-Event 2

Our beneficiaries had a fun-filled session at the second Tri-event on 21 July 2018! Held at the Allspice Institute, the day began with a family bonding activity of baking (delicious desserts) or cooking (sumptuous bento lunch). Everyone enjoyed this activity immensely – some family members worked on the recipes side-by-side while other parents patiently guided […]

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Meeting Members at the ISCOS Fireside Chat

It was a timely catch up with 13 members on 19 July 2018 at the bi-annual Fireside Chat, where we talked about new and upcoming ISCOS initiatives. Members shared freely about their own support systems (families, friends and community) and how they could support fellow ex-offenders, as well as the impact of technology on their […]

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Bowling Fun with Men’s Support Group

On 9 July 2018, the Men’s Support Group had a fun outing together with their friends and family members for a great night of bowling at West Coast Recreational Centre. It was an enjoyable and light-hearted evening, with everyone happily unwinding after a hard day at work. Occasions like these are one of the many […]

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Introducing…The Humans of ISCOS

ISCOS has always been inspired by the many people from all walks of life we’ve had the pleasure of meeting every day. This is because we share a common belief in second chances, especially in helping ex-offenders and families rebuild their lives. In collaboration with The Everyday People, we are pleased to present a series […]

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A Day Out with Family – ISCOS Family Day 2018

It was all fun and laughter at the ISCOS Family Day on 30 June 2018! Held at the Singapore Zoo this year, the highlight of this annual event was the Amazing Race flagged off by our Guest of Honour Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Communications and Information. […]

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ISCOS Parents’ Day a.k.a. Mother’s and Father’s Day

What strengthens kinship ties between family members is the constant giving of love and care in the little things, as well as the reassurance of family support. In celebration of Mother’s and Father’s Day this year, we asked our beneficiaries to write what they love about their parents, and the responses were forthright and heart-warming. […]

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Engaging, Encouraging and Supporting Youths

This year, the Youth Support Platform (YSP) was set up as a new Fairy Godparent Programme initiative to engage our youths through experiential learning and pro-social activities. We hope that this offers a safe space for them to share problems and solutions, while feeling a sense of belonging. On 26 April 2018, Artify Studio graciously […]

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A Lively Sharing Session with Students

In collaboration with Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF), ISCOS hosted a group of students from Holy Innocents’ High School on 24 May 2018 for a special sharing session. The students paid rapt attention to better understand what ISCOS does through its programmes and services. Inquisitive and engaged, they were also captivated by the real, interesting […]

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Welcoming New Directors on Board

Clockwise from left: Mr Chow Chee Kin, Ms Jenny Tsin, Mr Soon Yong Kwee, Mr Jonathan Tan ISCOS is pleased to welcome four new members to the ISCOS Board of Directors! They are: Mr Chow Chee Kin (appointed on 20 May 2018) – Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE) Ms Jenny […]

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ISCOS Annual General Meeting 2018

We concluded our 28th Annual General Meeting on 11 May 2018 at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability. During the meeting, we shared with our members the accomplishments in 2017 as well as our future plans and directions to further support our beneficiaries. We would like to thank all members who took time […]

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#ProjectHappyScoop: Have A Sweet Treat for A Good Cause!

On 5 May 2018, Lickety and ISCOS got together to launch Project Happy Scoop! A meaningful collaboration between the two organisations, Lickety has pledged to give a free scoop of ice cream to our young beneficiaries with every customer purchase from 5 May to 4 June 2018. The month-long campaign were supported by customers with […]

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Sharing Session at YMCA Dinner Talk Series

As part of Dinner Talk series by International Y’s Men Club of Singapore (Beta Chapter), the Metropolitan YMCA Singapore invited ISCOS on 29 April 2018 to share about our social cause. During the session, we spoke about our members and beneficiaries, as well as the programmes and services offered to support them. We are indeed […]

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Happy Birthday Children!

We celebrated the birthday for April babies on 17 April 2018, with the party kindly sponsored by T-Touch, FIKA Swedish Café & Bistro and SNAP Balloon & Party Services. With the generous provision of good food, balloon sculpting and games, everyone had a great time! We also had much fun with the two other birthday […]

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Visit The Prison with ISCOS 2018

In collaboration with Singapore Prison Service, we held a special “Visit the Prison with ISCOS” event on 28 March 2018. Aimed at engaging friends and supporters of ISCOS, the exclusive event shed light on life behind bars, as well as the rehabilitation and reintegration efforts by the Singapore Prison Services (SPS), SCORE and ISCOS. From […]

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Kids, It’s Your Birthday!

Starting this year, we launched a new birthday party initiative under the Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) to celebrate with the children every month, as one of the many ways to care for them. Here are some highlights from the March celebration: We had an amazing time with the birthday boys and girls, where children and […]

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Taking the First Step to become Effective Mentors

Over the course of two Saturdays (3 and 10 March 2018), 22 volunteers from different walks of life came together to learn how to be effective mentors to our members and beneficiaries. Eager to learn how to best support them, the volunteers asked many questions in a lively interaction with ISCOS staff. A big thank-you […]

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All You Need Is Love: Fairy Godparent Programme Tri-Event #1

On 10 March 2018, we held this year’s first Tri-Event at PSB Academy. The 86 participants were divided into their respective groups (parents, youths and children) for the workshops relevant to them. Based on the theme of Love, participants learnt about the five love languages, and ways to present their love for one another such […]

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Washing Cars for Charity

On 3 March 2018, we were delighted to partner with Compassvale Coris RC in the Sengkang Central Charity Car Wash to raise funds for students from less fortunate families within the neighbourhood. Held at North Vista Primary School, our ISCOS members and their friends were enthusiastic and showed tremendous initiative in thoroughly washing and drying […]

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ISCOS Titans: Purposeful Sharing with AJC Students

In collaboration with the Singapore National Co-Operative Federation (SNCF) and Anderson Junior College (AJC), two of our ISCOS Titans (Mohamed Rasheed and Murugason) were invited to share their experiences with a group of AJC students during a special learning journey last Saturday. The students paid rapt attention as our Titans touched on the pain and […]

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Advocating Lifelong Learning with MDIS

Albert Einstein once said, “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” With a strong belief in the importance of lifelong learning for our members, ISCOS collaborated with the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) to run a mini roadshow on 24 January 2018. Held at the ISCOS […]

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Mentor-Mentee Bonding Over Bowling

Our FGP mentors and mentees enjoyed themselves immensely at the Big Group Activity on 13 January 2018. Bonding over bowling and lunch at Kallang Bowl and Leisure Park, the activities provided plenty of opportunities for them to have a great time together through play. This outing also marked the wrap-up for the 2017 mentoring programme, […]

2017

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Celebrating Achievements at ISCOS Bursary Award Ceremony

On 22 December 2017, ISCOS celebrated the academic achievements of 133 students by rewarding them for their hard work and perseverance at its annual Bursary Award Ceremony. With Mr Amrin Amin as the Guest of Honour, the recipients received their awards onstage amid applause from their families at the MDIS Auditorium at Stirling Road. A […]

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Skating Fun with M1

On 16 December 2017, some 40 of our beneficiaries had a wonderful time at the Kallang Ice World! Thanks to M1 who sponsored this special outing, they enjoyed themselves very much with the family. For some, it was their first time on ice while others were happily gliding across the skating rink after the warm-up […]

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Catching up with Members at the ISCOS Fireside Chat

On 13 December 2017, we had a great time catching up with some of our members at the bi-annual Fireside Chat, where we had a purposeful conversation on important topics such as family bonding and sustaining employment. Our members also gave valuable feedback that will go a long way towards improving our programmes and services. […]

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Basking in The Spirit of Giving at City House

Our beneficiaries were given a special treat at the Christmas Gift of [email protected] House on 7 December 2017. After being serenaded by a series of Christmas carols, over 30 children under the Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) were truly delighted to receive beautifully-wrapped gifts, each containing an item on their wishlist. We sincerely thank our partner, […]

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ISCOS Titans in the Making

On 2 December 2017, some of our ISCOS Titans came together to learn useful tips about public speaking. Facilitated by our volunteer Jessica Dang from Soundway Learning Group, our Titans enjoyed learning the skills needed to share their stories more confidently and purposefully. Thank you Jessica for making the time and effort to conduct this […]

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Advocating Hope at ISCOS Appreciation Dinner 2017

It was indeed heart-warming to gather with our partners, donors and volunteers to honour their support, as well as to celebrate how far our beneficiaries have come at the annual ISCOS Appreciation Dinner on 10 November 2017. This year, we have chosen the theme of ‘HOPE’, as it is a powerful notion which perfectly encapsulates […]

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Teeing Off for a Good Cause – Charity Golf and Dinner 2017

On 3 November 2017, ISCOS held a Charity Golf and Dinner event at Orchid Country Club to raise funds for the Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP), our flagship programme dedicated to support children and families of ex-offenders. With everyone in high spirits, the golf game commenced at 1.15pm sharp followed by a sumptuous dinner at the […]

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Seeing Crystal Clear on World Vision Day

In support of World Vision Day, Essilor Vision Screening Foundation (ASEAN) held free eye screening tests for our Fairy Godparent Programme beneficiaries on 12 October 2017. During the event at the premises of The Helping Hand, spectacles were also provided to them where needed and instructions for follow-up appointments were given. We thank Essilor Vision […]

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LEAP-ing Together with Goldbell

We are grateful to have volunteers from Goldbell with us over two Saturdays (7 and 14 October 2017) to help spruce up two houses with a fresh coat of paint and new study corners. These events are part of the LEAP (Learning Environment Assistance Project) sessions where we believe in providing conducive home learning environments […]

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Mr Amrin Amin Visits ISCOS Office

On 4 October 2017, we were glad to receive Mr Amrin Amin, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) when he visited the ISCOS office at Alexandra Road. The purpose of the visit was for us to offer an overview of ISCOS’ programmes and services, particularly the job placement services for ex-offenders. Through […]

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Launch of Project ReConnect

Project ReConnect was recently featured in The Sunday Times on 10 September 2017! One of ISCOS’ latest initiatives, this is a structured orientation programme for ex-offenders who have spent three years or longer in prison to familiarise themselves with the rapidly-changing landscape and trends in Singapore. A typical session begins with a simple briefing on important […]

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Tri-Event Workshops for the Entire Family to Enjoy

On 9 September 2017, 26 families under the Fairy Godparent Programme attended our third Tri-event, a series of theme-based family workshops in 2017. The event was supported by 14 volunteers from PayPal. Participants in the various workshops for parents, youth and children found the skills taught to them very relevant and applicable. In particular, parents […]

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“More Than Words” Book Launch by Tan Chin Tuan Foundation

Some of our children under the Fairy Godparent Programme were invited to a special book launch at the Enabling Village on 2 September 2017. This was held under the More Than Words programme, a signature work by the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation. While the 11 children and 6 adults who went enjoyed the storytelling and […]

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Movie Screening for FGP Beneficiaries – VROOM VROOM!

Over 30 beneficiaries of the Fairy Godparent Programme gathered for a special movie screening of Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3 on 2 September 2017. It was indeed a great time for the families to bond with each other over a good show and movie snacks. Thank you, M1 for sponsoring this event and making their day!

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Welcome, new ISCOS Volunteers!

We held an orientation event for 26 of our new ISCOS volunteers on 28 August 2017. During the session, we introduced them to the Programmes and Services offered by ISCOS and the relevant volunteering opportunities. Despite coming from many different walks of life, they shared a common enthusiasm and passion for what ISCOS had to […]

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WSQ Training Course Briefing for ISCOS Members

On 3 August 2017, we had a briefing specially arranged for our members to find out more about the Professional Diploma courses under the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) framework. During this session, members are briefed about the Professional Diploma in Leadership and People Management (WSQ Level 4) and its various modules such as innovations, capability […]

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Launch of Father Support Group

Recognising that family support is one of the crucial steps towards successful reintegration, we believe that parenting plays a huge part in creating happy families. Fathers have a vital role to play in nurturing their children and for this reason, we started the Fathers’ Support Group. To make sure we start off on the right […]

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Mentors and Mentees Bond Through Games of Laser Tag

It was a fun day for our volunteer mentors and their mentees at the second Big Group Activity held on 29 July 2017. This was part of the Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) mentoring initiative. Held at The Cage @ Kallang, a total of 15 mentors and their mentees sweat the day out playing laser tag. […]

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ISCOS Family Day 2017 – A Fun Day at ORTO

We had so much fun at the ISCOS Family Day on 15 July 2017! Themed “[email protected] Park”, the carnival-like event at ORTO engaged close to 300 parents, children and family members to spend a good time of family bonding in a light-hearted manner. The fun event was graced by Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang, Member […]

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Project ReUnite: Coming Together Once More

“A family doesn’t need to be perfect; it just need to be UNITED.” ~ Anonymous In the spirit of this saying, ISCOS piloted its very first session of Project ReUnite, a brand new initiative to help bring about the much-needed reconciliation between inmates and their immediate family members through a special ‘Welcome Home’ programme on […]

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Doing LEAP with NETS

We had a successful LEAP on 16 June 2017! With the help of eleven volunteers from NETS, we helped a family transform their living space into a more conducive study area for the children.  Armed with paints and brushes and a giving heart, the volunteers sweated and got their hands dirty for this full day […]

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The CARE Network Workplan Seminar 2017

ISCOS was glad to take part in the CARE Network Workplan Seminar held on 26 May 2017 at Sheraton Hotel. Banking on this year’s theme, “Connect. Collaborate. Co-create – Beyond Aftercare”, the event was an annual platform to engage CARE Network partners and share with them the workplan, trends, and challenges in the aftercare sector. […]

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ISCOS Fireside Chat

It was great to catch up with some of our members during the Fireside Chat held on 22 June 2017, where we had a fruitful discussion and sharing over topics such as the importance of having positive communities and parent support systems. We also gathered very useful feedback from the members, in a continuous bid […]

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ISCOS 27th Annual General Meeting – Full House!

We concluded our 27th Annual General Meeting on the evening of 22 May 2017 held at the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA) auditorium. During the meeting, we shared with our members the accomplishments in 2016 as well as our future plans and directions to further support our members and beneficiaries. Once again, ISCOS would like to […]

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ISCOS Members Lend Time and Energy in Charity Car Wash

ISCOS was happy to be part of the Sengkang Central Charity Car Wash 2017 organised by Compassvale Coris RC on 20 May 2017. The event was an annual initiative by the RC to help raise funds for the less fortunate families within Sengkang Central. Responding to the call, our member Jabez roped in seven of […]

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Learning Leadership at the FGP Tri-event

Under the Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP), three workshops for the children, youth beneficiaries, and their parents were conducted at the Singapore Management University premises on 20 May 2017. About 70 participants attended the session from 10am to 3pm with “Leadership” as its main theme.  The Saturday event was the second leg of the 2017 tri-event series […]

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All Abuzz at ISCOS Mini Job Fair 2017

On 28 April 2017, ISCOS organised a Mini Job Fair to assist our members in finding a suitable job or better employment and offering an additional source of income for those who are currently employed. We are grateful for the support of the employers who participated in the event – Popeye’s, JQ Manpower Solutions and […]

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A Fun and Unique ISCOS Support Group Outing

The first quarterly ISCOS Support Group Outing for 2017 was held on 1 April 2017 at Ngee Ann Poly’s Dialogue in the Dark premises. This time around, our members had a unique experience navigating in an environment in complete darkness with the help of guides who are partially blind. It was indeed a fresh kind […]

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Visit the Prison with ISCOS!

As part of the continuous engagement with our friends and supporters, we had a special “Visit the Prison with ISCOS” event earlier this week to offer an insightful experience to the lives behind bars, plus an overview of the rehabilitation and reintegration efforts by the Singapore Prison Service (SPS), SCORE and ISCOS. The visitors were […]

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ISCOS Welcomes New Executive Director

We bade farewell to Mr Patrick Ng, ISCOS’ Executive Director on 28 February 2017. Mr Ng is a senior prison officer who had served the co-operative for more than three years and now returned to the Singapore Prison Service upon completion of his service term with ISCOS. With effect from 1 March 2017, Madam Lisa […]

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WHAT’S NEW?  Tan Ean Kiam-YRF-ISCOS Bursary Awards

Starting from January 2017, ISCOS is pleased to launch the Tan Ean Kiam-Yellow Ribbon Fund-ISCOS Bursary Award! Fully sponsored by the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation, this is a new initiative under the Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) to motivate deserving FGP beneficiaries from low-income families in their pursuit of tertiary education. A total of $100,000 have […]

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School Talk Collaboration with Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)

 With the aim to create awareness of the challenges faced by ex-offenders and how to help them, ISCOS was invited by Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) to give a school talk to its students on 21 March 2017. During the session, we roped in one of our ISCOS Motivators, Nelson, to share his heartfelt experiences […]

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First Big Group Activity for 2017

After completing the Mentors’ Training, our volunteer mentors finally met with our FGP beneficiaries for the first time on 18 March 2017. Close to 50 participants came for this year’s matching activity held at OnePeople.sg in Toa Payoh. To break the ice between the newly matched mentors and mentees, various games and activities were conducted […]

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Fairy Godparent Programme’s First Tri-Event in 2017 A Great Success

We kick-started the first of the three FGP workshop series in 2017 for our children, youth and their parents on 27 February 2017. It was a successful turn out with close to 60 participants attended the event. Held at The Verge, the workshops focused on positive and mindful communication for the youths, experiential learning for […]

2016

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ISCOS Workplan Retreat

Striving for continuous improvement in the quality of our work in ISCOS, all staff came together and participated in the ISCOS Workplan Retreat on 26 and 27 October 2016. The Workplan Retreat is an annual event to reflect on the actual achievements in the current year and how we could do better in 2017. There […]

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Goldbell-YRF-ISCOS Bursary Awards 2016

For the second year running, ISCOS joined hands with Goldbell Foundation to award over $63,000 worth of bursaries to 193 underprivileged yet deserving students at the Goldbell-Yellow Ribbon Fund-ISCOS Bursary Award presentation ceremony held on 9 December 2016 at OnePeople.SG. Goldbell Foundation is the sole sponsor for the awards this year. The awards were presented […]

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ISCOS Appreciation Dinner

The 2016 ISCOS Appreciation Dinner for our partners and volunteers was held on 11 November at the Singapore Hilton. Themed as ‘The Oscar’s Night’, it was a night filled with glitter and glamour with our guests specially dressed up for the occasion. During the event, ISCOS paid tribute to 30 volunteers and 10 corporate partners […]

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A Day of Fun Learning at Gardens By The Bay with RecruitFirst

As a school holiday treat for our children under the Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP), the kind folks from RecruitFirst Singapore organised a fun day to Gardens by the Bay on 19 November 2016. Guided by RecruitFirst volunteers, close to 40 children enjoyed the tour to the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest, while learning interesting […]

An Ice Skating Adventure for FGP Mentors and Mentees

An Ice Skating Adventure for FGP Mentors and Mentees

On 19 November 2016, we organised a special outing for a group of FGP student beneficiaries and their mentors at the Kallang Ice World. A total of 32 children, their families and mentors thoroughly enjoyed themselves skating and gliding on ice. This fun-filled event marked a sweet closure to FGP’s Tuition Bursary and Mentoring Programme […]

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ISCOS Motivators Training

On 26 November 2016, our team met with a group of ISCOS Motivators to share useful tips on delivering impactful talks, as well as exploring ways to engage audience in different settings and situations. It was also a good time to catch up with fellow Motivators and to encourage one another. Just before the session […]

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The Rotary Club of Marina City’s Christmas Bash for FGP Children

Christmas came early for some 25 children under the Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) on 12 December 2016, thanks to our partner, the Rotary Club of Marina City, Singapore for organising a wonderful Christmas party for the children at the Conrad Centennial Hotel. At the party, the children sang wonderful Christmas carols, played exciting games and […]

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Connecting with CARE Network Partners

It was a pleasure meeting up with our fellow CARE Network agencies, Singapore After-Care Association (SACA) and Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE) in the month of December 2016. Over a hearty lunch, we enjoyed the food and updated each other on recent happenings and developments. It was also interesting to hear insights from like-minded […]

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ISCOS Fireside Chat Closing Session

Before we wrap up the year of 2016, ISCOS held its final round of Fireside Chat on 21 December 2016 with 11 ISCOS members in attendance. During the session, the ISCOS team did a round-up of the various programmes and services offered by ISCOS before inviting the participants to provide valuable feedback on how we […]

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Positive Fun and Vibes in 2016 Final Leg of FGP Tri-Event Workshops

We successfully concluded the final series of the tri-event workshops for parents, youths and children under the Yellow Ribbon Fund-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) on 24 September 2016. Themed “Creating a Positive Environment through Positive Interaction”, a total of 116 participants basked in fun-filled activities of role playing, art and crafts, and other hands-on games […]

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FGP Beneficiaries Invited to the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation Showcase

A total of nine children beneficiaries from the Yellow Ribbon Fund-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) were invited by the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation (TCTF) to its “More Than Words” Showcase held on 8 September 2016 at the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent). Themed “True Colours, True Hearts”, one of the highlights for this year’s showcase was the […]

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WDA Opens Career Fairto Ex-offenders and Their Families

On 25 August 2016, ISCOS, together with other organisations, participated in the Singapore Workforce Development Authority’s (WDA) Career Fair held at the Hougang Central Hub. With its theme “Adapt & Grow, Better Jobs, Better Careers”, the event presented an exciting line-up of employment opportunities and workshops for job seekers. Hundreds of Singaporeans flocked to the […]

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ISCOS’ Inaugural Education Consultation a Success!

On 20 August 2016, the first Education Consultation event was held at OnePeople.SG premises in Toa Payoh. Aimed to give the students a sense of direction and knowledge of what to expect after graduation, and to also link them with the relevant organisations to consider various academic and/or career options, the event attracted close to […]

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ISCOS Motivators Impart Valuable Life Experiences to Secondary School Students

As part of the National Education initiative by the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF), two of our ISCOS Motivators, Mr Jabez Koh and Mr Zulkhairee Udik, shared their  life experiences to students ofBendemeer Secondary School on 25 and 26 July 2016. During these sessions, the ISCOS Motivators had the opportunity to spread the positive message […]

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ISCOS Welcomes Five New Board Members

ISCOS is pleased to announce the addition of Ms Shie Yong Lee, Mr Alex Yeo, Mr Mike Hue, Mr Yeo Tiong Eng and Mr Sujimy Mohamad to its Board of Directors.  The five new Directors come from both public and private sectors, all with outstanding reputations in their respective fields of expertise. Ms Shie currently […]

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Mentors and Mentees, Let’s Go Trekking!

Together with the volunteer mentors from Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow, the Rotary Club of Raffles City and Singapore Management University, the ISCOS team brought the Yellow Ribbon Fund-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) beneficiaries for a morning trek to Mount Faber on 30 July 2016. This is the second big group activity for the year, […]

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Goldbell Extends CSR Efforts through LEAP

Volunteers from Goldbell Group (Goldbell), one of Singapore’s market leaders in industrial vehicles and our major sponsor for the Yellow Ribbon Fund-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) this year, got their hands dirty once again during the Learning Environment Assistance Project (LEAP) event held on 30 July 2016. Close to 20 volunteers were present on a […]

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ISCOS’ Inaugural Fireside Chat with Members a Success!

On 29 March 2016, ISCOS held its first ever fireside chat with the members, as part of its support group initiative. Spearheaded by the Support and Guidance team, the session was attended by 20 ISCOS members who shared about their victories and the challenges they face as an ex-offender in the community. Other suggestions were […]

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Farewell to Underwater World Sentosa, a long-time supporter of ISCOS

On 26 June 2016, we bade farewell to one of our CSR partners, Underwater World Sentosa (UWS), as it closed after 25 years in operation. UWS’ collaboration with ISCOS dates back to as early as 2008, where it became the venue sponsor for ISCOS events such as Children’s Day (2011), Workplan Seminar (2012), and others. […]

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ISCOS Family Day Goes Carnival on the Green

Close to 280 ISCOS beneficiaries, volunteers, and staff gathered on the Saturday morning of 4 June 2016 to celebrate ISCOS Family Day 2016 at Angsana Green, East Coast Park.  Themed as “Carnival on the Green”, the annual event was sponsored by Goldbell Foundation in collaboration with Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow, who also roped in […]

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The Launch of ISCOS Book Corner in Collaboration with The Patatas

The much-awaited ISCOS Book Corner is officially open! Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on 28 May 2016, the dedicated corner was launched by Mr Janan Loh from The Patatas and Mr Patrick Ng, ISCOS’ Executive Director in front of beneficiaries from the Fairy Godparent Programme and representatives from The Patatas, the brains behind this collaboration with […]

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The Tan Chin Tuan Foundation Donates to ISCOS Gift of Hope

A loyal supporter of ISCOS programmes since 2013, the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation (TCTF) generously contributed $5,000 to our Gift of Hope (GOH) project. GOH is an initiative to assist new members to sustain their basic needs in the first few days after their release, each given a pack containing $40 worth of items such […]

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ISCOS Mini Job Fair 2016: Connecting Members with Prospective Employers

The annual ISCOS Job Fair was held on 23 April 2016 at ISCOS’ premises. The event drew eight companies which were willing to support our members seeking new employment.  The participating employers came from various sectors, including logistics, construction, and food and beverage companies. Participating members underwent initial job application screening and interviews on the […]

2015

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ISCOS Family Day 2015 – “Bonding in True Kampung Style”

In a bid to strengthen family ties (and keep the ‘Kampung’ spirit alive), ISCOS held its annual Family Day event at the Emerald Pavilion, Sentosa, on 12 September 2015, together with contributing partners and volunteers from Goldbell Foundation and Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow. Revolving around the event theme “Bonding in True Kampung Style”, close […]

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FGP beneficiaries learnt to express themselves at new art therapy workshop

Art is well-known to be a powerful medium for expressing emotions, which can also be used as a means of communication between people. Recognising the need to address the mental and emotional aspects among beneficiaries,especially the young ones, FGP introduced a new art therapy workshop under its tri-event workshop series themed ‘Changing Mindsets. Held on […]

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Two Foundations Donated Over $ 500K to ISCOS FGP

On 12 Jun 2015, ISCOS organised an appreciation event at One Farrer Hotel and Spa for the sponsors of the Yellow Ribbon Fund-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP), which was graced by Mr Soh Wai Wah, Commissioner of Prisons. Two new sponsors were welcomed by ISCOS Chairman, Mr Vernon Khoo.  Goldbell Group, Singapore’s market leader in […]

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Big Group activity provides bonding time between mentors and mentees

A two-hour bowling event was organised on 23 May 2015 at Super Bowl Jurong as part of a Big Group Activity for 39 Fairy Godparent Programme’s beneficiaries. 15 volunteer mentors from law firm Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow had fun bonding with their mentees over several rounds of bowling. Thank you Baker & McKenzie.Wong & […]

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CARE Network Workplan highlights future strategies to engage Ex-offenders

The Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders (CARE) Network held its third annual Workplan Seminar on 29 April 2015 at The Grassroots’ Club. With the theme ‘Forging Ahead, Advancing Reintegration’, plans for the Network and community to further engage ex-offenders were discussed. ISCOS’ Executive Director, Mr Patrick Ng, was mentioned in a Straits Times […]

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Subsidised Tuition Rates to Help 30 FGP Students

Since 2012, Kip McGrath Education Centres (KMEC) have been providing subsidised tuition rates to students under the Yellow Ribbon Fund-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP). This year, KMEC has committed to supporting 30 students from low-income families with special tuition rates. With the help of dedicated partners such as KMEC, these students are given the opportunity to receive good education and […]

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LEAP helps 50 households for SG50

As part of the nation’s celebrations for its 50th birthday, ISCOS has embarked on a project to help 50 underprivileged households. Known as the Learning Environment Assistance Project (LEAP), it is centred on providing students under the Yellow Ribbon Fund-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) with a conducive home study environment. The LEAP consists of cleaning, […]

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New Corporate Partners lend Support to Project LEAP

Through the Learning Environment Assistance Project (LEAP), ISCOS has improved the home study environments and living conditions of 29 underprivileged homes to date. As part of the SG50 celebrations, we aim to finish 50 homes by the end of 2015. It is our heartfelt wish to be able to provide our FGP student beneficiaries with […]

2014

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Needy Students receive bursaries at StarHub-ISCOS Bursary Award

A total of 165 needy students were eligible for the Bursary Awards this year, of whom 109 attended the StarHub-ISCOS Bursary Award Ceremony on 5 December 2014. The bursaries served as rewards to the students for receiving above average results in their final examinations this year despite less than ideal family situations. A total of […]

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ISCOS’ Gift of Hope Package empowered by StarHub

On 9 October 2014, StarHub’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Jeannie Ong, presented ISCOS members with additional items in the ISCOS’ Gift of Hope (GOH) package at StarHub Green. In addition to the original items like a NETS FlashPay Card and vouchers for food and groceries, StarHub contributed the gift of a free pre-paid SIM card […]

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ISCOS organises first Logistics Training Fair under SOAR

About 20 members participated in ISCOS’ first logistics training fair, a place-and-train component under the Strengthening Opportunities Advocating Resilience (SOAR) programme, an initiative jointly launched by ISCOS and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). The full day event was held on 18 September at ISCOS. Each member had the chance to discuss potential job opportunities […]

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TCTF organises Concert and Book Launch

Tan Chin Tuan Foundation (TCTF) concluded its ‘More Than Words’ Programme with a finale concert on 11 September, which was held at the Nanyang Auditorium at the Nanyang Technological University. The concert was performed by young participants of the programme and invitations were extended to 20 ISCOS family beneficiaries and staff. In addition, a book […]

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ISCOS underscores Message of Hope at Family Day Event

A total of 335 ISCOS members and their families were inspired by the strong message of hope during the ISCOS Family Day held at the River Safari on 6 September 2014. Law firm Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow collaborated with ISCOS to organize the event for the second year running and 50 staff volunteers from […]

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Volunteers bond at ISCOS Bowling Night

To show appreciation to its volunteers and to promote bonding among volunteers and staff, ISCOS organised a Bowling Night on 15 August at Yishun SAFRA. Staff and volunteers had hours of fun bonding with one another over multiple games of bowling and mingled with one another over dinner and drinks. ISCOS hopes that we can […]

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Fashion brand spreads inspirational messages to FGP beneficiaries

A total of 50 beneficiaries from the YRF-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) were inspired through the ‘Kindness Project’, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative by New York-based fashion brand, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet. More than 170 guests attended the launch event of the brand’s first standing store at ION Orchard on 13 June […]

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ISCOS reports key undertakings at 24th AGM

ISCOS Chairman Mr Vernon Khoo shared key accomplishments for 2013 during the 24th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 19 May 2014 at the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA). A total of 86 members attended the AGM. Mr Khoo reported that a total of 2,908 beneficiaries received various forms of assistance from ISCOS. Out of this […]

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ISCOS gets new identity and tagline

After using the simple black logo for years, ISCOS embraces a new identity with vibrant colours, a new symbol and tagline. The new tagline “You’ve got a friend” resonates well with ex-offenders and their families, as friendship and concern for their well-being has always been the driving force in ISCOS. Consulus, an Asian innovation consultancy, […]

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Clement Chow composes ISCOS song

Well-known composer and lyricist Mr Clement Chow wrote a song for ISCOS entitled “You’ve got a friend in us”. The song echoes ISCOS’ aim of befriending ex-offenders in the community, and its hope for members to regain their footing in society and create a better future for themselves and their families. The song was sung […]

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ISCOS friends raise $ 500k through gala dinner

Friends and partners of ISCOS collectively raised more than $500k through its 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner on 28 May 2014, at the Sands Expo & Convention Center. The funds will go towards the Yellow Ribbon Fund-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP), an initiative that supports children of ex-offenders. Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, […]

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WDA and ISCOS launches train-&-place scheme for ex-offenders

In collaboration with the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), ISCOS launched a holistic train-&-place scheme for ex-offenders. The Strengthening Opportunities Advocating Resilience (SOAR) Programme aims to prepare unemployed ex-offenders to enter the workforce by enhancing their skills sets through training, and helping the vulnerably employed ex-offenders to upgrade their skills and move towards seeking secured […]

2013

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BMWL recognised for initiatives with ISCOS

Law firm Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow (BMWL) received an honourable mention at the American Chamber of Commerce’s (AmCham) first-ever Partnership for Social Impact Award Ceremony held on 19 November 2013 at St. Regis. AmCham recognised BMWL for its community programmes with ISCOS, specifically on helping children of ex-offenders and their families under the YRF-ISCOS […]

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CapitaLand brings cheers through home makeover

Twelve families of ex-offenders under the YRF-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme and eight families from CapitaLand’s partner organisations were among the beneficiaries of the first ever CapitaLand Volunteer Day. Led by Mr Lim Ming Yan, President & Group CEO, CapitaLand Limited, 200 staff of the firm volunteered on 15 November 2013 to paint, install fixtures, and […]

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Yellow Ribbon Fund supports ISCOS’ Fairy Godparent Programme

The Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF) now supports the YRF-ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP). FGP is an enhanced children’s education and family support initiative of ISCOS which helps ex-offenders’ children achieve a sound education and acquire positive life values. “We are grateful to YRF for supporting FGP. This is a significant milestone for ISCOS and we […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]