WALKING WITH YOU - A MILLION STEPS

For the third year in a row, Lakeside Family Services is organising A Million Steps to raise funds for our programmes serving (ex-)inmates and their families. With your support, we walked 11,851,711 steps and raised $226,687 last year!

We hope to continue walking with (ex-)inmates in their journey of reintegration: Imparting life skills, preparing them for life after release, guiding them as they navigate challenges, and providing referral services for them and their families. We will also be expanding our work to include aftercare services such as employment support through job matching and career coaching, plus family bonding activities to strengthen family ties. 

To emphasise the importance of family and community support, our fundraising campaign is titled WALKING WITH YOU, and it runs from 15 Aug 2022 to 31 Mar 2023. Will you walk with us?  

CROSS ISLAND WALK

“I started my social work career in 1992 at Lakeside Family Services, reaching out to disadvantaged children, youths and families.

For the past two years, Friends of Lakeside and I have went on a 40km Cross-Island Walk from Lakeside to Changi Prison as a sign of our commitment to walk the long journey of recovery and reintegration with prisoners and their families. This year, a group of us will do this overnight walk again in support for the incarcerated whom we work with. Please come join us in giving hope and healing to others by taking part in this campaign. Thank you in advance for your kind support!”

Teo Tee Loon, Executive Director

SERVING PRISONERS & THEIR FAMILIES

Televisit Services
Family Resource Centre
Release Preparation Programme
Case Management

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

 

We work with about 4,000 (ex-)inmates and their families yearly. Together with all our staff, volunteers, and friends of Lakeside, we are walking to raise $300,000.

Will you be the one to walk with them?

WALK WITH US

You are welcome to walk with us virtually too!

Anytime between 27 August to 30 November 2022, join us and clock your steps.

You may track your steps / distance using any fitness app and submit screenshots of the steps / distance covered.

(To simplify the tracking of steps, we are using 1km = 1300 steps)

The Challenge will end on 30 November 2359H. Do submit your steps by 7 December. 

FUNDRAISE WITH US

Share your fundraising challenge with your family, friends, or colleagues. Invite them to support you by donating or joining the challenge!

You can create your own unique Giving.sg fundraising page with a personalised message or story. Simply click the button below to visit the Giving.sg page for Walking With You – A Million Steps. Click on “Fundraise Now” and invite your contacts to donate on Giving.sg.

Donate $50 to provide 1 client with a Restart Kit covering transport & basic necessities for 1 week, helping them to reintegrate into the community

Donate $200 to help 1 family connect with their loved ones in prison through 4 teleconferencing sessions (Tele-visits), inclusive of support from our caseworkers

Donate $500 to provide 1 client with 10 sessions of group work to prepare them for reintegration into their families and community

Donate $2000 to provide 1 client and their family with case management support for 12 months

STORIES

Rizwan was first sent to a Boys’ Home at 12, and has been incarcerated 6 times since then. Now at 39, he is taking a degree in social work, and is now an inspiration and a source of encouragement for his friends and those who have to restart their lives after being released from prison.

“We are the same, nothing differentiates us,” says Rizwan, one of our beneficiaries, who is grateful that he can still count on our counsellor for good advice.

Learn more about Rizwan’s story, as well as many others like him, and help us remove the walls of stigma and prejudice.