Social Services

The Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA) is established in 1969 with a mission to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities and to integrate them into the mainstream society. Members of HWA are encouraged to live their lives to their fullest potentials and to engage in whatever activities possible.

However, HWA recognizes that there are members who have difficulties meeting subsistence level of living and getting the necessary equipment for their independent living. HWA’s intention is not to give handouts but to help its members to be self-reliant and cope with their lives in times of difficulties. Therefore, direct financial assistance is not given to members.

Assistance is rendered to assist members who qualify for various assistance schemes and services. HWA also collaborates with other social service professionals from other voluntary welfare organisations and family service centres, and government agencies like community hospitals, nursing homes and Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) in order to meet the increasing complexity and needs of individuals, couples and families who seek our services and enhance the effectiveness of our programmes and services.
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Services provided for members include: (Click for information)
Information and Referral of Community Resources
The Social Services Department is a repertoire of information on social networks in the community available for our members to tap on. At the same time, it networks with other social service providers to meet members’ diverse needs.
Case Management and Counselling Service
The Social Services Department provides counselling to members facing variety of issues with the aim of helping them to cope better with their situations and facilitate resolution of issues. We use approach which best fits our members and their situation. We hope to improve the quality of life of our members through case management which is a client-focused service that respects the individual’s dignity, rights, values and choice. The case manager works closely with the member (and/or significant others) in achieving his or her goals; through needs identification and individualised care planning and implementation.
Mobility Aids Loan Scheme
HWA’ mobility aids loan scheme is implemented with the objective of helping members with short-term equipment loan. Singaporeans and PRs need to pay only token administrative charges on top of the deposits which cover the cost of the mobility aids.

  1. HWA’ mobility aids loan scheme is implemented with the objective of helping members with short-term equipment loan. HWA members get to use the borrowed equipment free for six months. After that a monthly rent is payable for use of the equipment for a month or part of a month.
  2. Deposit and Monthly Rent – The borrower has to pay a deposit (refundable) for each piece of equipment loaned. This deposit would be used to offset charges for repairs arising from damages or forfeited when the borrower failed to return the equipment. The table of deposits and monthly rent charges is shown in the following table:
  3. HWA Members
    S$110 S$10.70
    S$60 S$5.35
    S$50 S$5.35
    (Walking Frame, Crutches)
    S$15 S$2.14

    Public Rate

    S$315 S48.15
    S$180 S$26.75
    S$150 S$21.40
    (Walking Frame, Crutches)
    S$45 S$6.42
    There will be a non-refundable administrative charge of $21.40 (inclusive of GST)
    *For Loan of Mobility Aids, please inform us one day in advance for preparation purposes.

    Rental of mobility aids is based on availability and first come first serve basis.

    For further inquiries email to
The Social Services Department helps to process, interview and recommend application which has satisfied entry criteria as laid down in the Constitution. It also manages membership data base and payment.
Social Integration
HWA encourages its members to lead active lifestyle and develop their fullest potentials. Therefore, we advocate active participation among our members in our social activities whenever possible.

These activities include recreational, social, cultural and life skills activities organised by various organisations including government bodies and schools. Such activities are also important avenues to create public awareness about HWA’s mission and plight of our members.

Personal Development

In our on-going efforts to improve our members’ quality of life, the Association is committed to developing talents and potential hence contributing to the realization of dreams and aspirations.

We have adopted the concept where members upon receiving formal and informal training from Volunteer Trainers, would be encouraged to perform in public so as to develop awareness about our members abilities and talents. Our personal development activities include the following: Art Appreciation Club

Throughout time in memorial, art has played a crucial role in life. Art is universal and because art is everywhere, we experience it on a daily basis. Most art is created as a way of expressing ideas and beliefs, and it can record the experiences of all people.

Our Art Appreciation Class is one such gathering of artists who through their fine pieces of art enable us to see the world differently and compels us to think about the messages behind each creative painting.

Our members were fortunate to have their art-pieces displayed at Orchard Central from Friday, 9 Sept 2011 to Friday, 16 Sept 2011. The venue provided an excellent platform not only for our members’ art pieces to be displayed but also an opportunity for the public to learn about disabilities from our artists who were on site.

Guitar Course

Our Guitar Course is catered to all members of all ages. The course entails a brief introduction to posture, types of guitar strokes, and basic music notation, student then move on to learning chords and picking notes. By the end of this course, our members were able to strum common chords and play a variety of songs across a range of musical styles.

Besides introducing them to the guitar, this course also prepares students for more advanced training in learning the classical guitar. This creative collaboration was between Volunteer Guitar Connection, an interest group based in Singapore under the “Volunteer Circle,” under the National Council of Social Services. The group formed from various agencies wanted to promote their love for music and to share the joy of music to everyone both young and old.

Members attend the training at Nee Soon East Community Club every Friday from 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm.

Keyboard Class

Due to our members interest in music, a keyboard class at the basic level commenced on 13 April 2011. The response to the course was well-received as 7 members attended the training from April to June. The classes were conducted every Saturday, from 3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. The training was held at our premises by a volunteer trainer.

Chinese Orchestra

Since 2007, a Chinese String Instrument Class formed by Mr Yan Shi Rui, an accomplished musician, continued to coach 10 members in the playing of the Pipa and Gu Zhen. Members meet every Monday from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. The Group had previously performed at various events organised by the Association.

Our Social Integration Model immerses clients into real life activities within the community. These activities include recreational, social, cultural and life skills activities organized by various organisations such as Singapore Pools, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Parks Board and schools.

We are fortunate that the Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA) was given the privilege to attend the Chingay Parade which marked its 40th Anniversary Celebrations held at the F1 Pit. A total of 17 members for HWA attended this annual event graced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The colourful event was well received by our members who enjoyed the parade centered on the theme of “Love, Care and Kindness Everywhere” This year’s Chingay 2012 marked its 40th year anniversary. Our members were mesmerized by the breathtaking performances along a 360-metres waterway with performers making a splash and creating spectacular stunts and exhilarating acts with water.

We would like to thank Singapore Pools Pte Ltd for extending the invitation to our members to be part of the celebrations. (A list of the activities are included below)

Sports Activities

While sport has a value in everyone’s life, it is even more important in the life of individuals with a disability. This is because of the rehabilitative influence sports can have on the physical body. Furthermore sports encourages. Nowadays, people with a disability are participating in high performance as well as in competitive and recreational sport.

The number of people with disabilities involved in sports is steadily increasing as we have collaborated with Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) and National Disability Sports Association (NDSA). Our Association has organized various sporting activities for our members, the events that our members has participated include table-tennis, sailing, bowling and the in the Standard Chartered marathon. For the National Disability League, our members participated in bowling, table-tennis and lawn bowls that are registered independently with the various NDSAs. It is through such partnership with SDSC that public awareness of disability sports are raised in the community.


At the present moment, they encourage members from HWA, ID, SAVH to participate in learn-to-bowl on every Thursday. Once they can bowl well, they will enroll them under the development stage where the bowling assn. would nurture them to elite team which would represent Spore in international game. The Assn was in existence since 2010 with its office at Tessensohn Rd. Every Thursday at Planet’s Bowl, Tessensohn Rd from 10.00am – 12.00pm @ $1.80 per game