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History & Background

Background
Shan You Counselling Centre (SYCC) is a non-profit Voluntary Welfare Organisation set up in 1995 to provide professional counselling and social support services based on the principles of Compassion and Loving-Kindness, to the community regardless of race, religion or ability to pay. SYCC is a registered society and a charity with the status of an Institution of a Public Character (IPC). SYCC is a full member of National Council of Social Service and receives funding from Community Chest, Corporate and Individual donors.
 
 
History
In 1991, Buddhist Graduate Fellowship (now known as Buddhist Fellowship) initiated the formation of Tai Pei Counselling Centre with funds from the Tai Pei Foundation. Tai Pei Counselling Centre thus became the first Buddhist counselling centre in Singapore.

As its services expanded, the Centre moved to Foo Hai Ch’an Monastery in 1993 and was renamed as Ren Ci Counselling Centre. However, the monastery wanted to relocate the Centre to Ren Ci Hospital, a hospital for chronically ill patients, in 1995. It was then that a decision was made to set up an independent counselling centre in order for it to serve the centre community and to prevent frequent relocations.

Finally, Shan You Counselling Centre was established and registered as a society on 17 June 1995. Its name, Shan You Counselling Centre, was suggested by Venerable Mun Cheng and endorsed by the Management Committee.

Initially, Shan You Counselling Centre was situated in Lorong 36 Geylang. However, as the old site was zoned for residential building projects, the Urban Redevelopment Authority gave notice of the Centre’s need to move. In May 1998, upon the successful application to the Housing and Development Board, the Centre relocated to the void deck of Block 9 Upper Boon Keng Road. We were again affected by HDB's redevelopment programme and by April 2006, we moved to our current premises at Block 5 Upper Boon Keng Road. This location was chosen because of its easy accessibility by public transport and its close proximity to the community that the Centre was target to serve.
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