Tuesday, October 20, 2009

CSSP - Domestic Helper/Elderly Safety & Security Workshop - RT/WW


An elderly resident learning fire-fighting 

Due to safety and security reasons in my neighbourhood, I have initiated a Neighbourhood Watch Group together with my neighbours. We work together by keeping our eyes and ears open to signs of possible crime in our area so we can help to stop it before it starts.

This Neighbourhood Watch Group provides a sense of security for neighbours and their families who leave their homes for any length of time. This programme also helps support police efforts in the community in tracking down criminals. We want to encourage strong community involvement because neighbourhoods that unite help to stop crime before it starts. Neighbours who join together can bring a feeling of peace and safety to situations that may otherwise threaten them.

I was invited to the above workshop organised by Marine Parade Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) on 18th October.


SCDF officers explaining how to use a fire extinguisher

In most households, domestic helpers are often left alone or are left with elderly/young children at home, while the employer goes to work in the day. It is therefore necessary to ensure that they are equipped with knowledge on areas such as crime prevention and the handling of emergency situations.




An SCDF teaching participants the kiss-of-life


Participants were taught skills in areas such as identifying of suspicious persons; types of possible crimes that may occur at home or in ther neighbourhood; and precautions against various crimes from happening. At the same time, we can assist to spread the knowledge acquired to people around us.


A participant learning first aid hands-on


The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) taught participants skills via hands-on session in the area of first aid and fire-fighting. Every one got a chance to try their newly acquired skills with SCDF officers on hand to guide them.




 

The elderly and domestic helpers were the main particpants in this workshop. I hope to get more support of the respective government agencies to organise such educational activities for my members.




First Commenter - lina

25 comments:

  1. All handy and essential stuff to learn.

    Good to know that there are intiative to let the domestic helper be more pro-active caring for their charges. Yes,

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  2. It looks very professional, every neighborhood should have this training!!
    Well done, ECL! Make sure - however- that George has unlimited access to all areas ;D

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  3. This is indeed a great workshop ECL! :D You are really proactive! Come to my neighbourhood ECL!

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  4. Very meaningful course. But kissing the dummy....err... ;p

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  5. My younger son who's doing NS with CD was involved in such programme recently.

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  6. Good initiative ECL. NWGs seem to have reached such a sophisticated and trained level these days to match the intensity of rampant crime.Gone are the days when we didn't lock doors or windows and the only prowler in our garden was the neighbour's cat.We watched out for each other when I lived in Katong (usually for smoke/fire or strangers at the gate) but never did we ever imagine the escalating security risks of today.Sad sign of the times.

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  7. interesting post and a great activity for all of you.

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  8. It's good that you guys have neighbourhood crime busters.

    Our local police here have a lackadaisical attitude when it comes to public safety.

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  9. Thanks EastCoastLife for setting up this group.

    You may want to approach the CDEC in your constituency to see whether they are interested for a joint project.

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  10. It's a good idea to equip oneself with such skill and put it to use when situation arises.

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  11. This looks like a very good workshop. Everyone needs this kind of training. And there's lots of reds!

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  12. Neighbourhood watch group? That's a good way to prevent crime and reduce thefts!

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  13. Sure can learn a lot of skills from the workshop! : )

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  14. This is such a great idea many folks in the elderly community never learned these skills and many live alone. I think this is a great idea ECL! Happy RT

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  15. i had a hand on first aid training for red cross back in hs, it's good to know basics coz you'll never know when something's gonna happen.

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  16. Great training! The more people who know how to save lives the better!

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  17. Looks like a useful workshop to learn. Furthermore, it enhances community spirit. All the best. May you get more support. :)

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  18. Good to learn all these stuff, real handy during emergency!

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  19. Neighbourhood watch group just like our Rukun Tetangga here. Learning firefighting skills is such a good idea esp if our kitchen is on fire, we can be save lives!

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  20. I think that's a very good idea ! we also watch each other in our street when one is gone on holidays. Fortunately in our little Waterloo corner there is no serious crime, except sometimes a burglery, while people sleep !

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  21. Wonderful job! You desrve a pat in the back, together with your nenighbours.. Anyway, I think it's important for domestic helpers to be educated. Nowadsys families depend on them too much so it's good and beneficial to both employers and themselves.. :)

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  22. Very useful initiative. If people would get together to protect their neighborhoods like this, our streets would be much safer.
    We don´t have watch groups like that one in my country but it would be a great help for security and cops here.
    Regards, Mizé.

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  23. crime watch can also foster the neighbourly and kampung spirit, which is much desired in the neighbourhoods...

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  24. Eastcoastlife,
    It is good to participate this type of programme so that we will be able to catch those[ bad people]and send them for [upgrading].
    Have the nice day.

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