Tuesday, September 09, 2008

ESN Carnival 2008 ~ Love, Care and Hope

Hi all,

Remember last December 07, we hav a fun-time together at Yishun Junior College for our first and ever ESN Carnival? Well, gald that you remember! Guess what, they are back this year with more games stalls and participating agencies from elderly sector as well. This year, the carnival theme is "Love, Care and Hope"

The main objective of the carnival is to infuse a sense of togetherness as a community of volunteers serving the elderly sector, to promote sharing, interactions and learning among volunteers and beneficiaries alike, and to provide an afternoon of beyond volunteering experience of fun, cheer and company to the elderly by the combined efforts of volunteers. It is going to be a fun and interactive event comprising of carnival stalls (food, craft, games and bazaar), activities such as photo-taking with mascot and handicraft demonstrations, a mini-concert, and last but not least, lucky draw where the beneficiaries get to walk away with goodies such as grocery items and other basic necessities.

Thou, these 4-lettered, "Love, Care and Hope" seems easy to spell however it takes quite a bit of effort to show to our family, friends, elderly or even neighbors. Well of course we are not into what these words means as i bet that you guys know it better than I can describe.

In any case, today we are sharing on how you can help us in the upcoming carnival...

Date: 27 Sept 08 (Saturday)
Time: 1.30 - 4.30 pm
Venue: Yishun Junior College

How is SILRA involved??

- We will be manning a handicraft booth showcasing, Salt bottles made by Uncles & Aunties, Ah Kow’s rattan handicraft and tissue paper carrier sow by Aunties.
- We will also be having a game stall:

How we would like you to be involved?? (please revert okie..)

Before Carnival:

  1. Handicrafts preparations do join us for our upcoming Saturdays to engage the residents to continue our Salt Bottle.
  2. Banner Design (to provide assistance in piecing up our Creative Director idea on banner etc)

Actual Day of Carnival:

  1. Bringing our residents out to/fro YJC; (27 Sept-> Time: 12.45 pm - 5.00pm)
  2. Helping to man our Game and Handicraft stall (27 Sept-> Time: 8 pm - 4.30pm)

Other information that you should be aware of??

This is not a fund raising event, non-profitable, but the coupon sales earned from handicraft booths will be returned to the respective agencies.

Lastly, we are also in the midst of sourcing for sponsors to cover the costs involved.

Alternatively, if you have a great idea and its bursting or burning to share, do drop us a few liners. We look forward to hear from you soon!

ESN Workshop on 19 October, Sunday

Are you enthusiastic to embark on your first visit to an elderly home but not sure how you can contribute? Want to understand more about volunteering in an elderly home? Worried that you have problems communicating with the elderly?
Join us for our 1-day course organised by volunteers for volunteers.

Venue: All Saints Home (Hougang)
Date: 19th Oct 2008 (Sunday)
Time: 9am - 3pm
Target participants : New volunteers serving in the elderly sector
To register : Email silrahome@hotmail.com
Note: $5 will be collected for lunch, tea-break and materials cost

Friday, August 29, 2008

Volunteer Orientation held on 28 Aug @ NVPC

Dear all,
Yesterday, we had our first Volunteer Orientation at NVPC at The Giving Place ever since they have shifted from Amoy Street to this new cool building at Central @ Clarke Quay. Their shift took place somewhere in December 2007. on 7 July 08, PM Lee H L grace the occassion of the official opening of NVPC's new premises.

This new premises has been generously gifted to NVPC by Far East Organization, and a host of organisations and individuals have come forward to donate their time, expertise and resources to make this community-based giving hub a reality. The place is awesome, do check it out the next time you are near there, you may find books on volunteering there. =)

Well, this post is not only saying as to how the place is like but to thank those who have attended yesterday NVPC volunteer orientation. It's great to see people who are willing to learn a bit more about local volunteering scenes.

Also, a BiG THaNK you to those who have signed up for a visit to SILRA Home on this Saturday, 30 August, 2pm till 6pm. We will meet at Ang Mo Kio MRT station at 1.30pm before proceeding to SILRA. If you are also interested to join us on this Saturday, please drop us an email or join us at 80 Buangkok View, Buangkok Medical Park on every Saturday from 2.00pm till 6pm.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Photos from 7th Month Cele @ SILRA

Dear friends,

Its been a long time since we blog, if you have been waiting for this, guess you didn't wait in vain as this new post will leave you in awe (especially if you were not here for our 7th Month Celebration) For those who came, bet that you had a fun time @ SILRA during our 7th Month Celebration. We also had an Open House to volunteers from Brighthill Evergreen, Moral Home and not forgetting our in-laws: All Saints Home.

This Open House idea is to allow volunteers from different Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs) to feel and experience on how other volunteer groups are like..also hoping that can find things to improve on thru a 3rd party perceptive. Lastly, the key thing is to bring back what the volunteers think can be implemented into their activities.. if you still havn't catch me, you ain't know wat you are missing at..

Okay enough of that, let's us recap on 16 Aug - 7th Month Celebration..

Our Group Photo

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Volunteer Orientation 28 Aug Thursday

Hi folks,

it’s here again! Yes, Volunteer Orientation!

A chance to seek fresh blood to join us. Besides, at NVPC, we would also like to invite your friends, colleague or family members to join us this round, if they are interested. Remember our date is on this Thursday (28 Aug-NVPC) and Saturday (30 Aug & 6th Sept-SILRA).

Attached is the tentative schedule for the coming Sep - Oct, please note that our existing schedule is still in place..

Date Special Events

30 Aug Volunteer Orientation / Wheelchair Handling

6 Sep Volunteer Orientation / Mid-Autumn Celebration

13 Sep Dialect Session

14 Sep Sunday - Walk in the Park ~ 8 am to 12 noon

(Volunteer Bonding Session @ South Ridge Park) - Please revert your interest to SILRA Mailbox, thanks.

27 Sep ESN Carnival @ Yishun Junior College

We need your valuable help to share your wonderful experience at SILRA with the potential volunteers to join us in serving the elderly at SILRA.

The details are as below:

Date: 28 Aug 2008 (Thursday)
Time: 7pm to 9:00pm
Venue: NVPC (National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre)

NVPC at The Giving Place is located in The Central, a shopping mall directly above Clarke Quay MRT

NVPC at The Giving Place
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
#04-88 The Central
Singapore 059817


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

ESN Workshop ~ 1st June 2008

Hi folks,

we will be having our ESN (Elderly Sector Network) workshop on 1st June 2008. Both workshops are "running" at the same time and venue will be @ The Giving Place (NVPC) - Central @ Clarke Quay.

1) Leadership Development & Mentoring Workshop:-

This workshop aims to target @ volunteer leaders who are involved in mentoring or guiding fellow volunteers. Of course, this includes the "highly potential" volunteers as well.

2) Volunteer Organisation & Management Workshop:-

This workshop is conducted in a forum style discussion where sharing of good practices of volunteer organisation and management in order to equip the volunteer leader in facing any potential challenges during the walk of volunteering.

Interested Parties please email to silrahome@hotmail.com Closing Date will be 17 May 2008. Please note that fee of $5 will be collected for lunch, tea-break and materials cost in advance.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Handicraft Session ~ 19 April

Hi folks,

Please do join us next Saturday, 19 April for our Salt bottle making. Please be there @ 2pm. Thanks.

We hope to see you there to encourage our residents to participate this activity. =)

In addition, please be informed that we have 4 new residents @ SILRA. Please welcome them to SILRA.


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Food Festival ~ 12 Apr 08

Hi all,

Please kindly note that our dinner menu change for this Saturday ~ 12 Apr.

We will be having Yong Tau Foo Soup instead (based on high demand). It's been quite a while since we have cook YTF.

See you this Saturday @ 2pm. =)

Friday, April 04, 2008

Happenings @ SILRA

Hi Folks,
been such a long time since we blog..well we are undergoing some UPGRADES in order to serve our residents better.. Well, as some of you might have know, we are coming up with a new outline to run our weekly activities or to put in bluntly: to be a little more structured...
Thus, this is just a sneak preview of what's new @ SILRA. Please do not be surprised at your next time...do remain calm..
1. Sneak Preview:

Each week of the month we will have a designated activity to carry out from 3pm - 4 pm.

Week 1: Games

Week 2: Food

Week 3: Handicraft

Week 4 Golden Week

Recap on our programe:

  • Set up of Karaoke (2.00pm) @ Ground Level
  • Milk Making (2.30pm) run concurrently with
  • Stress Ball Exercise (2.30pm) @ 2nd and 3rd Level
  • Designated Activity (according to the week) - 3 - 4pm @ Ground Level
  • Musical Therapy (4pm) @ Ground Level
  • Feeding (optional)
  • Meeting (4.45pm) @ 5th Level
  • Stroll-a-round (5.15pm)

2. Stroll-a-round:

As most of us is aware, the response for stroll-a-round is highly welcomed by our residents. However, this activity is limited to the weather conditions as well as the no. of volunteers who are able to join since we are targeting in the pairing of 1 resident to 1 volunteer.

Thus, to facilitate the IC to be aware of the no. of residents to engage in the stroll after their dinner, we will be putting up a white board @ ground level for volunteer to indicate their participation.

We have done up some magnets clips with volunteers names. For those who can't locate your name, please do not be despair, just write your name on the board and provide us with your name (in Chinese character and English).

As such, we need your co-operation to paste your names on the white board to indicate that you will be joining the evening stroll. From there, we will be able to determine the no. of volunteers and to find the equal no. of residents.

See You This Saturday for Bingo.. Are you Game Enough??

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Vitamin D on 08 March 2008

Hi folks,

Its been a fruitful last Saturday. Our prayers were answered by having such a Bright and Beautiful Saturday. It was awesome as our 31 residents and volunteers have gotten their Vitamin D @ Pasir Ris Park.

We would like to thank everyone for waking up so early and arriving on time since most of us stayed in the West part of Singapore. Yipee!! watch out for the 'zip effect' created by a 8-legged spiddy..If you got a minute check out our album now..

15 March 2008 = Handicraft

This coming Saturday we will be engaging our residents for Handicraft sessions...Do join us from 2.30pm onwards if you are available. C Ya!

Lastly, this is an appeal to all of you out there...please brainstorm some handicraft activities that is suitable for our residents..in addition the handicraft is functional as well as sellable. Please email your handicraft ideas to our Group email. Thanks.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Pasir Ris Park Outing 8 March 2008

Hi Folks,

yes, your eyes are not playing tricks on you (lots of 8, confirm we will 'huat' = prosper), 8 March 08, 8am!!

We will be going out together with our residents, Students from American School, have you revert on your availablity? Its still not too late yet, call or email Rimei. We are still looking for manpower to join us

For easy identification, volunteers are encouraged to wear Red color T-shirts and track shoes / sandals for comfortable walking.

For those who have registered, be punctual on 8 Mar 2008 (Sat). Latest by 8.00 am for registration. We understand majority stay in west part of Singapore, so please try to morning call each other, okie?? =)

Programme Outline – Pasir Ris Park Outing 08 March 2008 (Saturday)

Time: Event:
7.45 – 8.00 am Registration of Volunteer
8.00 am Volunteer Briefing
8.15 am Prepare for Departure
9.00 am Arrival @ Pasir Ris Park (Carpark C) – Alighting
9.15 – 10.45 am Stroll around Pasir Ris Park (Area 2)
11.00 am Lunch
12.00 noon Prepare for Departure (Home)
1.00 pm Home Sweet Home
1.00 – 2.30 pm Take a Break

From 2.30pm onwards, we will be having our normal activities.

Things to Bring / Note (before leaving house):

• Please dress appropriately, preferably in T-Shirts (Red Color – for easy identification) and track shoes / sandals.
• Please bring own umbrella (foldable / compact) and own water.
• Please try to carry sling bag or waist pouch in order to have ‘free’ hands’ to assist residents in walking or wheeling them around the park.
• Volunteers are advised to be punctual on 8 Mar 2008 (Sat). Latest by 8.00 am for registration.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Happy Lunar New Year 2008

Hi Folks,

Year of Rat have finally arrived after 12 faithful years of waiting.

May Year 2008 be filled with Joy, Laughter, Peace, Prosperity and Happiness for you and your family as well as residents of SILRA Home.

Please be informed that we will resume our service on 16 Feb @ SILRA for 人日庆祝会, 2pm onwards.

Greetings from Joy Gathering Volunteer Group

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Chinese New Year Celebration

Setting up the backdrop
Our Emcees.

Lion Dance...

Balloons and Balloons. Yeah..

Yu Sheng... Huat ah!!!

The performers.
Wheel of Fortune. Roll Money and Roll Money...
Our regular performers
Say "cheese"

Guitar... Hmm.. But where is Shaorong???

God of Fortune

Mass Singing