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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

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
 

Joy Outreach

Background

Joy Outreach was formed in 1989 by Ms Jessie Ang out of love and compassion for our patients and healthcare providers.

Objectives

To bring joy to patients, especially during festive seasons. Encourage the spirit of volunteerism among youths.

Leader

Ms Jessie Ang

Activities

  • Ward visits and befriending, especially during festive seasons.
  • Engaging patients in meaningful activities.
  • Creating a variety of handicrafts.

Timings/Location

Ad-hoc basis, at wards.

Requirements

16 and above

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)

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.




Patient Support Groups

For ex-patients who wish to make a difference.


Amputee Patient Support Group

Background

The Amputee Patient Support Group is a joint collaboration between TTSH Rehabilitation Centre and Thye Hua Kwan Hospital.

Objectives

Help amputee patients maintain a social support network which addresses their psycho-social needs and reduce social isolation. Provide inpatient amputees and amputees.

Coordinators

Mr Desmond Tong and Ms Davina Koh.

Activities

  • Monthly talks and group sharing sessions
  • Educational talks on jobs for individuals with disability; prosthetics functions, types, use and care
  • Outings

Timings/Location

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

Breast Cancer Patient Support Group

Background

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

Objectives

Provide an understanding and caring environment for people who have been affected by breast cancer. To help them explore their emotions, ask questions, share experiences, information and strategies they find useful in coping with the condition.

Coordinator

Volunteer Management Office

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)  

Nasopharyngeal Cancer (NPC) Patient Support Group

Background

Patients with NPC found it difficult to find information on the condition. Research and clinical studies were not commonly found, and patients had no opportunities to meet and hear from each other.

Hence, the group was set up and welcomed patients from NUH and TTSH, survivors of NPC and caregivers to share experiences and offer each other support.

Objectives

  • Provide a social support network to help patients, survivors, and their families better cope with their condition, treatment, side effects and lifestyle changes
  • Empower patients to take charge of their health by providing information resources

Leader

Mr Dave Cheow

Activities

  • Monthly talks, interaction and sharing sessions on healthcare tips for the process – treatment to post-recovery.
  • Group activities such as participating in sports events to promote interaction on meaningful and healthy platforms

Timings

Monthly talks held at TTSH and NUH.

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.

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