Raffles Institution

Raffles Community Advocates

  • taken by Michael Chow for Deck the Walls 2018, a project by the Raffles Photographic Society

    With our hectic day to day life, it is all too easy to overlook a glaringly obvious fact – society has not dealt everyone the same fortunate hand that we have. Here at CA (Community Advocates), we refuse to ignore these injustices. We choose to take a stand, and we do our best to drive a change. This is the essence of CA.

    With only nine years of history, CA is a relatively new service-based CCA that encourages students to go beyond the call of direct community involvement. Even in this short span of time, we have emerged with a unique identity founded on the close relationships within our ‘second family’! Within this family, we are gathered into four Student Interest Groups), each championing a different cause. They are named endearingly and accordingly – Lifeline (Healthcare), Empty Pocket (Poverty), Glassark (Environment) and Doveswarm (Migrant Workers). In each SIG, every member has the opportunity to unite with other like-minded individuals who strongly believe in tackling the same societal issues.

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    Achievements and Highlights


    Advoweek aimed to promote awareness within 3 specific advocacy causes: Doveswarm (Transmigration issues), Empty Pocket (Poverty issues) and Lifeline (Healthcare issues). The week-long initiative culminated in a final event, ‘Advofeste’, which included meaningful activities such as The Human Library with clients from TWC2 and Mental Chat with volunteer advocates from IMH.



    Homeground was a carnival that served as an act of gratitude towards a largely under-appreciated group in our school community - our school workers.



    Inroads (by Doveswarm) was a guided field trip where participants were brought around relevant physical infrastructure in locations significant to migrant workers’ landscape in Singapore.


    Weekly Service: The Cuff Road Project

    The Cuff Road Project (by Doveswarm) is a food programme organised by TWC2 for destitute migrant workers who are in dispute with their employers over salary and injury claims and desperately in need of basic necessities, solace and legal advice to fight for their rights.


    Giant Savers

    Giant Savers (by Empty Pocket) was a financial literacy workshop conducted for the children at the Bishan Family Service Centre.


    Weekly Service: Nurture 3.0

    Nurture 3.0 (by Empty Pocket) is a tutoring and mentoring programme that engages children and youths in multi-stressor families.


    Mental Health Exhibition

    The Mental Health Exhibition (by Lifeline) was an exhibition organised in the school canteen walkway. It comprised a week-long showcase including the screening of videos, an interactive wall, and an art exhibition.


    Weekly Service: Institute of Mental Health

    At the Institute of Mental Health, Advocates from Lifeline facilitate and provide assistance in programmes organised by the nurses and the youth volunteering group, including dancing, arts and crafts, games, as well as birthday celebrations.

    Teachers in charge

    Ms Ruth Ong

    Mr Calvin Tan

    Ms Teo Soo Yee

    Mr Ngan Wei Yeong


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