The Enabling Masterplan 2012 – 2016 has a stated goal that "Persons with disabilities, including children with special needs, and their caregivers will be supported across transition points and developmental phases throughout the life course of a person with disabilities. Caregivers will be empowered and supported through a comprehensive range of support mechanisms that address their caregiving, financial, social-emotional and training needs."
In line with the Enabling Masterplan, MINDS has restructured the way we support caregivers to give it a better focus. From 1 January 2013, each MINDS school and adult centre has a Caregivers Support Initiative (CSI) to directly support parents and caregivers of the students in the schools or children in the adult centres. These CSIs are spearheaded by the School Principals, Centre Managers or Heads, supported by staff.
The entire caregivers support is overseen by a Caregivers Support Committee (CSC) and driven by a full-time staff instead of relying wholly on parent volunteers. This will enable a better outreach to the caregivers of our students and adult clients. Ms Chia Poh Hong has been appointed as the Director of Caregivers Support to give this initiative more emphasis and weight.
There will be various activities, including caregivers training, organised for caregivers at the individual school/centre level and across MINDS as an organisation. A calendar of these activities will be broadcasted in this site. Details will be announced as and when they are finalised.
It is hoped that participation in all these activities will provide caregivers with opportunities to establish greater rapport with MINDS services as well as to network and provide mutual support for each other. It is also our hope to reach out to caregivers of ex-MINDS clients.
For all enquiries on Caregivers Support, please contact
Ms Chia Poh Hong, Director, MINDS Caregivers Support Services, at email@example.com.