National Senior Volunteer Month
NSVM 2020 – Embracing Senior Volunteerism in this Digital Era
RSVP Singapore held our sixth NSVM virtually on 12 September 2020. In line with our mission to empower seniors to embark on a meaningful journey in volunteering, our focus for NSVM 2020 was “Embracing Senior Volunteerism in this Digital Era”.
Despite it being our first-ever major virtual event, the event turned out to be a great success with over 6,650 participants joined us via Zoom, Facebook Live and Youtube Live on the event day. Our Facebook post had a reach of over 27,000. We also achieved extensive media coverage in top-tier media publications spanning online, print, broadcast and social media such as The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Shin Min Daily News, Suria Berita, Channel 8 News and Channel 5 News.
A virtual panel session was also conducted and guest speakers from Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), Standard Chartered Singapore, Filos Community Service and Smart Nation Singapore were invited to discuss and share their insights on “Volunteering in this Digital Era”.
During the Opening Ceremony, we had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Smart Nation and Digital Government Office to empower and equip seniors with digital literacy skills. This notable collaboration will see RSVP Singapore recruiting and training more volunteers to become Smart Nation Ambassadors. Through this collaboration, it will also enable us to help more seniors harness and enhance their digital capabilities and expertise. Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Communications and Information was the Guest-of-Honour and witnessed the signing of the MoU.
View photos of NSVM 2020 here.
NSVM 2019 continued to promote volunteerism among Singaporeans. We had the participation and support of over 50 Social Service Agencies, corporate partners and government agencies.
We are pleased to share that the total turnout for the NSVM 2019 Opening Ceremony was over 2,000 and over 300 volunteers were mobilised including students, corporate and senior volunteers. There was also extensive media coverage by CNA, Berita Mediacorp, Lian He Zao Bao, Shin Min Daily, Business Times, 8world, Chinese Radio News (Capital 95.8).
We had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth to grow senior volunteerism in Singapore as part of the SG Cares national movement. Through this MoU, SG Cares will help develop RSVP Singapore’s capability to grow the number of volunteers aged 50 and above, and help them embark on a meaningful journey through curated volunteer opportunities with community partners, including local SG Cares Volunteer Centres. SG Cares will also expand RSVP Singapore’s network to engage baby boomers upstream at their workplaces, and introduce them to volunteering opportunities. The target is to outreach up to 30,000 baby boomers in the first year. Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth was the Guest-of-Honour and witnessed the signing of the MoU.
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.
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.