Overview of the Sector Landscape

As our nation progresses, the social service needs have also evolved. In view of this, NCSS conducted the Quality of Life (QOL) Study in 2016 to examine the various vulnerable populations through a person-centred and holistic approach. These are some of the trends and changing needs across the various groups we support at Community Chest.



  • ​3.4% of adults, aged 18 to 49 in Singapore, have a disability.
  • Social inclusion was found to have the greatest impact on improving quality of life of persons with disabilities, but had the lowest score.

  • 7 in 10 adults with disabilities chose level of independence as the area they desired the most improvement in.

  • 6 in 10 adults with disabilities believed they cannot achieve their hopes and dreams.


  • ​About 9,660 children and youth in Singapore, aged 7 to 18, have a disability.
  • 76% increase in number of children diagnosed with developmental issues from 2010 to 2014.

  • 20-25% of cases of preschoolers diagnosed with developmental issues are Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

  • A day of special education in social, motor, cognitive, communication and self-help skills for a student with autism can cost up to $146.


  • ​​11.1% estimated unemployment rate among persons with mental health conditions, as compared to 6.7% for those without.
  • 1 in 8 Singapore residents are affected by mental health conditions at some point in their lives.

  • 3 in 10 persons with mental health conditions do not believe they can achieve their hopes and dreams.

  • Persons in recovery from mental health conditions did not feel that they had any future prospects or opportunities to contribute meaningfully to society.


  • ​​43% increase in number of families in need and receiving help from 2012 to 2015.
  • Dementia affects 1 in 10 of those above 60andabove,and 1 in 2 of those 85 and above.

  • By 2030, 1 in 4 Singaporeans will be 65 or older; a two-fold increase compared to 2015.

  • Number of seniors facing social isolation expected to increase from 35,000 to 83,000 by 2030.

Find out more about the impact of your contributions, how we measure them or view the full FY2017 Impact Report here.