Becoming a Volunteer

 

Online Volunteer Application has ceased and will resume in 2019. Please check this space during the next application window. 

Volunteer Application Period Volunteer Selection Period Volunteer Induction Program (VIP)
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July August September

*VIP is a compulsory half day course for all volunteers. Successful applicants will be informed via email after application. Minimum commitment period of 1 year is required for all volunteers. 


Click here to view full list of Volunteer Groups/Patient Support Groups 

 
  • Volunteer Groups - Different ways to give your time.

    • Diversional Therapy Unit (DTU)

      Background

      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

      Visiting patients in the wards, befriending them, talking to them to cheer them up. Making handicraft items and selling them at bi-monthly bazaars at TTSH to raise funds for TTSH Community Fund.

      Leaders

      Chairman – Ms Rosalind Wong Vice-Chairman – Ms Mabel Wong

      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/Location

      Every Thursday, 9am – 12pm/DTU Office at TTSH

    • Guiders Programme

      Background

      Started in June 2002, the Guiders aim to help our patients and visitors find their way around the hospital, reducing their anxiety and improving their hospital experience. A majority of TTSH patients are elderly, and some may not be accompanied by caregivers. These patients may experience difficulty navigating the hospital or understanding the signage.

      Objectives

      To assist patients in way-finding in the hospital, enhancing their experience at the hospital.

      Coordinator

      Volunteer Management Office

      Activities

      To guide patients or visitors to commonly visited areas.

      Timings/Location

      Weekdays, any 2 hours between 9am to 6pm.

    • Happy to Help Programme

      Background

      Formed in May 2014, our Happy to Help Volunteers help cheer inpatients up by keeping them company, and taking them to various activities held within the hospital.

      These volunteers join us on an ad-hoc basis, and also help out at events and other activities.

      Objectives

      To assist hospital activites on an ad-hoc basis.

      Coordinator(s)

      TTSH Volunteer Management Office

      Activities

      Guide patients from the wards to activities/events within the hospital

      Timings/Location

      Ad-hoc, at wards and various parts of the hospital.

      Requirements

      16 or older

    • Patient Buddies

      Background

      Starting from August 2015, TTSH aims to help patients throughout their visit at the hospital, assisting them as they move from various clinics and services. Some elderly patients are too frail and have mobility difficulties, making it a challenge to keep to their appointments. This may even result in higher risk of readmission. This is where volunteers have stepped up to help bring these patients through their appointments and sessions, giving them the additional encouragement on their journey to recovery.

      Objectives

      The programme aims to provide elderly patients, especially those without caregiver support, the help they need when they come for their medical appointments.

      Supported by TTSH Department(s)

      • Care & Counselling Department (via Medical Social Workers)
      • Volunteer Management Office

      Activities

      • Escort elderly patients from and to their homes (H2C) or a location within the hospital (PB)
      • Accompany elderly patients to their medical appointments
      • Provide companionship and a listening ear to patients
      • Assist the patient with relevant services where necessary
      • Help translate medical/care instructions to patients who do not understand English (if needed)

      Timings/Location

      Clinics and/or patients’ homes. Ad-hoc basis. Volunteers will be notified of relevant cases. Held on weekdays between 8am – 6pm

      Requirements

      • Patient and enjoys interacting with elderly
      • Able to visit the elderly on a weekly or fortnightly basis
      • Able to converse in at least 1 local dialect – Mandarin, Malay or Tamil
      • At least age 18 and above
      • No special qualification required. Basic training will be provided
       
    • Hospital Elder Life Programme (HELP)

      Background

      The programme aims to prevent delirium (a confused state of mind for days or months) in older patients. Led by our geriatric-specialist nurses, volunteers are taught daily interventions and therapeutic activities to engage older patients.

      Objectives

      To engage patients in meaningful and effective activities to prevent delirium.

      Coordinator(s)

      Volunteer Management Office

      Activities

      Engaging elderly patients with interactive activities. Provide elderly patients with a listening ear.

      Timings/Location

      Any day of the week during patient visiting hours (10am to 12pm, 2pm to 5pm).

      Requirements

      • Compulsory training
      • 16 or older
       
    • Mandarin Speaking Befrienders

      Background

      Mandarin Speaking Befrienders was started in September 2003 by Mdm Wong Pey Wah, a healthcare worker with the desire to enhance patient care.

      Objectives

      The group aims to reach out to patients who can only converse in Mandarin. They also assist doctors & nurses in translating instructions to mandarin speaking patients who has difficulty understanding English.

      Leader

      Mdm Wong Pey Wah

      Activities

      • Provide companionship and a listening ear to mandarin speaking patients
      • Offer support to patient’s family / caregivers
      • Attend to patient’s needs (e.g. getting a glass of water, simple grooming)
      • Give feedback to nurses on patient behavior

      Location

      Selected wards in the hospital

      Timings

      Weekly ward visits
      Mondays: 11am – 1pm
      Tuesdays: 11am – 1pm & 1pm – 3pm
      Fridays: 11am – 1pm
      Sundays: 4pm – 6pm

    • Mobile Library

      Background

      The Mobile Library was started in 2002 as part of the United World College’s “Upper School Social Service” Programme, where all Grade 11 students committed to a weekly social service in the local community for a year.

      Objectives

      To provide students with an insight into the lives of patients and caregivers while giving them the chance to discover personal strengths and skills.

      Leader

      Ms Chan Meiling

      Activities

      Groups or individual volunteers operate a Mobile Library – A push-cart filled with a variety of magazines for distribution to patients, especially those who are restricted in movement and are looking to pass time.

      Timings/Location Group

      Group – Every first and third Sunday of each month, 2pm to 4pm.
      Individual – Tuesdays to Saturdays, any 2 consecutive hours between 9am to 6pm.

    • Night Sitters Programme

      Objectives

      To assist nurses in keeping watch over fall-risk patients at night to reduce falls in the wards and keep patients safe.

      Coordinator

      Volunteer Management Office

      Activities

      • Help watch over fall-risk patients, thereby preventing falls and help ensure patient’s safety
      • Help prevent patients from engaging in unsupervised activities that is potentially a fall risk
      • Keep patients company. Some patients get restless at night/experience difficulty falling asleep in a foreign place. Volunteers engage and talk to them
      • Help observe and record patient’s behaviour
      • Provide nurses with feedback on patient behaviour
      • Assist patients e.g. pouring a glass of water

      Timings/Location

      9pm to 12am or 4am to 7am
      Note: 1-way taxi or mileage re-imbursement provided.
      TTSH to home (9pm to 12am shift)
      Home to TTSH (4am to 7am shift)

    • Sakura Groomers

      Background

      Formed by a group of compassionate Japanese housewives in1993, the Sakura Groomers provide grooming services to patients undergoing rehabilitation therapy.

      Objectives

      Help lift the spirits of long-staying patients by keeping them well-groomed.

      Coordinator

      Ms Keiko Hayashi / Ms Amy Koh

      Activities

      General grooming services like haircuts, shaving, and nail-clipping.

      Timings/Location

      Every Tuesday at TTSH Rehabilitation Centre (Ang Mo Kio – Thye Hua Kuan)

    • Sports Integration Programme

      Background

      Initiated by Occupational Therapists at TTSH Rehab Centre in 2017, the Sports Integration Programme runs regular activities for inpatients at the Rehab Centre, keeping them active and energized.

      Objectives

      The programme aims to provide inpatients at TTSH Rehab Centre with the opportunity to be engaged in different sports, promoting a healthy and active lifestyle after sustaining a medical condition.

      Staff Coordinator

      Ms Nurul Jannah Kamaludin (Occupational Therapist)

      Activities

      • Bring patients on wheelchairs from wards to the gym
      • Assist the Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist with sports activities (such as Yoga, Table-Tennis, Functional Fitness, Swimming, etc)
      • Ensure the safety of patients during group sessions

      Timings/Location

      Every Saturday from 9am – 12pm (except on Public Holidays) at Gym in TTSH Rehabilitation Centre (Ang Mo Kio) and Ang Mo Kio Swimming Complex

      Requirements

      • Enjoys interacting with elderly
      • Ages 25 – 60. Tertiary students are most welcomed
      • Physically healthy & fit
      • No special qualification required. Training will be provided
       
    • Supported Conversation Group (for Patients with Speech Disabilities)

      Background

      Initiated by Occupational Therapists at TTSH Rehab Centre in 2017, the Sports Integration Programme runs regular activities for inpatients at the Rehab Centre, keeping them active and energized.

      Objectives

      The programme aims to provide inpatients at TTSH Rehab Centre with the opportunity to be engaged in different sports, promoting a healthy and active lifestyle after sustaining a medical condition.

      Staff Coordinator

      Ms Nurul Jannah Kamaludin (Occupational Therapist)

      Activities

      • Bring patients on wheelchairs from wards to the gym
      • Assist the Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist with sports activities (such as Yoga, Table-Tennis, Functional Fitness, Swimming, etc)
      • Ensure the safety of patients during group sessions

      Timings/Location

      Every Saturday from 9am – 12pm (except on Public Holidays) at Gym in TTSH Rehabilitation Centre (Ang Mo Kio) and Ang Mo Kio Swimming Complex

      Requirements

      • Enjoys interacting with elderly
      • Ages 25 – 60. Tertiary students are most welcomed
      • Physically healthy & fit
      • No special qualification required. Training will be provided
       
    • Survivor Camp Befrienders

      Background

      The Survivor Camp Befrienders was formed in 2007. Starting with some 10 members, a group of friends came together with the commitment to devote to devote some time for the sick in the evenings. Comprising of mostly youths, the group has grown in numbers over the years, and are still making visits to selected wards till today. The elderly enjoys seeing these young faces going in to spend time with them, and the group too are encouraged by the hope and ‘spirit’ that they bring to the wards.

      Objectives

      The group aims to bring the sense of hope to patients by visiting wards and engaging them with uplifting activities.

      Leaders

      Ms Jasmine NG - KOO and Mr David NG

      Activities

      • Visit patients in selected wards
      • Engage patients with activities (e.g. bringing them the joys of music)
      • Provide companionship and a listening ear to patients

      Timings/Location

      Every 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month from 7pm – 9pm at selected wards in the hospital.

      Requirments

      • Enjoys interacting with patients
      • Ever ready to bring joy and hope to the wards
      • Only for ages 15 to 65
      • Minimum 1 year commitment
       
    • Volunteer Patient Programme (VPP)

      Background

      A programme set up in 2009 by TTSH Community Fund.

      Objectives

      • Provide a refresher on skills taught during the inpatient rehabilitation programme.
      • Provide Rehabilitation Centre’s Medical Social Workers (MSW) with feedback when patients struggle or do not cope well with self-care.

      Leaders

      Ms Chan Shiqi

      Activities

      • Befriend patients (especially those living alone/with limited social support)
      • Organize/engage patients in activities in the ward (e.g. karaoke, reading newspapers, table tennis)
      • Assist in reading letters, ordering and/or purchasing basic necessities for patients, escort patients for medical appointments
      • Monitor patient’s health status, keeping a lookout for non-compliance to medical instructions

      Timings/Location

      Once a month on a Saturday, from 8:30am to 12:00nn.

    • Ward Befrienders

      Background

      Ward 75 – patients with tuberculosis (TB) 

      In recent years, we have seen a resurgence of TB in Singapore. TB is a curable condition which disproportionately affects the poor and marginalized. Most patients are treated as outpatients but some require inpatient monitoring and have to stay in hospital for prolonged periods. As a result, these patients experience isolation, loneliness and low morale.

      Ward 85 – Palliative Care Ward 

      It was projected that, in 2020, more than 10,000 patients would need palliative care each year. Palliative Care specializes in medical care for patients who are terminally ill, and the TTSH Palliative Medicine Department felt that it would be helpful if these patients receive morale support as well. The Ward Befrienders for Palliative Care was thus formed in August 2012.

      Objectives

      The group aims to provide support to patients by befriending them, and conducting interactive activities with them.

      Staff Coordinators

      Ward 75 – Ms Regina Mary
      Ward 83 – Ms Candice Tan

      Activities

      • Sharing of hobbies / interests (e.g. reading to patients)
      • Provide companionship and a listening ear
      • Offering support to patient’s family / caregivers
      • Playing games and other interactive activities with patients
      • Attending to patient’s needs (e.g. getting a glass of water, simple grooming)
      • Give feedback to nurses on patient behavior

      Timings/Location

      Weekdays from 2pm – 4pm

      Requirements 

      • Mature and strong in thinking
      • Able to commit to assigned patient
      • At least age 16 and above
       
     
  • Patient Support Groups - For ex-patients who wish to make a difference.

    • Amputee Support Group

       

      Background

      The Amputee Support Group is a joint collaboration between TTSH and Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital.

      Objectives

      To provide a platform for the amputees to share issues and challenges faced in life after amputation. To allow professionals to effectively share information for management of condition. To establish and maintain a social support network for the amputees; to address their psycho-social needs and minimize risk of social isolation

      Leader

      Ms Davina Koh (TTSH)
      Ms Mardiana Sabtu (AMK-THKH)
      Mr Poh Jianhe (AMK-THKH)

      Activities

      • Informative and educational talks
      • Sharing sessions on coping and psycho social issues
      • Community outings
      • Leisure exploration activities

      Timings

      Last Friday of the month (1000hrs – 1230hrs) @ Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital for in-house sessions

      Last Saturday of the month (1000hrs – 1300hrs) for community outings

    • Cardiac Rehabilitation Patient Support Group

       

      Background

      Initiated in 2002 by former patients under TTSH’s Outpatient & Cardiac Rehabiliation Programme in collaboration with doctors and nurses at TTSH’s Cardiology Department.

      Objectives

      To educate and provide emotional, psycho-social support to new cardiac patients with the aim to effect positive attitudinal changes towards taking control of patient’s own health.

      Leader

      Mr Michael Poh

      Activities

      • Weekly visits to wards to befriend new patients. One-to-one sessions are arranged upon request.
      • Provide emotional support for cardiac patients scheduled for procedures
      • Counsel patients (facilitated by a Cardiac Nurse) – assure and encourage them
      • Share experiences, tips and information on rehabilitation resources outside of the hospital (e.g. Local Exercise Group - LEG)

      Timings

      LEG participants meet every Sunday, 7.30am to 9am, at Hougang Stadium.

    • Colon Cancer Support Group

      Background

      Founded in June 2003

      Objectives

      To provide support for patients and their families through personal experiences.

      Leader

      Ms Dincy Lim

      Activities and Timings

      • Face-to-face counselling for patients: Monday 3pm to 5pm, and Thursday 10am to 12pm
      • Telephone counselling (Open to public): Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 3pm-5pm hotline manning
      • Gatherings: Every first Saturday every month
       
    • Lupus Support Group

      Background

      Formed in 2002 under the auspices of the Lupus Association of Singapore. Volunteers started by visiting patients at TTSH weekly.

      Objectives

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

      Leader

      Ms Irene Lim  

      Activities

      • Visiting lupus patients in the wards weekly
      • Educational programmes and events for lupus patients to network and share experiences
      • Counsel and train caregivers
      • Fundraising initiatives to provide financial assistance to needy lupus patients and families through TTSH Community Fund

      Timings

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

    • Patient Care Centre

      Background

      Started in February 1996 by TTSH Communicable Diseases Centre (CDC) as a community-based service for HIV/AIDS patients and their families.

      Objectives

      • To help HIV/AIDS patients face and resolve problems they encounter in the community and provide services the community does not offer
      • To offer a safe haven where HIV/AIDS patients and their families can acquire assistance and support in a non-judgemental environment

      Coordinator

      Ms Low Hwee Huang

      Activities

      A variety of services and comprehensive programmes/activities 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
      • Massage Therapy
       
    • Prostate Cancer Patient Support Group

      Background

      The Group was formed in August 2011 to provide support, resources and education for prostate cancer survivors, their family and friends. Healthcare providers from TTSH Department of Urology offered support to volunteers of the Group.

      Objectives

      • Provide support, resources and information for prostate cancer patients.
      • Encourage, befriend and share experiences.

      Leader

      Mr TJ Tan

      Activities

      • Monthly social and educational meeting in TTSH
      • Befriender services to new prostate cancer patients

      Timings

      Every second Monday of the month, from 2pm to 5pm.

    • Singapore National Stroke Association

      Background

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

      Objectives

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

      Leader

      Mr Eugene Jayme Escanan

      Activities

      • Weekly ward visits to TTSH Stroke Unit or wards with stroke patients
      • Encourage and facilitate post-stroke lifestyle adjustment
      • Share information and resources, especially tips on prevention of second episode
      • Share experiences and provide encouragement
      • Home visits (upon request)

      Timings

      Every second and forth Sundays 12pm to 2pm.