Janet had worked as a nurse for all of her life – giving and caring for people. Having retired and now that she is almost in her 80s, she wanted to still continue to serve the society. In August 2014, she started her volunteering journey in RSVP Singapore, despite not having any prior volunteering experience.
Harriet was first approached to help with administrative work for RSVP. She was happy for a while, but felt her contribution did not directly benefit the recipients. She wanted something more challenging and had a direct impact in the beneficiaries’ lives. Hence, she became a Cyberguide trainer.
Hansen believes that the switch in career path to health care has equipped him with the expertise for him to better help seniors and contribute back to society. The Episodic Programme provides a variety of volunteering opportunities for him to try out at a flexible pace as he is still working part time.
Simon started off his volunteering journey during his working days, joining volunteering opportunities organised by his company whenever he could. He officially joined RSVP Singapore after he retired and after training, joined the Enriching Lives of Seniors Programme (ELSP).
June first heard about RSVP in the local newspaper. Upon her retirement in 2007, she decided to find out more about RSVP and get involved in volunteering. She now befriends socially isolated seniors in SACs under ELSP and leads drawing classes at RSVP’s volunteer centre.
Before retiring, Vincent never knew what volunteering was. It was his old boss who encouraged him to start volunteering – he wanted Vincent to still contribute due to his experience in the healthcare setting. One day, Vincent chanced upon a poster calling interested parties to come down to RSVP. What he learned surprised him.