A brief overview of MSF’s work 2016

Whether it is to support families, foster a more inclusive Singapore, or provide a good start for every child, MSF will continue to work to nurture a resilient and caring society that can overcome challenges together.

Here are some of what MSF has done in 2016:

msf2016-strengtheningfamilies

Families are the building blocks of our society. That’s why we believe that having strong families is key to our nation’s progress.

Find out more:
Safe and Strong Familes Pilot: http://tinyurl.com/SSFpilot
Marriage Preparation Programme: http://tinyurl.com/marriageprogrammes
Positive Parenting Programme: http://tinyurl.com/TriplePPilot
Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA): http://tinyurl.com/LPAFeeWaiver

msf2016-inclusivesociety

Building a society that supports those who come from less-advantaged backgrounds and those living with disabilities is important to us.

Find out more:
ComCare Assistance: http://tinyurl.com/ComCareAssistance
SHARE as One: http://tinyurl.com/SHAREasOne
Recommendations for 3rd Enabling Masterplan: http://tinyurl.com/Recommendations3EM

msf2016-goodstartforchildren

Our children are the nation’s future, and having a strong start in life will enable them to reach their potential in adulthood.

Find out more:
Baby Bonus scheme: http://tinyurl.com/BabyBonusScheme
KidSTART: http://tinyurl.com/KidSTARTpilot
Early Childhood Manpower Plan: http://tinyurl.com/EarlyChildhoodManpowerPlan
Amendments To The Child Development Co-Savings Act: http://tinyurl.com/AmendmentsToCDCA

Plan for a rainy day, Apply for the LPA

By Minister Tan Chuan-Jin

We spend much of our lives planning for our future – from simple things like what to have for lunch, to more complex things like our career path or family planning.

But what do we do when the unexpected happens? What if we are suddenly unable to make our own decisions or care for ourselves? It is a tough question that we all need to think about.

An Institute of Mental Health study found that dementia strikes one in 10 Singaporeans aged 60 and above. As our society ages, many of us are increasingly at risk of losing our mental capacity.

It can happen to any of us. And if it does, I’m sure we would want someone we trust to make those important decisions such as our finances or those relating to our health and welfare on our behalf.

There’s no harm in planning ahead for a rainy day. I encourage everyone to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) early to give ourselves and our loved ones peace of mind in the event that the worst does happen.

I’m delighted to share that the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has extended the fee waiver for Form 1 applications for the LPA for another two years to 31 August 2018.

For those unfamiliar with the LPA, do take some time to watch the following videos which can help explain the importance of an LPA, and how we can apply for it. OPG also runs talks and workshops on the application of an LPA.

There’s no better time to plan ahead, so why not now?