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A conversation with an elderly lady in her 80s inspired me four years ago. It was perhaps one of the most heart-warming interactions I’ve had when I was volunteering in London. We have more in common than I’d have expected. I admired her spunk, and we shared the same joy of connecting with people through charity work.

In 2017, The Social Co. focused solely on helping elderly folks, compared to a wider group of people when it first started.

I co-founded Social Co. in 2014 with my friend Cheryl Chong as a passion project. It’s a think-tank or a collective of professionals who provide advice and ideas, so that youths have an avenue to do good, through a series of movements, programmes and activities that we have organised. Youth volunteers get to spend time with elderly folks and even go on outings with them.

Many see the younger generation as a privileged group who’re obsessed with social media. This stereotype doesn’t quite paint an accurate picture. Many youth volunteers whom I’ve met want to do good.

You may wonder why I spend so much time on such causes?

Firstly, I feel that there is a lot of social tension caused by age gaps. The older generation generally has an unfavourable impression of youths, and youths on the other hand don’t know how to reach out to them. I wanted to bridge the intergenerational divide in Singapore.

Community engagement has also been a very big part of my life when I was growing up.

I look up a lot to my mother, Lim Hwee Hua, who was Singapore’s first female minister. Observing her at work, I saw her dedication for her residents, supporting their needs.

Beyond providing a platform for youths who want to do good, I also want to reach out to those who aren’t exposed to social work. This way, I can show them the joy of giving.

This article was first published in Her World’s April issue. Grab a copy today!