More than 200 participants from the People's Association Integration and Naturalisation Champions (INC) division attended the Ground Sensing Workshop. The workshop was conducted over four days from 4th to 6th October, and on 13th October 2012.
The trainer, Mr Viswa Sadasivan, talked on the barriers to community engagement, techniques for ground sensing and discussion of real-life case studies.
"The trainer was able to adequately share his expertise and experience to the group in an engaging and easy to understand manner" – Jasmine Lee
"It gave me a detailed framework to approach situations and handle issues with the residents / neighbourhood" – R. Vaithiyanathan, Jalan Kayu CO
"The sensing process was very useful as it's a structured way to have a purposeful sensing" – Goh Peng Hong, Sembawang INC
On 21 July 2012, a Ground Sensing Workshop was conducted for 34 IRCC members from Choa Chu Kang, Jurong and West Coast Group Representative Constituencies (GRCs). The half-day workshop conducted at the Civil Service College, aimed to heighten awareness on racial and religious sensitivities. The IRCC members learnt to identify ground issues that may lead to conflicts and were equipped with techniques to mediate a conflict racial/religious in nature.
The participants gave feedback such as
"Informative and useful examples given for better understanding. The 6 steps of sensing will help us in our dealing with any such incidents" - Mr Sim S H, Calvary B P Church
"Well shared. Scenario is real and can happen. Good case study" - Mr Roy Choy, Taman Jurong IRCC
"It's a great experience. As new members, good learning and very useful" - Mr Rajesh Kumar
More of such workshops will be rolled out to IRCC members from other GRCs.
OnePeople.sg conducted the Ground Sensing Workshop for all Deputy Constituency Managers and Constituency Managers from People’s Association on 17th, 20th and 27th February 2012. The objectives of the workshops were to equip the participants with the necessary know-how to better understand ground issues, impart skills and competency to manage racially-charged issues on the ground. The engaging programme which was conducted by Mr Viswa Sadasivan, CEO Strategic Moves Pte Ltd covered areas such as barriers to community engagement, techniques for ground sensing and discussion of real life case studies.
Comments from Participants:
"I have found this workshop useful as it cited realistic examples and case scenarios which will help me be prepared should similar situations arise"
Christopher Chua, Constituency Manager, Kaki Bukit CO
"Very interesting real life case studies were used. The trainer is very experienced, very outspoken and brings the main points across in a very engaging way"
Dorothy QUEK- Constituency Manager, Tampines West CO
"The workshop is relevant and very useful, especially for field staff who handle ground issues on a daily basis"
Nordzuhaidah Binte Selamat, Deputy Constituency Director Changi-Simei CC
"Provides us the knowledge to deal with unexpected issues on the ground"
Wee Mui Jee, Constituency Manager, Kaki Bukit CO, Geylang Serai CC