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

Dear Caregivers

Below is information on Family Activities organised at National level for you and your family. Families are invited to participate in the activities. Participation is by walk- in on the day itself and there is no admission charge. Do feel free to attend if interested.

To celebrate Singapore’s 50th anniversary, the National Family Council FFL is organising SG50 picnics on 7 August (Friday) and 8 August (Saturday) at 4 different venues.
Each SG50 picnic will boast its own unique highlights, where families can enjoy fun and engaging activities, such as kite-flying, DIY snack-making and movie screenings. More information is available below, and on the SG50 Picnics website
http://www.sg50picnics.sg/

Venue/Date Highlights
1) Marina Barrage
Date: 7 and 8 August
Time: 8.00am – 12.30pm

Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive
Singapore 018951
  • Nostalgic childhood games
  • Performances by local artistes
  • Carnival stalls and games
  • FFL Mobile Café, serving complimentary light snacks and beverages
  • Good vantage point to catch aerial display by The Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knights at 12pm
2) Pasir Ris Park
Date: 7 August
Time: 4.00pm – 10.00pm

Address: Along Pasir Ris Central, Opposite Pasir Ris MRT Station
Singapore 510534
  • Guided Nature Walk (first-come-first-serve basis)
  • Carnival food and game stalls
  • Roving buskers
  • FFL bouncy castles
  • FFL Mobile Café, serving complimentary light snacks and beverages
  • Outdoor movie screening at 7.30pm
3) Sembawang Park
Date: 7 August
Time: 4.00pm – 10.00pm

Address: Sembawang Park, Sembawang
Singapore 758526
  • Terrarium-making workshop (first-come-first-serve basis)
  • Carnival food and game stalls
  • Roving buskers
  • FFL bouncy castles
  • FFL Mobile Café, serving complimentary light snacks and beverages
  • Outdoor movie screening at 7.30pm
4) West Coast Park
Date: 7 August
Time: 4.00pm – 10.00pm

Address: 71 West Coast Highway
Singapore 126844
  • Trampoline Activity (first-come-first-serve basis)
  • Family Cycling (first-come-first-serve basis, limited slots available)
  • Carnival food and game stalls
  • Roving buskers
  • FFL bouncy castles
  • FFL Mobile Café, serving complimentary light snacks and beverages
  • Outdoor movie screening at 7.30pm

 

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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