Our community encompasses the communities, the groups and the individuals who play a crucial role in preserving, promoting and celebrating Singapore’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage. They include our key stakeholders, heritage non-governmental organisations, interest groups, precinct partners museum docents, heritage volunteers and enthusiasts.
Through Our SG Heritage Plan, we will step up our efforts to engage and empower these communities through co-creation, funding support and project showcases. We also hope to provide physical and digital platforms as well as volunteering opportunities for people to contribute to heritage causes and projects.
More importantly, we will work with partner agencies and organisations to co-develop heritage programmes to engage under-reached and under-served communities in a more meaningful manner and provide channels for these communities to contribute back to society.
Singapore’s heritage belongs to every Singaporean and we hope our community will join us and play a part in the preservation and promotion of Singapore’s heritage.
What will Our SG Heritage Plan do?
Support More Ground-up Initiatives
We will support more ground-up heritage projects from our community partners through our Heritage Participation and Project Grants. We will also introduce showcases to profile community projects and conduct clinics to equip our partners with the necessary knowledge and skillsets to develop and implement heritage projects successfully.
Facilitate Inter-Community Understanding
We will continue to develop heritage programmes that showcase the heritage of different communities as well as the common threads and shared experiences that bind Singaporeans across communities. In addition, we will develop new programmes that will encourage social bonding and facilitate the integration of new citizens.
Serve Underserved Communities
We aim to reach out to underserved communities comprising senior citizens, persons with disabilities and special needs, youth-at-risk and low-income families. This will be done by developing a suite of targeted programmes with relevant partners. For a start, our three heritage institutions will serve as hubs for active seniors and they have started developing age-friendly programmes such as a Conversation Starter Kit for Seniors and Reminiscence Walks.
Reach Out through Technology
Singaporeans already access our heritage resources digitally. We want to develop new heritage content, aggregate content across sites and make such content even more readily available through our digital platforms. We will also improve user experience across all our digital touch-points, and develop a platform where people can share community and social memories on heritage topics.
Encourage Volunteerism and Giving
We want to grow our volunteer base and create new volunteer opportunities for people to give back to heritage. For example, we will introduce a new Museum Host Programme and use our HeritageCares programme to recruit and train volunteers who serve as minders and befrienders to participating Voluntary Welfare Organisations. We will also work closely with the Museum Roundtable to identify and train volunteers.