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About Oogachaga

Oogachaga is a community-based counselling, support and personal development agency for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals, couples and families. We come under the umbrella of SPACES Counselling and Community Limited

In Singapore, SPACES Counselling and Community Limited is registered as a company limited by guarantee (registration no: 200402955N) with charity status (charity no: 01812). Oogachaga is registered as a non-profit business (registration no: 53035413J).

OC is also a member organisation of International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).


Our History

In 1999, Jason Wee, Steve Wong and Kenneth Lau started a support group for gay men in their twenties. They named it “Oogachaga”, after the dancing baby in the sitcom Ally McBeal. Just like Ally, some of us have suppressed parts of our being, that constantly pop up like a dancing baby. Only by embracing this baby can we then understand and liberate ourselves.

Better known as “OC” today, we have expanded our target group to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals, couples and families. Our range of professional services and outreach programmes include counselling, support groups, community workshops and professional and corporate training.

Milestones

  • 1999: The first Oogachaga support group was formed for gay & bisexual men in their twenties.

  • 2000: Oogachaga had its 2nd support group for men and started its counselling service.

  • 2003: Oogachaga organised OC’s first professional workshop “Homosexuality and Homophobia- Applied Therapeutic Issues for Counsellors”.

  • 2005: Community forums and OC Women (OCW) launched.

  • 2006: Publication of "SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st century". MSM Hotline (Singapore's first phone helpline for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men) & a Mandarin support group for men are launched.

  • 2008: Oogachaga has its first full time staff.

  • 2010: CARE email counselling service and Mature Men Project (Singapore's first age-specific program for gay and bisexual men aged 40 years and above) are launched. Presented "Project Undress Your Soul" at the International AIDS Conference  in Vienna.

  • 2011: Launch of Take Action! A community engagement programme for the LGBTQ community.

  • 2012: Launch of Congregaytion.SG, a one-stop LGBTQ community resources portal.

  • 2013: Launch of WhatsApp counselling service.

  • 2014: Launch of Women On Wednesdays (WOW) hotline couselling, and anonymous HIV counselling in collaboration with Dr Tan and Partners.


Organisational Structure

Spaces Board of Directors
Toh Leh Lim
Bryan Choong
Chen Lingshen

Oogachaga Advisory Council and Management Committee
The Advisory Council advises the Management Committee, which oversees the staff team and operations.

Clinical Supervisor (for counselling team)
Foo Soo Jen, Senior Therapist, Counselling and Care Centre

Full-Time Staff
The staff team, led by our Executive Director, is responsible for ensuring coordination and delivery of services and programmes, management of volunteer teams, and raising the profile of the organisation.  

Leow Yangfa
Executive Director
Registered Social Worker
Grad. Dip in Social Work
Dharesheni Nedumaran
Counsellor
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours)
 Psychology
Tan Bi Ling
Counsellor
Bachelor in Counselling