In line with its mission to provide opportunities for seniors to serve the community, RSVP led the first major volunteering movement targeted at seniors in 2012, encouraging 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, called Senior Volunteer Week (SVW), has grown from 30 activities involving over 1,000 volunteers in 2012 to a months-long celebration from 2015 onwards.
NSVM 2019 will continue to promote volunteerism among Singaporeans. We target to engage 2,500 volunteers through at least 40 volunteering opportunities with partner Social Service Organisations to benefit the less privileged over four months from July to October. The Opening Ceremony will be the largest volunteer outreach at a single location for this year.
Sign up for the volunteering activities here.
As the National Centre of Excellence for Senior Volunteerism, our aim is to exponentially increase the number of senior volunteers serving the different beneficiary segments in our society. In particular, we would like to reach out to those in the Merdeka Generation. Through NSVM, we hope to inspire and encourage the Merdeka Generation to embark on their volunteering journey. The event will be open to the public and media will be invited.
This year, we will incorporate bicentennial activities to tie in with Singapore’s bicentennial celebrations. We will also hold sporting activities in August, in line with NDP celebrations, as well as intergenerational volunteering activities involving both seniors and youths to volunteer for the community together. We will also continue engaging corporates through our “Retire With a Purpose” initiative, which was launched in 2017 and is now part of the SG Cares movement.
NSVM 2019 Opening Ceremony details:
Date: Saturday, 14 September 2019
Time: 9am – 5pm
Venue: ITE College Central
Guest-of-Honour: Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth
Join us at the NSVM Opening Ceremony on Saturday, 14 September 2019, where we will feature 20 booths by our community partners and partnering agencies. Bring your families and have an exciting day with us.
- Find out how you can support the community as a volunteer
- Enjoy performances by community groups
- Have fun exploring our interactive exhibits
- Attend complimentary workshops and seminars
Admission is FREE!
To partner us for NSVM 2019, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSVM 2018 was launched on 12 June 2018 by Dr Ang Hak Seng, BBM, Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). This also marks the first NSVM where we launched online registrations for our activities.
With support from MCCY and Council for Third Age (C3A), we curated a series of 35 meaningful activities through collaboration with 43 community partners from social service and public service. We reached out to 804 volunteers and approximately 11,000 beneficiaries over four months from July to October.
Championing the SG Cares movement, NSVM 2018 culminated in a grand celebration on 8 September. 500 participants turned up that day, including volunteers, community partners, government agencies and members of the public.
Photos of our Opening Ceremony on 8 September are here.
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 July to September.
NSVM 2015 & 2016
In 2015, SVW was rebranded as National Senior Volunteer Month (NSVM) to highlight its significance at a national level of increasing the number of senior volunteers in Singapore. NSVM is now an annual 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.