Thinking about visiting and befriending some lonely seniors in your neighbourhood, but don’t know how to get started? There are many organisations serving the elderly around Singapore, so don’t hesitate to sign up with them as a volunteer. Here are a few:
@27Family Service Centre by Montfort Care
@27 Family Service Centre conducts an outreach effort to encourage elderly living within the vicinity to participate in meaningful activities. The programme develops and brings the elderly together for activities such as beading and line dancing, befriending, groupwork and talks, to foster closer communal relationships, mutual support and active ageing. Volunteers are welcome to enquire at the email below.
27 Telok Blangah Way #01-1018 Singapore 090027
Tel: (65) 6270 8327
Fax: (65) 6276 0441
The Angel Network is made up of young volunteers who befriend and support the elderly in Boon Keng, Woodlands, Chai Chee and other locations. Many of those they visit live in one-room rental flats. The Angel Network conducts one-off surveys of elderly households (ad-hoc volunteers welcome) as well as regular visits to designated seniors (long-term commitment required).
Catholic Welfare Services
The Catholic Welfare Services runs several programmes including three nursing homes and activities at the CWS Hub to care, love and/or shelter the elderly and people-in-need. CWS also collaborates with the Missionaries of Charity, Marymount Centre, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Boys’ Town to run programmes for the destitute, women and children in crises, ambulant elderly destitute, and youths-at-risk respectively.
GoodLife! Centre by Montfort Care
GoodLife! takes a holistic approach to active ageing by organising activities that address both the physical and mental wellness of our seniors. Volunteering opportunities including befriending and organising events for the elderly, as well as conducting needs assessments.
15 Marine Terrace #01-18 Singapore 440015
Tel: (65) 6445 0570
Fax: (65) 6446 0100
Society of St Vincent de Paul
The Society of St Vincent de Paul serves the poor and destitute in Singapore by giving cash grants, food rations, education and aiding with medical bills. Many of their “Friends-In-Need” are elderly residents in rental flats. The Society has 30 “conferences” in various neighbourhoods around Singapore, so volunteers may join one in their area.