Student Care Helpers at Canossaville Children & Community Services

Canossaville Children and Community Services (CCCS) runs Canossaville Preschool, Canossaville Student Care and Canossian Child Development Unit in the Aljunied-MacPherson area. Their programmes cater to both mainstream students, as well as those with hearing loss, giving priority to the poorest living in the lower income neighbourhoods. 
CCCS is a Catholic social service agency, serving and impacting the lives of children and their families across their preschool and primary years, regardless of race, language or religion.

For all volunteering opportunities, interview and screening will still be conducted before the matching of volunteers to children. 

Role:
Support the student care needs for Primary School children e.g. safety of children, assisting with activities and homework supervision
Commitment period: at least 3 months
Day/ time: At least once a week between Monday and Friday between 2pm to 6pm (due to MCCY restrictions of total numbers of volunteers allowed at centre due to COVID-19).
Duration per session: 4 hours
Skills required: No experience required
Minimum age of volunteers: 18 and above
Venue: 1 Sallim Road (Gate 3) Singapore 38762
Vacancies: 4

For enquiries:
Name: Ms Jeris Lau
Email: [email protected]

Movie time!

Students in Canossaville’s after-school care services were treated to a movie during their recent school break.

Gerald and Janet sponsored 86 tickets for students and staff at NEX last week. Janet shared, “My husband and I are very thankful to have an opportunity like this to spread some happiness to other children. Though it’s just a movie, we are glad to see the smiles on their faces after enjoying the show. Being parents ourselves, if the children are happy, we are happy. This is what matters to us most.”

Photo courtesy of Canossaville

Janet and family were touched by the handwritten Thank You note from one of the students. Gerald and Janet’s boys were happy to see so many new “friends”! Do you know that their dear children were fine to give up their pocket money to contribute to buying the tickets?

What darlings!

Damon Goh, Community Partnerships Manager with Canossaville shared, “We are blessed to be able to bring our children out for this movie outing. Our children have been working hard revising and preparing for their End-of-Year examinations. This outing provides a timely opportunity for them to relax and recharge before the school reopens.”

Photo courtesy of Canossaville

Just look at those faces!

Thank you! from Canossaville and Caritas Singapore!

Wise Beyond Their Years

Students (from left) Chin Zi Rou, Tan Xiu Lin, Fatimah Nazeeha and Lim Xiao Xuan from Canossaville Children & Community Services (Canossaville) Student Care programme, were disappointed to learn that some of their friends would not be able to join in a planned visit to an old folks’ home as it could not accommodate too large a group. This was especially so for one of the young ladies who had just lost her grandfather.

Undeterred, these resourceful young ladies aged 10 to 11 years, set about planning their own visit. Calling upon their experience from previous visits to nursing homes, they created a visit plan and set their sights on St Theresa’s Home.

With guidance and encouragement from their teacher, they prepared a detailed proposal which was then presented to Canossaville’s management. Next, the young ladies had to identify and sell their project to a sponsor. Their plan found traction with Vistra Singapore, who came on board as a corporate sponsor.

Ms Valentina Chemodanova, Relationship Manager (Corporate & Private Clients) of Vistra Singapore said, “We were extremely impressed with the girls’ enthusiasm and how well organised they were from the presentation of the project, preparation of the materials for the event, and the visit to St Theresa’s Home itself. It was a great pleasure to support the kids in this project and we look forward to sharing many more activities with them.”

With logistics and budget in place, they started their preparations. The young ladies organised 40 students into small groups and ensured that all were familiar about their roles to make the visit to St Teresa’s Home a success.

Not surprisingly, everything ran smoothly on the day of the visit. The students mingled and chatted with the elderly, and helped them design and construct paper lanterns for the upcoming mid-autumn festival. They also joined the residents for refreshments.

Ms Amy Yuen, Communications Manager from Canossaville shared, “You could see they have put themselves in the shoes of the elderly whom they were visiting. I am happy that the girls have in them, the values shared with them through our Formation of the Heart programme.”

Canossaville offers preschool and student care centre that caters to mainstream, and children with mild to moderate special needs.

This article is extracted from our Caritas Singapore Annual Report 2017.
Canossaville Children and Community Services is a member organisation of Caritas Singapore.