Volunteer Counsellors with Catholic Family Life

Organisation: Catholic Family Life (CFL)

Location: Islandwide (CFL’s office is located at 2 Highland Road #01-03 Singapore 549102)

Care to bring hope and healing to families, couples and individuals in their life journey? If you have the relevant qualification, a listening ear and a compassionate heart, join CFL’s Community of Para-Counsellors (CPC).

Requirements
– Passion to give back to the community and provide a listening ear to others
– 2.5 hours in the afternoon or evening per week
– Commitment of 12 months or longer
– A minimum of Masters in Counselling.
– Attend pre-deployment, quarterly training and monthly supervision.

For Enquiries/ more details
Email : [email protected]
Website: https://cpc.familylife.sg/joinus

Volunteering with Infant Jesus Homes and Children’s Centres (IJHCC)

IJHCC serves children and youth from diverse racial groups and religions. They are looking to fill the following volunteer roles to extend the work they do.
Roles:

  1. Graphics Designer (ability to work from home)
    • design poster/pamphlets or brochure.
  2. Operations Support (Galilee Centre – Blk 641, #01-800, Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, S’pore 560641) 
    • support staff to manage operational needs at Galilee Centre’s outreach services every Saturdays (9am to 12pm).
    • includes opening, closing of centre and enforcing safe-management measures.
    • manage safety of children and SOP of parents/ visitors.
    • ability to work independently with minimal supervision by staff. On-job-training will be provided.
    • matured personality to handle difficult situations.
  3. Guitar/ Ukulele Instructor (Galilee Centre/ Agape Village)
    • experienced in teaching children (ukulele) and youth (guitar) preferred.
    • instructor should be able to plan the curriculum for the musical instrument class.
    • for Ukulele Instructor, preferably can provide ukulele for the students. 
    • available on Saturdays (preferably in the afternoon).
  4. Homework Coach (Galilee Centre)
    • familiar with current primary school curriculum.
    • ability to provide coaching for preferably English and Maths or Chinese.
    • primary needs are on Saturdays (10.30am to 12pm) and limited needs for weekday afternoons (1.30pm to 5pm).
    • assist with student care help. 
  5. Door-to-door Outreach (one-off, on Saturday – Postponed till further notice)
    • to conduct door-to-door survey about the support/ needs required by residents living in a few HDB blocks nearby Church of Christ the King.
    • surveys will be conducted in pairs.  

Requirement (for volunteer roles #1 to #4 above):

  1. Commitment of at least 6 months or longer.
  2. To be in regular communication with IJHCC staff on volunteer role and deliverables.
  3. Interested volunteers will be assess by staff of IJHCC of suitability before confirming volunteer role and engagement. 

For enquiries:
Name: Trina Chia
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 6459 4801

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Love that Binds

When I was growing up, I had what many would consider a privileged lifestyle. I had tons of toys and branded clothes, attended enrichment programmes, and travelled the world with my parents. Yet, I always felt sad and empty as if there was something missing in my life.

For the first 20 years of my life, my dad worked overseas, returning only once in a long while to visit my mum and me. His visits were so few and precious that I would cling to him, demanding his full attention. Those were indeed happy moments for me. But feeling the acute loss of his presence, I would cry unconsolably and lock myself in my room whenever it was time for him to leave.

While I appreciated his sacrifice of working hard to give us a good life, I constantly struggled with my emotions and craved my dad’s love, time, and attention. The pain of missing my father sometimes seemed unbearable.

Finding the Silver Lining Today
I realise that my personal experience has helped me to understand the importance of love, care, and attention that all children need, especially during their early stages of life. Whenever I encounter a child from an underprivileged or broken family, or a child at risk, I ask myself, “What can I do to help, comfort, and encourage them?”. I want to be able to bring them happiness and assure them that I will always be by their side to guide them through the difficult times.

I have been with Morning Star for six years now, and love working with children who are challenging. I strongly believe that every child has a story to tell and deserves to be nurtured and encouraged so that they can become responsible, caring adults and citizens.

While these children would test my patience some days, I acknowledge that this is part-and-parcel of their growing up and my love for them should be a constant in their lives.

My heart finds fulfilment when they improve and I see the difference that I make in their lives. They would write notes of appreciation which warm my heart; and when I see a significant change in their behaviour for the better, I am filled with gladness. My journey with Morning Star has helped me to grow and appreciate what I have in life. It is when you see how other people without privileges and material comforts struggle that you realise how blessed you are. 

– Lim Jia, Facilitator, Morning Star Community Services

Volunteers at Boys’ Town (Bukit Timah)

If you care for young people and can commit between six months to a year to guide and mentor young people, here are the role(s) in which you can support us:

  1. Volunteer Transport Minder for Sanctuary Care
    • This role involves transporting the children we serve as they sometimes have to travel between their natural homes, respite carer’s home and school.
    • We usually require help on weekday mornings/evenings (school run) and weekend mornings (to and from biological parents).

MSF screening is required for all volunteers in direct services. The Boys’ Town team will assess your suitability and guide you on the registration process where applicable.

For enquiries:
Contact: Ms Dian Amirah
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 6690 5420 (ext. 472)