Places that are worth your time

Singapore may be a small nation and sometimes you may be wondering where to go, what to eat or what to do next. So why not spend some meaningful time and help those in need?

Here are just some places where you can volunteer at:

       1. The Soup Kitchen at Willing Hearts

The Soup Kitchen is part of Willing Hearts initiative to provide meals to the elderly, the disabled, low-income families, children from single-parent families or otherwise poverty-stricken families, and migrant workers in Singapore. For 365 days a year, they prepare, cook and distribute about 6,000 daily meals to over 40 locations islandwide. The kitchen is run fully by volunteers, and many times you would see familiar faces coming by regularly. Operating from 5am4pm every day, there are 4 timeslots which volunteers can choose from to give a helping hand. 

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Location: 11 Jalan Ubi Blk 6, #01-51, Singapore 409074
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       2. MINDS

At Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), their goal is to promoting inclusion of persons with intellectual disability into our society today. MINDS offers a wide range of services and programs to help people with  intellectual disability, which includes teaching them skills which allows them to be independent in their living life and develop skills to raise their employability. With programs and activities going all week long, you can definitely find an area which you are able to contribute in. 

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(Image credit: MINDS Facebook Page)

Location: This depends on what activity you are volunteering for
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       3. Children’s Aid Society 

Children’s Aid Society caters to children and youth (6 – 18 years old) who are coping with adverse family circumstances or child protection issues. Children and youths who are under their residential care are guided and care for in a holistic approach. More than just providing them with academic support, they go through which also aids them in their physical, emotional and mental development. There are various ways that you can volunteer at the Children’s Aid Society, which includes the mentorship programme and skill-based volunteering. 

Hands, Friendship, Friends, Children, Fun, Happiness

Location: 503 Clementi Road, Singapore 599488
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       4. Singapore Prison Service

At SPS, they aim to help inmates in terms of rehabilitation and re-integration to society. Volunteers are needed in the areas such as befriending an offender, sharing their expertise and knowledge to through programme and activities. For those who may feel a bit wary, do not worry as all inmates participating in the volunteering programme have been assessed. The best reward in this is to witness the positive transformation in some of the inmates. Do note that to volunteer in SPS, you will need to make an application which may take up to 3 months for approval.

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Location: Depends on where you are deployed to
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       5. Lions Home

Lions Home for the Elders offers a spectrum of Aged Care services, caregiver and family support to assist families to meet the challenges of loved ones growing old. Under its wings are 2 nursing home which has 384 residents till date. Our advice here is to come with a group of people so that you can plan a small scale activity to engage the elderly. Do note that the nurses do have their daily work schedule to adhere to, so they are able to advise you on what to and what not to but dont expect them to plan and take part in the entire event.

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Location: 9 Bishan Street 13, Singapore 579804
                   487 Bedok South Avenue 2, Singapore 469316
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Tag a friend along with you as you make a difference in someone’s life today!