Forging Strong Communities

Encouraging Community Ownership

The Build-A-Playground @ Canberra was completed in January 2018. This first community-built playground in Singapore saw some 2,000 residents involved in conceptualising, planning, designing and installing a kelong-treehouse themed playground. In a survey, 98% of the participants said that they felt a stronger sense of ownership and are inspired to be more involved in their community in the future.

The Friends of Our Heartlands (FOH) network was launched in May 2017, bringing together all HDB community volunteering programmes under one network. More than 2,700 people have signed up to be part of the network, tapping on the continuum of volunteering opportunities across different tracks. A new volunteer community facilitator programme was also offered under the ‘Facilitate’ track of the FOH network. This network of volunteer facilitators will help activate resident engagement for HDB’s rejuvenation and development projects.

To deepen and enhance the engagement experience for community participatory projects, a virtual reality tool was developed to enable residents to better visualise and discuss their ideas for social spaces. The tool was piloted at the ROH design workshops in Woodlands and Toa Payoh.

In the FY, the public contributed a total of 97 ideas that address daily problems faced by HDB residents via the Cool Ideas for Better HDB Living platform.


The Adventure Playground @ Canberra is Singapore’s first playground designed and built by the community

Vibrant Community Spaces

Community spaces such as the new-generation town/ community plazas serve as important social spaces for community activities and bonding. To activate these social spaces, HDB collaborated with community partners to organise 208 events in the town/ community plazas at Bedok, Punggol and Kampung Admiralty.


Community spaces, such as community plazas, enable large scale community activities and social bonding

This year, the newly completed Punggol Town Square played host to the HDB Community Week 2017, an annual celebration of the community spirit in our heartlands. More than 5,700 visitors attended the week-long event, which showcased ground-up projects initiated under the HDB Friendly Faces, Lively Places (FFLP) Fund, and paid tribute to recipients of the Good Neighbour Award (GNA) 2017.


Town and community plazas provide opportunities for residents to bond over community activities

Building Bonds

To help residents get to know their new neighbours and living environment better, HDB organised 26 Welcome Parties and 33 MyNiceHome Roadshows that saw a healthy turnout.

From August 2017, Heartland Familiarisation Tours were also conducted for residents at MyNiceHome Roadshows. Aimed at helping residents foster a sense of belonging to their new neighbourhood, the tours brought residents around their new town, and familiarised them with the amenities in the vicinity of their new homes.


MyNiceHome Roadshows are held to help residents foster a sense of belonging to their new neighbourhood