National Senior Volunteer Month
In line with its mission to provide opportunities for seniors to serve the community, RSVP took the lead in organising one of the first major volunteering movement targeted at the senior citizenry to encourage them to embark on their volunteering journey. Working with various VWO partners, volunteering opportunities were created to allow new and would be volunteers to have a taste of volunteering. This movement was called Senior Volunteer Week (SVW) and it was first launched in 2012. SVW has grown from 30 activities involving over 1,000 volunteers in 2012 to 58 activities involving over 1,300 volunteers serving 5,800 beneficiaries in 2014.
NSVM 2015 & 2016
In 2015, SVW was rebranded as National Senior Volunteer Month (NSVM) highlighting its significance at a national level to increase the number of seniors volunteers in Singapore. NSVM continues to remain a signature event of RSVP.
The inaugural NSVM was launched on 4 September 2015 by the then President Tony Tan at Toa Payoh HDB Hub. The theme “Senior Volunteerism – Soaring to Greater Heights” reflected the continuing value of seniors to the community. The goal is to engage volunteers primarily seniors in meaningful volunteering opportunities benefitting the less privileged in the society and to encourage partnerships amongst VWOs and corporates. Supported by the SG50 Celebration Fund and the Ministry of Health, NSVM 2015 had a record turnout of 3,931 volunteers, out of which 2,648 were seniors, taking part in 61 unique volunteering activities that had 17,376 beneficiaries over 10 months.
In 2016, NSVM continued on a modest scale involving over 400 volunteers reaching out to 1,000 beneficiaries over the course of 2 months.
NSVM 2017 with its new theme “Retire with a Purpose - Volunteer” attracted over 2,000 participants at its opening ceremony at ITE College Central on 9 September. 180 senior volunteers volunteered as ushers, crowd control volunteers and ambassadors. Supported by Council for Third Age, over 1,500 volunteers served different beneficiary segments through 30 unique volunteering opportunities that took place over 3 months from August to October.
NSVM 2018 will continue to promote volunteerism among Singaporeans by working with VWO partners to create meaningful volunteering opportunities for new and would be volunteers to serve the underprivileged in our society. Our aim is to create volunteering opportunities for 400 seniors - opportunities for them to contribute their time and talents to serve the community.
The target is to engage 400 volunteers through 20 meaningful volunteer opportunities across 4 months (from July to October) at 15 locations.
On 8 September 2018, there will be an NSVM Carnival incorporating flea market-style booths by VWOs to raise funds, booths for VWOs to recruit volunteers and raise awareness, and games to promote inter-generational bonding among families. Games will be “kampung style”, but with a twist of technology to incorporate our “smart” theme e.g. playing congkak on iPad. This carnival will be held at Bishan CC. The target turnout for the one-day carnival event is 500.