Our Campaign Story

ends 30 Nov 2020, 11:59 PM

I made a mid-career switch at the age of 45 to become a social worker. It has not been easy but it opened my eyes to the struggles that some individuals and families faced daily, and I learned to be grateful for the little things I have in life.
As caseworker under the Prisons Team at Lakeside Family Services, I work with inmates under the Work Release Scheme to help them reintegrate into society. It was the first time I saw how prison looks like from the inside and had a glimpse of the challenges in their lives.
It has been a very satisfying journey, especially when I saw how a supervisee who lived a life of drugs and crime changed his life around, after he scored straight As in the prison school, and realised he could study! He is now in SUSS doing a social work course (YES!) and his dream is to help those going through the same struggles and to give back to the society.
It is a beautiful story and there are a lot more, of inmates overcoming their addictions and the families who did not give up on them. They need your support & encouragement and your donation will go a long way.
To my family, friends, ex-colleagues, ex-students and all whom we have crossed path, thank you for journeying with me. I am grateful for your contribution to support my 35km walk from Lakeside to Changi Prison. Thank you!

About Campaign

A Million Steps raises funds for Lakeside Family Services' work serving (ex-)inmates and their families.

We aim to inspire hope, reconnect families, and support them in their journey to reintegration.

Lakeside provides a wide range of services, including the Family Resource Centre, a one-stop centre for prisoners and their families, which is based at Changi Prison Link Centre.

We also provide Case Management Support for those who are on the Work Release Scheme, as well as life skills workshops through our Release Preparation Programme.

In addition, Lakeside provides Televisit services for families to visit their loved ones in prison through our teleconferencing facility, as well as holistic programmes for financial assistance, family bonding, and casework support after they are released.

While some of these programmes are funded by Singapore Prisons Services, other value-added services still require fundraising support to provide for the needs of ex-inmates and their families.

Staff, volunteers & friends of Lakeside will attempt to walk A Million Steps to raise $280,000.

Find out more via www.lakeside.org.sg/support-us/a-million-steps

About The Charity

Lakeside is a charity which has served the community since 1993, regardless of race, language, or religion.

We help develop resilience in disadvantaged children, mould troubled youths into contributing individuals, empower seniors to help lonely seniors, assist ex-offenders in reintegrating into society, and help women with unsupported pregnancies.

We are an Institution of a Public Character (IPC) and a member of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).

Find out more at www.lakeside.org.sg.

SUPPORTED CAUSES
Children & Youth
Community
Families
Social Service