Linking Neighbours Together

Residents responded enthusiastically at Tampines Central Neighbours’ Day, which celebrated the completion of the Hello Neighbour @ Tampines project.

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Linking Neighbours Together

Residents responded enthusiastically at Tampines Central Neighbours’ Day, which celebrated the completion of the Hello Neighbour @ Tampines project.

The void deck at Tampines Central Blk 839 was a hive of activity on the afternoon of 30 January 2016. Residents were gathered around the tables, cutting and folding red packets into decorative items for the Lunar New Year.

One of them was Mdm Jennifer Yeo Tee Tee, 68. She had heard about the activity from a friend who helps out at the community café at the Learning Link where the event was held. Mdm Yeo, a Blk 895 resident, brought along two friends and made a few more at the event. Holding up her piece of art, she says in delight, “I have not done this before, so I learnt something new!”

Mrs Seelam reading to her sons

Also at the Learning Link was Mdm Uma Rani Seelam, 34 with her sons, Sreejan, 7, and Sreehas, 3. She has attended Deepavali celebrations and other community activities there, and frequently drops in for coffee. She also often reads to her sons from the library of reading materials donated by the Northeast CDC and residents. The space, said the Singapore PR, is a useful meeting point that has allowed her to socialise with neighbours of different races.

The Learning Link is one of the four parts of the Social Linkway, stretching across Tampines Central Blocks 830 to 863.

At Neighbours’ Day, residents with green fingers were able to get hands on with gardening at the Green Link. Spotting the activity from afar, two-year-old Ledelle Tay ran forward eagerly and enthusiastically dug into the planter box with a spade while her grandaunt, Ms V. Leela, 65, a keen gardener herself, watched fondly.

Mdm Shufen showing residents how to do balloon sculpting

The Neighbourhood Incubator at Blk 857 saw a balloon sculpting workshop which attracted both adults and children. Mdm Shu Shufen, 43, was demonstrating how to twist balloons into fanciful shapes. The Tampines resident and mother of two boys, both of whom have attended a cookie-making workshop at the same place, was encouraged by the response and said she would not mind holding a similar workshop again.

The activities were held on Tampines Central Neighbours’ Day to celebrate the completion of the Hello Neighbour @ Tampines project. Under this project, common spaces have been transformed into social hubs for community bonding.

Message boards along the Social Linkway invite residents’ feedback and provide information on activities. Ms Mey Goh, Constituency Manager for Tampines Palmwalk Residents’ Committee, noted that the spaces along the linkway are friendly access areas for the residents, which encourage those who live alone and also the disabled, to venture out of their homes and socialise with their neighbours.

Holding up her piece of art,
she says in delight,
“I have not done this before,
so I learnt something new!”.


What is the Hello Neighbour @ Tampines project about?
Read about it in Life Storeys issue 9!

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View the Community Art Gallery at Blk 256 Bangkit Road, or find out more at www.hdb.gov.sg/projectcorridor

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