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.


 

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  • 1 in 4 persons with disabilities in Singapore are employed.

  • 49% of persons with disabilities have a moderate to severe 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.

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  • 76% increase in number of children diagnosed with developmental issues. 

  • 15% annual increase of autism cases aged up to 6 years from 2012 to 2017. 

  • ​About 9,660 children and youth in Singapore, aged 7 to 18, have a disability. 

  • A day of special education in academic, social-emotional, daily living, vocational, arts and physical education for students with special needs can cost up to $124.

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  • 1 in 7 Singapore residents are affected by mental health conditions at some point in their lives. 

  • More than 75% of persons with mental conditions in their lifetime did not seek any professional help.

  • 11.1% estimated unemployment rate among persons with mental health conditions, compared to 6.7% for those without 

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

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  • Number of seniors facing social isolation expected to increase from 35,000 to 83,000 by 2030.
  • Highest number of senior suicides recorded in 2017
  • 14,000 to 16,000 families on financial assistance scheme from 2015 to 2017
  • Multiple layers of support are required to help families in need, from education support for children, to work training for the adults to gain employment. 

Find out more about the impact of your contributions, how we measure them or view the full FY2018 Impact Report here.