SINGAPORE, 23 November 2019 – The Yellow Ribbon Community Project (YRCP) Awards and
Appreciation Luncheon 2019 was held to recognise the work of grassroots volunteers and their
contributions towards supporting families of offenders. Held today at the Max Atria, the eighth
edition of the annual event was graced by Guest-of-Honour Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister for Finance.
2. The YRCP is a grassroots-driven initiative which provides support to families who are
affected by the incarceration of their loved ones. Families of offenders face various challenges,
including financial difficulties if the offender was the breadwinner of the household, or how children
may lack appropriate adult supervision if the main caregiver is incarcerated. Through the YRCP,
offenders can focus better on their rehabilitation journey, knowing that their families are supported
by the community.
3. As of November 2019, all 89 grassroots divisions have come on board the YRCP, with over
1,100 volunteers trained to render timely assistance to families of newly-incarcerated offenders.
More than 12,000 families have benefited from such support since YRCP’s inception in 2010.
4. In his opening address, DPM Heng commended the growth of the grassroots-led initiative,
noting that the YRCP started with eight grassroots divisions. He emphasized that the commitment
of volunteers and the community makes a significant impact in keeping Singapore safe and secure.
5. Superintendent of Prisons Valerie Chiang, Senior Assistant Director of the Community &
Family Policy Branch, Rehabilitation and Reintegration Division, Singapore Prison Service said, “We
are heartened and grateful that all grassroots divisions nationwide have come together to support
the families of offenders. This will go a long way towards helping more families benefit from YRCP,
and in turn better support offenders in their journey of rehabilitation and reintegration.”
6. This year, over 1,200 families will receive supermarket vouchers as part of the annual YRCP
Booster Pack initiative by the Singapore Prison Service and the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association,
and sponsored by the Heartwarmers Volunteer Group, Inmates’ Families Support Fund and Yellow
Ribbon Fund. In addition, more than 100 school bags containing essential stationery items, shoe
vouchers and hand-written letters from incarcerated family members will be given out to their
children aged 6 to 12 years old.