Learning and Experiencing,
Building Partnerships
Ms Ang Bee Lian
Director of Social Welfare
Ministry of Social and Family
...
• To understand some areas of need in the Singapore
society and how our students can help to make a
difference;
• To learn...
Background
Challenge
VWOs are always short of manpower, expertise and dollars.
Volunteers are an alternative to address th...
Types of volunteers in the sector
Service-
based
Volunteers
Project-
based
Volunteers
Event-based
Volunteers
Augment manpo...
Joint School - VWO
Engagement
Determine what
areas and how
students can serve
Develop on going
partnership
• What areas of...
The Need for a Structure
• Size of students for
deployment and age to
design age appropriate
activities
• About 3 to 4 age...
Where do the bottom 30% of people live?
• Where do the bottom 30% of people live?
• Where do they work?
• What are their c...
How can our students experience their view of
life?
• Where do the bottom 30% of people live?
• Where do they work?
• What...
Areas of need (whose lens are you
using)
Possible response
Crunch for time rather than need for
basics
Special needs
Socia...
Preparation and learning
• Challenging values
• Challenging assumptions
• Learning activities
• Simulation and visit
• Ref...
Contact for links to social service agencies
Mae Kng,
Associate Director, Community Chest
Mae_Kng@ncss.gov.sg
Activities : means to an end or an end in itself (eg learning a skill or
knowledge)
• Reading program - bring a book and t...
Activities : values in action
• 6 good deeds (primary school)
• Video clips and sharing on social media platform (secondar...
http://app.msf.gov.sg/Publications/Letters-to-Social-Work-Students-Series
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Ms Ang Bee Lian's Keynote Address

  1. 1. Learning and Experiencing, Building Partnerships Ms Ang Bee Lian Director of Social Welfare Ministry of Social and Family Development
  2. 2. • To understand some areas of need in the Singapore society and how our students can help to make a difference; • To learn how they can work with community partners and develop service experiences that are age- appropriate and meaningful;
  3. 3. Background Challenge VWOs are always short of manpower, expertise and dollars. Volunteers are an alternative to address these issues. The community yields a potential pool of Time, Talent and Treasures for VWOs to tap on Interpersonal • Getting suitable volunteers • Risk of selecting unsuitable volunteers Structural • Preparation and training of volunteers • Lack of full- time Volunteer Managers Work Process • Need for Volunteer Management System and framework Issues
  4. 4. Types of volunteers in the sector Service- based Volunteers Project- based Volunteers Event-based Volunteers Augment manpower to complement professional/practitioner positions Community awareness & involvement; ad-hoc manpower needs Skilled volunteers for specific projects Volunteer Profiles Purpose Main Sources • Schools/ IHLs • Seniors • Housewives • Corporates • People with Disabilities • Schools/ IHLs • Seniors • Corporates • Community Organisations • Seniors (professional background) • Corporates • IHLs (final year undergrad/post grad)
  5. 5. Joint School - VWO Engagement Determine what areas and how students can serve Develop on going partnership • What areas of contribution (mutually beneficial) • What specific role and tasks • Build relationship • Regular touch points
  6. 6. The Need for a Structure • Size of students for deployment and age to design age appropriate activities • About 3 to 4 agencies or projects • System to store design and activities and learning and evaluation
  7. 7. Where do the bottom 30% of people live? • Where do the bottom 30% of people live? • Where do they work? • What are their concerns and struggles? • What is their daily life like? • How can our students experience their view of the world? • What is the good news about their lives? Or what are the strengths of these people?
  8. 8. How can our students experience their view of life? • Where do the bottom 30% of people live? • Where do they work? • What are their concerns and struggles? • What is their daily life like? • How are their hopes and aspirations? • What is the good news about their lives? Or what are the strengths of these people?
  9. 9. Areas of need (whose lens are you using) Possible response Crunch for time rather than need for basics Special needs Social isolation rather than poverty Being lonely rather than poor Participation and co-creating rather than passive receiving Imparting knowledge and skills Learning new knowledge and skills
  10. 10. Preparation and learning • Challenging values • Challenging assumptions • Learning activities • Simulation and visit • Reflection
  11. 11. Contact for links to social service agencies Mae Kng, Associate Director, Community Chest Mae_Kng@ncss.gov.sg
  12. 12. Activities : means to an end or an end in itself (eg learning a skill or knowledge) • Reading program - bring a book and the person gets to keep the book eventually • Origami or similar activity • Stitching and embroidery with older persons • Listening and recognizing sounds or music • Reminiscence work • Photography • Planting things • Painting
  13. 13. Activities : values in action • 6 good deeds (primary school) • Video clips and sharing on social media platform (secondary school)
  14. 14. http://app.msf.gov.sg/Publications/Letters-to-Social-Work-Students-Series

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