PAST EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

2017

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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 […]

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

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 […]

Connecting with CARE Network Partners

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 […]