A guide to setting up youth centre

By Sarah Chang

A GUIDEBOOK to help voluntary welfare organisations set up youth drop-in centres was launched on Wednesday to provide them with the technical knowledge to run such centres.

The book was commissioned by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and put together by Dr Carol Balhetchet, director of youth services at the Singapore Children's Society (SCS).

There are currently more than 30 youth drop-in centres islandwide, which cater to youth aged 11 to 19 but more are needed, said Dr Balhetchet.

"A minority of the youth do not get into good company and their values and sense of purpose can be derailed," she added.

The contents of the handbook include a set of rules that managers of drop-in centres need to abide by, such as having zero tolerance for drug use and alcohol.

The book is free and available from NCSS or SCS.

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