Co-operator Newsletter Bi-monthly Issue:
April 2021

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Know Our Co-ops Series:
Syarikat Guru-Guru Melayu Singapura Koperatif Bhd
(Singapore Malay Teachers’ Co-Operative Ltd)

Do you know that one of the oldest co-operatives (co-ops) in Singapore is a credit co-op for the Malay ‘cikgus’ of Singapore?
Syarikat Guru-Guru Melayu Singapura Koperatif Bhd (Singapore Malay Teachers’ Co-Operative Ltd)
Today, SGM continues to remain relevant to its community of Malay teachers, by staying attuned to their needs and offering personalised membership products and services based on the co-operative principles.

covid-19 vaccination singapore

What it’s like after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

Co-operator spoke to SNCF Chairman Mr Tng Ah Yiam, SNCF CEO Mr Ang Hin Kee and TCC Chairman Mr Shareef Bin Abdul Jaffar on their vaccination experience.

sncf central co-operative fund (CCF) grant for co-ops

How Will CCF Grants Help Co-operatives?

Singapore Prison Service Multi-purpose Co-operative shares how it leverages CCF Development Grant to strengthen its operating capabilities to provide better and enhanced services to its members.

new Cheers unmanned store in tampines - a new retail experience

Cheers Unmanned Store - A New Retail Experience

Convenience store Cheers, a subsidiary of NTUC FairPrice Co-operative, launched new A.I enabled unmanned and cashless store in Tampines.
For 95 years, co-operatives have been an integral part of the Singapore Story.
Co-operatives' people-first approach exemplifies the ‘gotong royong’ spirit which centres around the heart to look out for each other’s needs, the selfless spirit to serve others and to come together to make a difference to people’s lives. The simple acronym H.E.A.R.T. says it all.
tips on being thrifty

Putting a High Value on Thrift!

What comes to mind when you think of thrift? Retail therapy in thrift stores? Buying something cheap? Thrift is to be careful with money and not to waste things. Two co-operators share why being thrifty is an incredibly good thing.

why are co-ops relevant in a time of political and economical crisis

Why are co-ops relevant in a time of political and economic crisis?

'Co-ops don’t exist in a vacuum, they work with other organisations, creating networks of solidarity'

sncf online session with co-ops on learning to design using canva

Learn To Design Using Canva

This year, SNCF will organise a series of online sharing sessions on digital tools that could aid co-operators in their work.

Over 60 participants from over 20 co-operatives learnt to create graphics for their presentations, marketing materials and social media at the Canva sharing session.

ntuc learninghub LHUB safeevents ambassador course

Paving the Way for Safe Events with SG SafeEvents Ambassador Course

What are the safety guidelines for planning an event in Singapore? The SG SafeEvents Ambassador Course will help you to better understand the safety guidelines for planning an event in Singapore.
silver caregivers co-op zoom tea session april with Dr Philip Yap

Silver Caregivers Co-operative Tea Session

Join Silver Caregivers Co-operative in a tea session on "Seeing & experiencing the positive in caregiving" on Zoom!

Date: 30 April, Fri
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm

co-op hot shots 8 photography competition - make the difference

Co-op Hot Shots 8 - Vote for the photos that best resonate with you!

Voting for the Social Winner will take place on SNCF Instagram. Stay tuned for the photo submissions to cast your vote!

Share Your Story ///// Feature Your Co-op Updates!

We love hearing about how co-operatives can make a difference and we couldn’t be happier to have you sharing your story or updates with us. Your story or updates would help strengthen the co-operative movement and we would love to feature it in our next issue. Share your story or updates with us here.

The Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) is the apex body of Singapore's Co-operative Movement, and secretariat of the Central Co-operative Fund (CCF). Formed in 1980 with the aim of championing Singapore's co-operative movement, the apex body represents 99% of co-operative members in Singapore. Today, the Movement boasts a base of more than 1.4 million members. SNCF aims to promote and develop co-operatives as sustainable enterprises that address the social and economic needs through the co-operative principle of self and mutual help, so as to foster a more resilient society. SNCF is a member of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). It enjoys co-operative relationship with the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and other International and regional bodies. For more information on SNCF and the Singapore Co-op movement, visit


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