The National Council of Social Service (NCSS) Oral History Collection

About Project

The National Council of Social Service (NCSS) was formed in 1992 (restructured from the Singapore Council of Social Service, SCSS which was set up in 1958). Over the past 60 years, NCSS has accumulated data, information, and knowledge about social service, including programmes, methods, investments, trends, as well as networks and partners. These are valuable assets for the social service sector as well as the broader community in Singapore in three aspects:
• Past: Looking back in terms of historical and heritage value, and lessons learned.
• Present: Understanding current issues, and trends.
• Future: Anticipating and building a social service sector that can cater to changing and rising needs.
In collaboration with the National Archives of Singapore, volunteers in NCSS conducted interviews with those who have worked, led, and managed SCSS/NCSS in the past. Future interviewees may include personalities who have shaped the social service landscape and policies in Singapore; and those who have worked (or are working) in Social Service Agencies (SSAs).
Topics covered include personal reflections and memories on the historical development, key events, initiatives of SCSS/NCSS, the Community Chest (ComChest), and growth and shifts in the social service sector. Interviewees also shared their vision of the social service sector for the future.
Interviewees include Dr S. Vasoo, former Director of SCSS (Singapore Council of Social Service, 1984-1986) and recipient of the Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) 2024; Mr Phillip Tan, former Vice President of NCSS, former Chairman of Community Chest, and Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award (MSF) 2022; Dr Gerard Ee, former President of the NCSS (2002-2006), and other contributors to the social service sector in Singapore.

Names of Interviewees in The National Council of Social Service (NCSS) Oral History Collection