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Have you ever done any voluntary work? People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons – it may be that they feel for the community they are lending a hand to, or they just want to put their extra time into a good use.

SNCF recently co-organised a networking session with the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association (SFCCA), A Good Space Co-operative and NTUC Health Co-operative on 19 September 2020.

The session on “A Journey of Volunteerism with Co-operatives in Singapore” saw 50 participants logging in to Zoom where they learnt about co-operatives and how they can partake in doing good for the society.

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Mr Vincent Ng from A Good Space Co-operative shared about their recent initiatives, which you may have come across in their social media posts such as calling on residents to repurpose their National Day FunPack into a #SGGratitudePack for the migrant worker community who has been impacted disproportionately by the COVID-19 pandemic. He also explained how it is tough to operate as separate communities championing different causes. He hopes that through volunteering, people can realise the power of volunteerism as a form of gratitude and contribution to the society.

Participants were then broken up into smaller groups to share about their stories and to inspire one another on ways to volunteer and do good.

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The next speakers were from NTUC Health Co-operative, Ms Chai Chee Mei and Ms Low Xiu Hui who spoke about the volunteering opportunities with the co-operative. The nursing homes and senior day care centres welcome volunteers to join them in their activities. You can contribute by conducting classes and organising outings, or befriending neighbours in the community who need may need reminders for medication or simply be a listening ear. Interested volunteers can click here to find out more.

The sharing by Ms Lynn Wong, the first recipient of the Inaugural SFCCA Clan Youth Award and a member of the Youth Committee, left a deep impression. With enthusiasm, she shared about her five years of experience in volunteering at the NTUC Health Co-operative and how she has moved from initially being a participant to now an organiser for activities.

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Ms Wong and her friends have organised a series of traditional food-making activities, in addition to holding festive events, where young volunteers led the elderly to cook traditional dishes of different Chinese ethnics. She is encouraged by the happy vibes from the seniors and through volunteering, she found a safe space to learn and grow with her peers, while  apply the skillsets learnt from volunteering to her work and daily life.

 


The act of doing good can be done by anyone who wish to serve, and together, we can build a stronger community which is bonded by mutual help and co-operation, the values of co-operatives. Get in touch with us at [email protected] if you would like to volunteer with our co-operatives.

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