GIVE TIME/SKILLS

 “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  - Chinese Proverb

We at MINDS believe that volunteers play a critical role in empowering our clients and promoting inclusion of persons with intellectual disability into our society today. Are you ready to join us in making a difference?

If you are interested to volunteer with MINDS for any of the following volunteering opportunity stated below except for 3. Individual volunteer - Weekend activities, kindly write in to the respective persons in charge with the following information where applicable:

  • Commitment period
  • Frequency (e.g. one time/weekly/biweekly/yearly/to be discussed)
  • Available date(s) and timing(s)
  • Area(s) of interest for volunteering
  • Provide sponsorship of activity
  • Any other information you would like us to know

The list of volunteering opportunities below is not exhaustive, and we welcome you to brainstorm about how you can help.

We sincerely appreciate your support and would like to seek your kind understanding that the vacancy for volunteer may be limited, and we will try to respond to you if there are suitable volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering Opportunities:

1.    Corporations/organisations/schools

If your team is looking for ways to make a difference in the community, while encouraging greater teamwork among employees and giving opportunities to enhance skills development, MINDS has the following opportunities of engagement:

  • "Adopt" a MINDS facility to provide support on a regular basis e.g. embark on a yearly outing/monthly outing/weekly interaction
  • Organise and sponsor ad hoc outings for MINDS clients (e.g. baking/cooking studio, USS, hawker centre, movie premiere, picnic etc.)
  • Organise and sponsor ad hoc Fundraising or Awareness Campaign for MINDS
  • Organise Carnival/Camp (June/Dec) for MINDS clients

We are open to hearing from you on your ideas as well.

For interested partners, please email to volunteer@minds.org.sg.  

2. Individual volunteer - Weekday activities

  • Assist in weekly classes on Travel Skills / Gardening / Community Living and Mobility Skills Training / Art and Craft / Sports / Daily Living Skills
  • If you have specific skills (e.g. art and craft, photography, baking, cooking, swimming etc.) that you would like to teach our clients on a long term basis, you can write in to us too.
  • For more information on MINDS' centres and schools, visit http://www.minds.org.sg/Services.html

Criteria:

  • At least 18 years old and above
  • Able to commit for at least six months on a weekly/biweekly basis
  • Passionate and determined to empower and engage persons with intellectual disability

Locations:

  • MINDS Fernvale Gardens School
  • MINDS Napiri Training and Development Centre
  • MINDS Eunos Training and Development Centre
  • Other respective schools and training centers

For interested applicants, please email to volunteer@minds.org.sg.

Should there be a vacancy for individual volunteers, an interview and visit to selected MINDS facility will be arranged for the potential volunteer where applicable. Volunteers have to fill in MINDS volunteer application form before volunteering with MINDS.

3. Individual volunteer - Weekend activities

  • Engage persons with intellectual disability in activities such as art and craft, sports, singalong, life skills activities at MINDS MYG.
  • MINDS MYG is MINDS' dedicated volunteer arm that servers over 200 beneficiaries across ten regular projects on weekend afternoons. For more information on volunteering with MINDS MYG, hop on to www.myg.org.sg

For interested applicants, click here to sign up.

4. Individual volunteer - Weekday/weekend activities

MINDS Me Too! Club is looking for:

  • Individuals who wish to conduct workshops for at least 10 weeks, one session per weeek. i.e. art and craft, cooking, baking, sports, physical activities, team bonding games, etc.
  • Volunteers who wish to volunteer on Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Fridays 1-3pm every week for at least 6 months.
    • Weekly activites include activities such as arts and crafts, sports, activities of daily living, etc. where clients and MTC volunteers will interact together. These weekly activities aim to empower our clients in terms of communication skills in order to make them feel less socially isolated. The venue of the weekly activities varies as per activity.
  • Volunteers who want to do home visits for at least 6 months.
    • The home visit programme is one where volunteers head down to clients' homes once a week to spend time with them and to get to know them better. Volunteers can also engage in other activities such as reading, writing, colouring, counting, walking around the neigbourhood, and other activities that they (as well as the caregivers) think is suitable for clients.

For more information on Me Too! Club, visit http://www.minds.org.sg/MeTooClub.html .

For interested applicants, please write in to our Me Too! Club’s Volunteer Coordinator at Juliang.mtc@minds.org.sg.

5. Skilled volunteerism

If you have any specific skillsets (e.g. photography, videography, designing, baking, medicine, food and nutrition, dentistry etc) that you would like to contribute, do drop us a note at volunteer@minds.org.sg.