CAREGIVERS SUPPORT

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.

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Updating in Progress...

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF EVENTS

MINDS Caregivers Conference 2014

  1. Event date: Saturday 23 August 8.30am to 4.30pm

    Venue: Furama Riverfront Hotel
    GOH: Mdm Halimah Yacob, Speaker of Parliament
    Guests: Mr Chan Heng Kee, Permanent Sec, MSF
        Ms Ong Toon Hui, Deputy Sec, MSF
        Ms Wong Kuan Ying, Director,MSF
        Mr Eric Chen, Snr Asst Director, MSF
        Ms Dilys Tan, ManagerDisability Services, NCSS
        Dr Cheong Choong Kong, MINDS Patron
        Mr Jeffrey Tan, President, MINDS and Exco members
  2. Participants registered were 320 participants of whom 233 were caregivers from MINDS centres and 4 caregivers of ex-clients
  3. Feedback from Caregivers

    More than 80% of the caregivers were very satisfied with the conference topics and venue and over 90% indicated interest to attend such future conferences
  4. Clients Programme

    29 Clients turned up for the client minding service.
    The programme went off smoothly run by staff and 13 volunteers from Jurong Junior College. The students conducted the activities for the clients and breakfast and lunch were provided. The clients were received from their caregivers at the hotel and ferried to Lee Kong Chian School for the programme. They were ferried back to the hotel to rejoin their caregivers at the end of the conference.

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACTS

For all enquiries on Caregivers Support, please contact
Ms Chia Poh Hong, Director, MINDS Caregivers Support Services, at chiapohhong.hq@minds.org.sg.

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