34-years-old Nicholas Sim, a longtime resident of Bedok, has witnessed the developments and changes in his neighbourhood. Today, Bedok is a town where members of the community, young and old, mesh. Over 40% of Bedok seniors stayed on after moving into their first matrimonial home here; they live alongside young families who have moved in with teenagers and children. Nicholas, who started volunteering with the Bedok Youth Network in 2011, says, "Bedok is special to me. Through volunteering with Bedok Community Club, I got to know a diverse group of residents from different age groups. Understanding this diversity, we constantly challenge ourselves to provide opportunities to encourage youths to participate in community activities and share their ideas for the community, which can benefit residents of different backgrounds and ages.” With that aim in mind, Nicholas and his team launched The Chill Mug, a youth-centric facility to promote interaction among the youth community. Equipped with a project pod with discussion facilities, Nicholas hopes that through this platform, youths can interact, share and co-create ideas for the community. Sharing his vision for The Chill Mug are his fellow volunteers, Kimberly Ng and Zachary Quek, who both started volunteering in their early 20s. Kimberly recalls, “I’ve always enjoyed volunteering, and was introduced to Bedok Youth Network back when I was studying at Temasek Junior College. There is always an indescribable sense of satisfaction when you see your plans come to life and make a positive impact on people's lives." Zachary adds, "Through The Chill Mug, we hope to see youths coming together, and we can help to turn their ideas into reality for the community." Do you have an idea for the Bedok Community, or wish to find out more about The Chill Mug? Get in touch with Nicholas and his fellow volunteers via this link - go.gov.sg/tcm-up3-signups #ThereForYou
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