Building a Melrose Community Together
Our tired and worn-down Melrose Home at Clementi Road is 50 years old and have reached the limit of physical repurposing. A rebuild will allow greater efficiencies on our new premises to provide more services beyond the residential home. When completed, our Melrose Home will be transformed into Melrose Village – equipped to provide integrated therapeutic care and support services to help residents and the most vulnerable in the community to rise from life’s adversities with hope, courage and dignity.
We are raising funds for our rebuilding project which is estimated to cost S$16 million. As we work hard to realise this progressive vision, we welcome you to be a part of our journey of growing Melrose Home into Melrose Village by:
Support our cause and donate here. Partner with us in creating fundraising campaigns and initiatives. Alternatively, gather your friends, family members and relatives to set up a collective fundraising goal!
As part of CAS 120th Anniversary Celebrations, we invite you to take the next step in contributing by being part of our #Champion120! Corporates and individuals are welcomed to make a pledge to support us and realise our aspirations to reimagine the concept of residential care.
- Corporates: Adopt CAS as their supported charity and donate $12,000 annually (or monthly contribution)
- Individuals: Support CAS and donate $1,200 (or monthly contribution)
We are more than 100 years old, but we are not retiring anytime soon. There is still much to do for the young ones we love, and we must remain relevant in responding to the increasingly complex challenges they face. Champion alongside us and leave positive imprints for the next generation. Your support can uplift the most vulnerable in our community!
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About Melrose Village Rebuilding Project
Observations by our psychologists and conversations with government stakeholders have found that residential care is still very much required and relevant for children and young persons in Singapore.
- Increased number of Children and Young Persons needing residential, psychological or specialised therapy services due to rise in population coupled with child abuse & neglect cases.
- Increased case complexities due to more mature society yet specialised therapy services are not readily available in the local community.
- Although the foster care approach is encouraged, the fostering environment is not yet well equipped to manage children who have experienced trauma and have underlying issues.
- Residential Care remains a key component of the Children-In-Care ecosystem in Singapore and abroad(>50% of children-in-need are placed in residential care).
- Residential Care is more advanced in its methodology and care delivery as noted in many developed nations.
In addressing and anticipating trends and challenges for care for our target audience, we regularly take stock and review plans before moving forward. The growing social issue of child abuse & neglect in Singapore and the need to do more for the affected children and youths have been a constant motivation for us. This is even more pressing in the COVID-19 environment where vulnerable families are further challenged.
Therefore, shifts in programme, service delivery and so on are necessary to address this gap and need:
- From large dormitory-like environment to smaller group home-like setting
- Practice-based evidence suggests a smaller group arrangement with a home-like setting (resembling small apartments) for delivering care is more appropriate and effective for children with severe trauma history.
- More advanced counselling and psychological services within the Home
- The more complex nature of child welfare cases calls for more advanced counselling and psychological services that include art therapy, play therapy, personalised academic guidance and coaching for school curriculum, free play, sports and physical activities and exercise.
- Greater support for counselling and psychological services in the community
- Reintegration into the family and community requires continual support, and the increased demand for counselling and psychological services in our society calls for an increased and improved supply of such services from care providers.
The physical limitations and challenges are an opportunity to realise our aspirations to build for new generations. When completed, Children’s Aid Society tired and worn-down Melrose Home at Clementi Road will be transformed into Melrose Village equipped with:
- Smaller group care, recreational and enrichment activities for the residents
- Counselling and specialized therapy rooms
- Provide trauma-informed and trauma-focused counselling and therapy for children, youth persons and their families
- Facilities for training and resource centres practitioners
- Full disability access for family members
To achieve this vision, the Children’s Aid Society is looking to raise $16 million by 2024. We believe it takes a village to raise resilience. You can empower the most vulnerable in the community to rise from life’s adversities, with hope, courage and dignity.
We have selected Ernesto Bedmar Architects as the winner of the Melrose Village Architectural Design Competition that was held in partnership with Singapore Institute of Architects. The team had creatively reinterpreted the boundary for a typology of “village” and produced an excellent imagination of CAS’s vision and aspirations to redefine and advance residential care for children and youth. Stay tuned for more developments of Melrose Village here!