What we do

Volunteer Support Groups

Diversional Therapy Unit (DTU)

History

The longest-serving volunteer group in TTSH, formed in 1948 by wives of British military men to support tuberculosis patients who had to be warded for extended periods of time.

Objectives

To keep bored and depressed tuberculosis patients occupied and lift their spirits by engaging them in handicraft work and social activities – "therapy" that "diverts their attention away from their illness".

Leader

Ms Mabel Wong/ Ms Nellie Row/ Ms Annie Cleopatra

Activities

  • Make craftwork to be sold at TTSH's Bi-monthly Consumer Bazaar and Annual DTU Sale, to raise funds for needy TTSH patients (through the TTSH Community Charity Fund)
  • Patient support through ward visits and providing handicraft making opportunities

Timings

Every Thursday, 9AM-12PM at DTU office at TTSH, B2

Joy Outreach

History

Formed in 1989 by Ms Jessie Ang out of love and compassion for our patients and healthcare workers.

Objectives

  • To bring relief and joy to patients in need, befriending, comforting and bringing them "Gifts from the Heart".
  • To promote Student Volunteerism with the aim of instilling in the young values of Care and Compassion through contact with the sick and needy.

Leader

Ms Jessie Ang

Activities

Ward Visits usually during festive seasons

  • Befriend, comfort and cheer patients by distributing homemade cookies, flowers, cards, and singing songs
  • Teach student volunteers about Love and Compassion through Art & Crafts sessions, and encourage them to help with the making and distribution of gifts to patients.

Timings

Ad-hoc basis (Festive seasons & occasions)

SURVIVOR CAMP Befrienders

History

Formed in 2007.

Objectives

To provide an extension of care for patients by keeping them company and engaging them in enjoyable activities.

Leader

Ms Jasmine Koo

Activities

Fortnightly ward visits :

  • To engage patients in activities such as chatting, reading and singing

Timings

1st & 2nd Thursday of the Month 7- 9PM

Mandarin-Speaking Befrienders

History

Started in Sep 2003 by Mdm. Wong Pey Wah, a healthcare worker with the desire to enhance patient care with personalised attention.

Objectives

  • To reach out to patients who are not conversant with English
  • To serve in the community

Leader

Mdm Wong Pey Wah

Activities

Weekly ward visits:

  • Befriend patients through games, one-on-one conversation, etc. conversing primarily in Mandarin and/or dialects.

Timings

  • Mon: 11AM-1PM
  • Tue: 11AM-1PM & 1-3PM
  • Fri: 11AM-1PM
  • Sun: 4-6PM

Sakura Groomers

History

Formed by a group of compassionate Japanese housewives more than seven years ago who started by providing complimentary grooming services to rehab patients.

Objectives

An integrated group of Japanese & local volunteers provide support by offering grooming services to patients.

Leader

Ms Yoshiko Kato

Activities

Weekly ward visits at TTSH Rehabilitation Centre in Ang Mo Kio

  • Haircutting, shaving, nail clipping services.

Timings

  • Every Tuesday (TTSH Rehab Centre in Ang Mo Kio)
  • 2nd Tuesday of the month (Renci Hospital); (10AM-12PM)

Mobile Library

History

Started in 2002 as part of the United World College's "Upper School Social Service" Programme, in which all Grade 11 students commit to a weekly social service in the local community for one year.

Objectives

  • To encourage students to show initiative by planning and leading activities, and to reflect on their contribution to the service
  • To provide an insight into the lives of the disadvantaged so that students may discover personal strengths and skills, and realise the ideal of service as a benefit to the client rather than the provider

In charge

Ms Chan Meiling

Activities

Bi- weekly ward visits during Academic Terms

  • Volunteers operate a 'Mobile Library' – a push-cart filled with a variety of reading material (books, magazines, etc.) for loan to patients who are bored or restricted in movement.

Timings

  • Sunday 2:00-4:00PM (subject to change) TTSH wards 5, 7 & 10, Renci Hospital Ward 7

Community Health Engagement Program (CHEP) – Stepping Out into Active Life

History

Stepping Out into Active Life is one of the three programs of CHEP, which was established by TTSH's Department of Continuing & Community Care in 2009.

Objectives

Through Stepping Out into Active Life, we aim to empower the seniors towards a healthy and active lifestyle. Our programmes are designed to help the seniors prevent falls.

Leader

Ms Lian Shieh Yng

Locations

Current sites (as of Dec 2011):

  1. Blk 123, Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 with AWWA Senior Activity Centre
    • Monday AM & Friday PM
  2. Blk 62B, Toa Payoh Lorong 4 with Care Link
    • Tuesday AM & Thursday AM

    (For more locations on Stepping Out's active sites, please contact us at 63573053, or email us at chep@ttsh.com.sg)

Volunteer Roles

Exercise Leader

  • 2 weekdays per wk, 2 hours each time
  • 4hr classroom training, on-the-job training
  • Lead exercise
  • Encourage participants
  • Administrative duties

Exercise Helper

  • 2 weekdays per wk, 2 hours each time
  • 4hr classroom training, on-the-job training
  • Watch & guide participants during exercise sessions
  • Encourage participants
  • Administrative duties

Exercise Assistant Helper

  • On-the-job training
  • 2 hours each time during weekday
  • Watch participants
  • Encourage participants

Befriender

  • 4hr classroom training, on-the-job training (2hr)
  • Once a month, 2 to 4 hr each time
  • Visit participants at their home for:
    • Home safety assessment
    • Medical issues

Adhoc (For screening and evaluation)

  • On-the-job training
  • Weekday / weekend, 4 hours / time
  • Ushers, crowd control, translation, doing simple tests e.g. Body Mass Index

Profile of Volunteer

  • Passionate to empower the elderly to live healthy and active lives
  • Adequate communication and social skills with the elderly (able to communicate in Mandarin/ dialect little Malay or English at least)
  • Able to troubleshoot when unforeseen circumstances arises
  • Physically fit and healthy
  • Pleasant and confident
  • No gender preference

Period of Commitment

Minimum commitment of 6 months

Night Sitters Programme

History

Initiated by Nursing Service and the Corporate Communications Departments to watch over patients who are at risk of falling especially in the night.

Objectives

To keep watch over fall-risk patients and to prevent them from engaging in unsafe activities.

Leader

  • Sister Ho Sook Han (TTSH Ward 5A Nurse Manager) Ext: 1560
  • Sister Alwiyah Bte Rahmat (TTSH Ward 7D Nurse Manager) Ext: 1742
  • Sister Hasfizah Hanef (TTSH Ward 10A Nurse Manager) Ext: 1040

Activities

  • To watch over fall-risk patients
  • To prevent patients from engaging in unsupervised activities that is potentially a fall-risk
  • To assist patients e.g. pouring a glass of water
  • To observe patients and record their behaviour
  • To feedback to nurses on patient behaviour
  • *Taxi and mileage claims (1-way Transport Claim Only: either from home to hospital OR from home to hospital after midnight)

Timings

9PM–12AM or 4–7AM

Period of Commitment

6 months - 1 year

Patient Support Groups

Breast Cancer Support Group

History

Formed in 2001 under the auspices of the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Objectives

To provide an understanding and caring environment for people who have been affected by breast cancer to explore their emotions, ask questions and share experiences, information and strategies they find useful in learning to cope with the disease.

Leader

Ms Theresa Lee (Breast Care Nurse Clinician, TTSH)

Activities

Weekly visits by volunteers (who are breast cancer survivors) to wards with new or post-operative patients:

  • Provide emotional support to new patients scheduled for procedures
  • Share experience, treatment problems and advice, resources, etc

Timings

Every Tuesday 10:45AM-1PM at TTSH Clinic 2A

Cardiac Rehabilitation Support Group

History

Initiated in 2002 by former patients under TTSH's Outpatient & Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme in collaboration with doctors and nurses of TTSH's Cardiology Dept (volunteers have either gone through a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft or Percutaneous Coronary Intervention – 'balloon' or stent)

Objectives

To educate and provide emotional, psycho-social support to new cardiac patients with the aim to effect positive attitude changes towards taking control of patients' own health

Leader

Mr Michael Poh / Ms Helen Yuen

Activities

Weekly visits by volunteers (ex-cardiac patients) to the wards to befriend new patients. One-on-one sessions can be arranged upon request.

  • Provide emotional support to cardiac patients scheduled for procedures
  • Counsel patients (facilitated by a Cardiac Nurse) – assure and encourage them
  • Share experiences, tips and information on rehabilitation resources beyond TTSH (e.g. Local Exercise Group Program - LEG)

Timings

LEG participants meet every Sunday 7.30AM - 9AM, to work out at locations like Hougang Stadium, Punggol Park, etc.

Colon Cancer Support Group

History

Founded in June 2003

Objectives

To care for and share with cancer patients information which they can use in their fight against the disease.

Leader

Ms Dincy Lim

Activities and Timings

  • Befriending and experience sharing through social gatherings
  • Face-to-Face Counselling: Mon (3-5PM) & Thu (10AM-12PM)
  • Telephone Counselling: Mon/ Tue/ Thu/ Fri (3-5PM)
  • Social Gathering: Every 1st Saturday of the month (2:30-6PM) at TTSH

Lupus Support Group

History

Formed in 2002 under the auspices of the Lupus Association of Singapore as part of a weekly Visitation Programme in TTSH

Objectives

  • To educate lupus patients about their illness through sharing of experience
  • To motivate and encourage patients to take on a positive attitude towards their illness
  • To provide a network of friendship and support to patients and their families

Leader

Ms Irene Lim

Activities

Weekly visits to Lupus patients by volunteers who are lupus patients themselves:

  • Public Education Programmes and events for lupus patients to network and share experiences
  • Counsel caregivers
  • Fundraising initiatives (e.g. handicraft work) to provide financial assistance to needy lupus patients and families through the TTSH Development Fund

Timings

Wednesday 12-2PM; Every last Friday of the month (7.00PM – 9.00PM)

Stroke Support Group

History

Initiated in Sep 2001 by the Singapore National Stroke Association in collaboration with the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) .

Objectives

  • To provide psycho-social support and counselling for stroke survivors and caregivers
  • To provide support and counselling services for post-stroke adjustment

Leader

Mr Eugene Escanan, President, Singapore National Stroke Association / Ann

Activities

Weekly visits by volunteers (several of whom are stroke survivors) to NNI Ward 10 or wards with new stroke patients:

  • Encourage and facilitate post-stroke adjustment
  • Share information and resources/services, as well as tips on prevention of second attack
  • Counsel patients through experience sharing and motivating them (home visitations upon request)

Timings

Friday 3-5PM

Volunteer Patient Programme (VPp)

History

A new programme set up in 2009 by TTSH Rehab Centre

Objectives

  • Re-educating patients on skills taught during the inpatient rehabilitation program
  • Providing feedback to our Rehabilitation Centre's medical social workers (MSW) on patients' struggling or not coping with self care

Leader

Ms Aisya SM Bahrin/ Mr James Seet

Activities

  • Befriend patients (especially those living alone or with limited social support)
  • Engage patients in social activities in the ward
  • Assist in reading letters, ordering and/or purchasing basic necessities of patients and if required, escort patients for their medical appointments
  • Monitoring of patients' health status due to non-compliance to medical instructions

Location

TTSH Rehab Centre @ Ang Mo Kio

Timings

Mondays to Fridays: 8:30AM-5:30PM
Saturdays: 8:30AM-12PM

Prostate Cancer Support Group

History

TTSH Prostate Cancer Support Group was formed in Aug 2011 to provide support, resources and education for prostate cancer survivors, their family and friends. The Group is made up of volunteer prostate cancer survivors and their family members. Together with doctors, nurses and allied health professionals from TTSH Department of Urology, we meet every month to socialize, connect with friends and help prostate cancer patients cope better with their diagnosis and treatment.

Objectives

  • Provide support, resources and information on prostate cancer
  • Encourage, befriend and share experiences in cancer survivors

Leader

Ms Yu Yong, Coordinator, Urology Department, TTSH Yu_Yong@ttsh.com.sg / 63573197

Activities

  • Monthly social and educational meeting in TTSH
  • Befriender services to new prostate cancer patients
  • Special interest groups (eg. Photography)

Location

TTSH

Timings

Once a month.

Patient Care Centre

History

Set up in Feb 1996 by TTSH Communicable Disease Centre (CDC) as a community-based service for HIV/AIDS patients and their families

Objectives

  • To be a safe haven where HIV/AIDS patients and their families can come to terms with their condition and acquire assistance, support and non- judgmental acceptance
  • To act as a bridge to help HIV/AIDS patients face and resolve the problems they encounter in the community and to provide services the community does not

Leader

Ms Gina Quek, Executive (HIV Patient Care Centre, CDC)

Activities

A variety of services and comprehensive programmes/ activities with the help of dedicated volunteers and sponsors, including:

  • Education Programme to inform and update
  • Nutrition & Exercise Programme
  • Food Bank
  • Transportation
  • Women's Support Group
  • Sponsor Workers Scheme
  • Recreational activities
  • Home Care Programme
  • Befriending, Fundraising Events, Subsidies for tests and medication, etc