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A Joyful March into April

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Shout out to all Support Our Pioneer (SOP) volunteers who faithfully make time for the elderly over the weekends despite busy schedules. For the past two months, visitations were joined by Heartware Network’s latest batch of Brunei interns, Halif and Nathan, who were assigned to reach out to the needy elderly living in Hougang and Lengkok Bahru estates respectively.

Not only did the March visitations kick off promisingly with volunteers donning the newly-designed SOP shirts, but it also marked new SOP journeys at two new locations: Lengkok Bahru and Taman Jurong.

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Special task force for Hougang  from L to R: Geraldine, Shirley, Alisa from St Luke’s Eldercare, Halif, and Noor.

Most of our Brunei interns have had few volunteering experiences, if at all, before starting their internship with Heartware Network. Volunteer visitations with the elderly were therefore new grounds for them to tread into, as expressed by Halif, “I had little expectations for what was about to happen when I was first attached to SOP. I thought that we will mainly only engage in chit-chat with the elderly and then wrap up for the day. But after having sat with the elderly and listening to their stories, I felt that I could better understand their plights and perspectives. I began putting myself in their shoes as I gradually got to know their past experiences and current medical conditions.”

In Hougang, the volunteers befriended a new elderly, Mr Freddy. Mr Freddy has led such a colourful and active life, having served in the military for 20 years while stationed in different countries. Back then, he used to spend his time reading health magazines and visiting the church whenever he can. Now he finds difficulty in walking and standing for long periods of time due to a swollen vein on one of his legs.

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Mr Freddy generously shared about his medical conditions with the volunteers on their first visit.

This change of pace was distressing to him, both physically and emotionally. It hit him hardest when he had to let go of activities that he loved most, mainly those involving intense physical action like boxing and running. Imagine this: he had once represented the army rugby team and the Singapore Recreational Club! He was always used to being restless. His wife even had raised concerns on his insistence to walk to the hospital rather than take the bus. Now he channels his pent-up energy to walking around the flats near his home as part of his exercise routine.  It was encouraging that Mr Freddy did not let his condition deter him from also making frequent trips to the library when he can.

Over at Sengkang, new friendship was brewing between volunteers and the Fong family. Mr Fong, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, was in low spirits over the past few weeks due to his medical condition. Volunteer Geraldine cheered on Mr Fong by encouraging him to spend more time on his hobbies, one of which was playing games such as Sudoku and Rummy-O. So Mrs Fong whipped out a deck of Rummy-O for everyone to play together, but it was a game our volunteers were unfamiliar with. A pleasant surprise it was, however, when Mrs Fong’s elderly mother triumphed the volunteers in the first round! She clearly possesses a sharp mind despite of her wise age.

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A friendly game of Rummy-O with the Fong family.

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 Did we mention that Mrs Fong’s elderly mother is 89 years old?

Finally, at Lengkok Bahru, volunteers were tasked to create awareness for the activities organised by the Senior Activity Centre (SAC) located just beside their block. Besides informing the elderly residents of the activities lined up, they also had to find the reasons why some elderly are less participative. Majority of the responses revealed that these elderly are holding on to part-time jobs, and may not have sufficient time to join such activities. Other responses include being occupied with housework, or were just uninterested. Volunteers were then faced with the challenge of trying to encourage the elderly to register at the SAC as a member.

Knocking on strangers’ doors, our volunteers faced with a lot of rejection. Nonetheless, they managed to receive a handful of elderly willing to participate through sheer enthusiasm and determination. The rejection they faced did not discourage the volunteers from completing the lists of households they were assigned to engage.

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An elderly attending to volunteers Yong Bin and Annette by the gate.

We hope the volunteers continue to appreciate the elderly better after each visitation. Slowly but surely, we are reaching to bridge inter-generational gaps, which remains the core mission of SOP. Look forward to our next update on the Lengkok Bahru visit, where art & craft activities with the elderly will begin at the SAC!

First Impressions: A Tutor’s Perspective

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With the help of a great network of passionate volunteer tutors, Heartware Network’s Tuition Programme has expanded to 24 schools and 1 organisation from a humble pool of 7 schools in 2009. Such a promising expansion of the programme is telling of the needs of many underprivileged children out there, and can only be matched and addressed by having more youth who are passionate in the cause. 

Yet, it is not the numbers that move us to strive higher and dream bigger. It is the stories of transformations and precious relationships forged that become the important memories gleamed from this tutoring experience. Here is an inside look at some first impressions tutors had that will surely tug your heartstrings:

*Faces of tutees have been blurred out to protect the identity of these students*

Darie Chan, 17; Eunoia Junior College

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“I knew that by signing up for the Tuition Programme, I would be tutoring underprivileged kids with perhaps challenging backgrounds. I was expecting more pressure and stress; no doubt, I was a little nervous.

I first met and taught my tutee in the school’s library. The experience thus far has been extremely exciting, and my tutee is very friendly and enthusiastic. Despite knowing that my tutee lacks home support, he is a normal child whom I find enjoyable to teach. His weakness in fundamental math taught me patience. I also begun to learn how to relate to people of different ages, and communicate my ideas effectively to a person much younger than me.

In the school I’m attached to, there is a wide range of students with different abilities – from learning issues to slight behavioural difficulties. The truth is that despite these labels, they are your typical children who love interaction. They are very energetic and playful, but are nevertheless disciplined in finishing their work. They are adorable.”

Chew Zi Ying, 17; Dunman High School

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“When this programme was introduced, to be very honest, I had my reservations about joining. I enjoyed teaching, but I was horrible connecting with people, and I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do a good job as a result. Even so, I found that this was a cause that I really wanted to push for, so I ended up joining.  

I had initially expected the students to be really naughty and rowdy, as the sharing from the experienced tutors had really shaped my expectations. The thought that I may not be able to control my tutee frightened me.

So when we had a little sharing session on the first day about school and hobbies, I was pleasantly surprised that the students were more than willing to join in this interaction. It really eased me into my role as a tutor. It has only been a couple of sessions so far, but I was able to learn more about the students and their idiosyncrasies, and I felt that this year’s journey is going to be even more meaningful.”

Joel Chan, 18; National Junior College

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“I initially thought that the tuition programme was going to be one more tiring commitment in my life and that I would need to do more work. I also expected the children to be reserved and shy.

However, when the sessions kicked off I found out that it is actually not as intense as I predicted it to be, and the children are very friendly and outgoing. Also, I found out that all the other tutors I’m attached with are from Raffles Institution; my first immediate impression was that they must be very smart!  But, we all share a great sense of humour, and I feel that we can get along well. All these put my heart to ease, and the tuition sessions became more delightful than expected.

I could tell immediately that my tutee was a fairly outgoing person when I first saw him. After talking to him, I found out that he has his own goals and targets that he hopes to achieve, which is exceedingly mature for a Primary 6 student. He is intelligent, but he gives up on the questions too easily without putting in much effort. I hope that with time we can change this attitude together so that he can be more confident.”

Tanya Tan, 17; Raffles Institution (Junior College)

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“The vision and mission of the programme impressed on me that this tutoring experience would be a very educational and fruitful, and it will allow me to work with children and make a real impact on their lives. I honestly expected that it would be a difficult task with many challenges along the way. Well, I was half right, and half wrong.

Indeed, my tutee was very difficult at first as she had a difficult attitude that reminded me of myself back when I was in primary school. In a way, I could very much relate to her views and how she behaves. This taught me to be very patient, and to try being empathetic  and visualise how it is like from her point of view. My tutee is a very good child, but with a skewed outlook and perspective of life, and I hope to be able to guide her to what is right.”

Voices of Heartware Network: Coming Out of My Shell

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If you knew me from back in the early 2010s, you may recognise me as a fairly quiet person, who found it difficult to interact with strangers. Maybe even up till now, that part of me still exists as I will take time to adapt, recalibrate, and get used to my social surroundings. I like to think that the person I am now is a better version of who I was before – more open and tactful, and more confident in dealing with various situations. My years devoted to volunteerism amongst other life commitments is a story of me coming out of my shell.

My volunteering journey with Heartware Network first began in 2013 when I volunteered for the National Day Parade (NDP) Hospitality Management. It was not the first time I was involved in a large-scale project (I was in Chingay that year too), but you can imagine that my introversion was an obstacle to overcome. Lucky for me, Heartware Network puts a premium on providing a lot of training to the volunteers, and investing in skills enhancement – something that has not changed with the years. These training sessions were proper ground for me to learn to bond with my group members.

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 NDP 2013: With my fellow volunteers from the Blue Sector!

For the novice volunteer that I was back then, I was utterly thankful for the Service Learning component that taught me what was expected of a volunteer. In the training sessions, volunteers would prep themselves with creative ways to handle various hypothetical situations that may possibly arise in the actual event. This boosted confidence for what was to come. Alas, when I finally deployed to the Blue Sector on the parade days, reality was far from expectation! It struck me that what you learn may not cover entirely what you will eventually experience, and this slap back to reality required me to think quickly on my feet. It is true when they say that preparation is important, but it is only half the battle won. Experience is the best teacher.

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NDP 2014: Participating in a story-piecing game during a volunteers’ training session. 

My experience in NDP 2013 was an eye-opener, but it was not enough for me. So I signed up once more in 2014 for the same role, and I became familiar with the routine of a general volunteer.  I took a leap of faith in 2015 and enrolled for the Youth Planning Committee (YPC) as an admin member. Truthfully, I welcomed this change with trepidation because the jump in leadership role was vast. I lacked the morale but my brother convinced me to follow through with the commitment, promising me that there was so much to learn by taking on the YPC role.

The first challenge I faced in this new role was to conduct a mass admin briefing to over 500 volunteers! This was absolutely new to me; it was gut-wrenching.  With the guidance of my fellow admin members and the dedicated Heartware Network staff, I overcame my nervousness, and was calm enough to conduct the briefing. It might not have been the best briefing experience, but suffice to say that I had tried.

More than just being an admin YPC member, I was also a “runner” for Mr Raymond, the founder of Heartware Network. Being a runner to Mr Raymond means that I have to attend to all his queries amongst the presence of other professionals. It offered a whole new perspective, as I got to see things from his point of view. I learnt the proper way of directing spectators to different locations, and to facilitate a smoother movement of spectators. Although it was tiring, the experience was also enjoyable and enriching for my self-development.

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NDP 2016: Gathering for a YPC briefing during the volunteers’ training.

Once you pick up momentum for a commitment, you find that you can do it again and again. I came back in NDP 2016 as an admin YPC member again, but the experience was different as most of my fellow admin members were new to the YPC format. I was now a mentor to my peers, imparting what knowledge I have gained from NDP 2015. Mentoring people was never my forte as I used to have problems in communicating my thoughts and ideas. Out of the different methods I have dabbled with, the best way for me to mentor a group of people is by using visual cues. It would be easier for people to understand and see what I am describing this way. As part of my own learning, I also found easier methods to generate data and passed these methods onto my teammates to benefit them as well.

With the many skills I have reaped through the years in NDP Hospitality Management, I have become a more confident person. From starting off as an inexperienced General Volunteer, I later gained valuable experience and leadership skills through being part of the YPC. All these, I will bring with me as I now lead a new set of YPC members as the admin in-charge for the upcoming Home Team Show in May. I know now that I can do my job well with greater confidence. Together we will strive to improve ourselves as a team, and for the better.

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 Home Team Show 2017: A shot with this new family from one of our volunteers’ training session.

Written by Lim Jun Jie, 19

Student of Singapore Polytechnic

Volunteer with Heartware Network since 2013

SIM-UOL Transformers: Fundraising to Transform Lives

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In the second half of 2016, Singapore Institute of Management-University of London (SIM-UOL) Student Representative Council (SRC) Transformers collaborated with Heartware Network for a Rag and Bone event that would raise funds for house refurbishment. These efforts are directed towards assisting underprivileged beneficiaries under the care of Heartware Network.

The fundraising event was held in Redhill and Tiong Bahru on 5 November 2016, with the help from SIM’s student population and the public. Unwanted household items and newspapers were collected from the residents in these areas, and sold to waste recycling merchants. It was a resounding success, as SIM-UOL managed to clear all the clusters they targeted, totaling to an estimate of 32,000 units!

The extensive time, energy, and dedication poured into the planning and execution of the events was an eye-opener for most of the SIM-UOL volunteers, some of whom were volunteering for the first time. Student volunteer Lesley Ong quipped that “there was plenty of preparation work leading up to the event. We had to plan out which areas to best tackle, how to best split the manpower, and most importantly, familiarising the layout of our individual clusters.”

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With the funds raised, the Transformers partnered Life Community Services Society to plan a children’s day outing, as well as worked on home refurbishments for several elderly under Heartware Network’s Support Our Pioneers programme.

Project Phoenix 2016 focused on the latter mission on home refurbishments. Looking into the Yishun and Mountbatten estates, a total of 8 houses were given a new lease of life on 17 December 2016. Furniture and logistics were bought with the donations raised from the Rag and Bone 2016 event, and also donations from SIM. Other participating sponsors include Nippon Paint, Amore Fitness and Singapore Women’s Muslim Association (PPIS) amongst others.

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Student volunteer Alvin Ang was ecstatic to be part of Project Phoenix 2016, and offered that it “gave [him] not only a sense of accomplishment after a job well done, but also a sense of satisfaction knowing that [he has] made someone’s day brighter.” The Rag and Bone 2016 fundraiser and its subsequent events thus served as a wonderful opportunity for student volunteers to step out of their comfort zones, realise their leadership abilities and harness their potential. We are sure our elderly are also thankful for their help, and are enjoying the new face-lift their houses received!

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All image credits are to SIM-UOL Transformers 2016

5 Awesome Ways To Handle Your Stress

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In our daily pursuit to achieve goals and deadlines, we are inevitably subjected to stress. It is a dreadful experience, and its ubiquity ensures that it keeps coming back like a boomerang. What we don’t emphasise enough, is that stress CAN be managed.

All of us have different thresholds for pressure. Some get affected in woeful measures – the mind becomes inundated with negative thoughts, blood pressure spikes, and crankiness wins the better part of the day. Others thankfully can handle stress with greater finesse. It only takes practicing a few good habits consciously and intentionally.

Ask yourself these questions:

Do you rest enough?

So you are working on a 3000-word essay due in two days, and have been at it for 16 hours straight. You are trying to find a better way to write your ideas down but you are hitting a mental block. What do you do? STOP.

Ever heard of the phrase ‘sleep on it?’ Sleeping actually helps to improve your performance! When you sleep, your brain prunes unnecessary mental links that tangle your mind (say goodbye to mental blocks!). Memory improves as the brain assimilates important information to long-term memory. Your body restores hormonal balance. You wake up feeling more energized. Remember: Sleep is not for the weak.

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Even if you don’t want to or just can’t doze off, a good 10 to 15 minutes break away from work can also do wonders. Take a walk, visit the washroom, listen to your favourite music, or watch cute cat videos. After that, you will be back on track more efficiently than you would have been.

Do you exercise enough?

If you are recoiling at the mention of ‘exercise’, you might want to know that it is more than just a few movements that make you sweat. During exercise, endorphins – also known as happy hormones – are released. This means exercising can make you happy and relaxed! Get that heart pumping hard so that more blood flows to your brain and to your extremities, thereby translating into more energy. This means greater mental and physical resolve to take on pressure, and more motivation to do work!

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Do you have bad thinking habits?

Stress also has a lot to do with perspectives. When things do not go as planned, negative thoughts come to mind. You often think, “Why do bad things happen to me?” but rarely ever question why good things happen too. Learn to catch yourself when a toxic thought seeps into your mind. This can be in the form of thinking that nothing is going to work out, or that the blame is all on you when something distressing happens. If this is you, then it’s best to give yourself a time-out.

Better still, challenge yourself to see these unfavourable situations in a positive light, because there is always something to gain.

Do you spend time wisely?

Always ask yourself: What must I do right now? To avoid stress, time management is everything. Start kicking that procrastination habit by first being aware of which parts of the day you feel most energized. Then try planning your morning and afternoon tasks accordingly. Having an organizer also helps you remember and plan your daily/weekly routines better, hence saving you from the stress from forgetting datelines and meetings.

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Also don’t forget to find quality time for family, friends, and loved ones! They make up our support system, and their presence become our safe spaces. Nurture these relationships well because the love and comfort shared can make you more resilient to pressure and pain.

Volunteer.

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Were you surprised to see this on the list? Volunteering rarely comes to mind when talking about relieving stress because we are already so pressed for time. But when you are ready to take on point #4, you are ready to volunteer. Volunteering is about giving your time, love, and energy to a cause sincerely and wholeheartedly. There are many causes where attention is needed, like helping the needy and those with disabilities, animal rights,  environmental conservation, just to name a few. What are you passionate about that can make a difference in the community? You may never know what is in store for you until you have volunteered. And yes, stress-relieving counts for it too!

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Written by Muqri Mazalan

Former Brunei intern for Heartware Network

What a Heartware Network internship revealed to me

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It’s just like me to hold a child-like curiosity for things that happen behind the scenes in events and programmes. It comes as no surprise then, that I sought an internship at an organisation whose mission reflects my own values.

I was a Tuition Programme (TP) volunteer for 2 years while still in school, and I remember that it was during my first interview with the staff that I was already struck by the open, frivolous, and driven atmosphere the office promotes. I felt that if I joined as an intern, I could continue doing what I love: being the trainer/tutor that I am. In no time, I found myself knee-deep into the work life of Heartware Network.

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My fellow volunteer tutors and I, as we started our tutoring journey together.

My time as a former Scout student leader in school saw me through many service and CCA projects, but those experiences are nothing like managing and planning the Tuition Programme professionally (as well as butting in other projects as well)!  It was eye-opening to be recruiting volunteers and selling them projects that once were promoted to me when I was a JC1 student. If I were to summarise my internship days in three words, they are:

‘Hectic!’

Deadlines, expectations, and stakeholders. These terms are no strangers, but my insides still churn with stress at the sound of it. The first TP17 training was also the first training I conducted as a volunteer alumni and a facilitator… and the back-end administrative work is insane! I am relieved that I could be of good help to the staff in-charge, Denise, as much as I could as the youngest and most inexperienced member in this charity organisation.

Back-to-back interviews, meetings, and sober-faced colleagues with computer screens that lit brighter than their own faces – that is the picture-perfect first impression of this office as an intern. I was mentally prepared to delve into the deep end of the trenches of stress. But I realised that stress was not everything. There was so much more for me to learn about this cozy office and my colleagues…

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First learning the ropes of project management, guided by TP staff in-charge Denise.

‘Driven!’

Heartware Network takes pride in their mission to develop youth into community champions. Every person that comes through the office doors stand to gain a transformative experience, so the work of the staff is not taken lightly. Executive Director Ms Tan See Leng always reminded me the importance of putting 100% in every stage of project management. Even as I was co-planning the training session, we made sure to cascade the best of our expertise to the volunteers for their own benefit.

My earlier impression of this office, as I soon realised, stemmed from this drive and passion to make sure that the stakeholders are able to get the best from our programmes, start to finish.

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            Quite anxious facilitating the first time, but it got better with practice!

It is worth mentioning that the fervor shown in pursuing the various projects in Heartware Network, from the supposed as-young-as-me Samuel to the ever-experienced Ms See Leng and founder Mr. Raymond, was heart-warming to say the least. It humbled me to see how their passion drove the various projects, and consequently the organisation, to greater heights.

‘Fun!’

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Celebrating Chinese New Year together, pigging out on steamboat and louhei.

If pictures really speak a thousand words, the above photo would do justice to show how much fun I had as an intern here. It is rather apt for me to highlight Mr. Raymond’s mantra of removing politics in the office space as it is “wasting resources.” My mum already was pep-talking to me about the kind of politics I will face in the office, but those notions were thrown away from my first lunch with them. Every staff is fun in his/her own way. The smiles in the office when they see a new intern made me realise that I am in for a fun ride.

And that I had.

Voices of Heartware Network: To Give and Grow

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Hi! My name is Ming Sheng, and I’m 17 this year. I have been volunteering for about 4 years now from my secondary school days. I started out as part of the volunteer team under the Chinese Development Assistance Council’s (CDAC) Project Excellence, where I assisted teachers tutoring primary and secondary school students. On top of that, I was active in a Charity Bazaar when I was in Secondary 2, and later on in Service Learning in my last two years before graduation. These projects instilled upon me an ever-growing interest in the volunteering scene, and this has led me to seeking more profound activities under Heartware Network. 

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Representing my group as a volunteer group leader at a Primary School June Camp in 2015. 

On Volunteerism

I feel that growth happens when I set my sights higher, and take up bigger challenges that will put my leadership and planning skills to the test. With this in mind, I decided to take on the Youth Planning Committee (YPC©) role for the Home Team Parade and Festival 2017. Heartware Network is a unique organisation that emphasises long-term volunteering commitments so as to chart development of both volunteers and beneficiaries. So, I see that this experience will definitely be a great one for me!

Volunteering is definitely important, not just to me but to all youth out there. It is a platform that allows students and young adults to contribute and be further exposed to realities of the society. This thought has not changed as I now embark on my YPC© journey. It is unfortunate that students have been placing too much stress on studies and school, and teachers may not really advocate strongly for volunteerism.

By volunteering, one can expect to gain many relevant life-skills. My time under Home Team’s YPC© can help me enhance my competence in writing email proposals, interviewing other youth, and planning training programmes, just to name a few. These skills are beneficial, especially as I prepare myself for the working world.

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Listening intently for games instructions before a game begins in our YPC training.

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I’m at the beginning of my Heartware journey, but already my impression of the organisation is pleasant and positive. The staff, atmosphere, and culture is friendly and helpful. I was stressed during my interview for the YPC role, but the staff exude warmth and they take care of our welfare well (the food they bought for us were really nice)!

My most impressionable moment thus far would be the YPC© training sessions that took place over two Saturdays. It was a good time for me to interact with my fellow volunteers, and then finding out that I am one of the youngest in the room. The training sessions were paced with interactive games, sharing segments by the Heartware Network founder and staff, and life-skills enhancement. Scenario-based learning was an especially crucial component that prepped us for possible situations in the near future. Overall, the training sessions were very well-rounded, and it was a great learning experience.

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YPC© members looking on with anticipation during the game “electric current”.

My first mission as an official volunteer was to be involved in a recruitment drive at Anglo-Chinese Junior College. It was my first time doing an outreach, so it was really helpful that the staff provided my fellow YPC© member Jun Ming and I some tips on how to run a recruitment drive. Through those tips, I can further improve my performance in future recruitment drives.

Our very first YPC© meeting with other members was also successful as we were on task, and did not go off track despite starting our meeting a few minutes late. This is very important for me, because whenever I have meetings with my secondary school alumni group, we tend to digress easily and overrun our meeting duration. Time management is key!

Recruitment DriveFirst recruitment drive with fellow YPC© member Jun Ming.

On What Comes Next

As much as I’m excited for what is to come, I forsee challenges ahead. The biggest at this moment is recruiting volunteers for the Home Team event happening in May. We are on a tight schedule – an obstacle impeded by the fact that most of us volunteers are still studying and juggling with school load.

Furthermore, youth out there may be less aware of Home Team Singapore, as compared to the popular, eye-catching National Day Parades. Home Team is a collection of 10 national agencies that include the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Prison Service (SPS), all focused on safekeeping the nation’s security. Delivering this knowledge and infusing the interest to participate will be a test for us YPC© members who wish to pull in passionate volunteers to help run the event smoothly.

However, I believe that we are a strong YPC© that will help one other and overcome this challenge together as one family. We can do this by having more recruitment drives, and promoting more promptly and widely to all about this special occasion, and hope that they can join us too!

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My goal for this volunteering experience is to close the Home Team Parade and Festival 2017 smoothly with few hiccups, together with my fellow YPC© members, leaders, and volunteers. My past volunteering experience in big events was fun, but they did little in exposing me to what is true volunteerism and ownership. The back-end planning I am currently working on as part of the YPC© opened my eyes to the difficulties of planning a huge event, and there are a lot of anomalies we need to consider so as to run the event successfully. Now I have so much respect and appreciation for all event planners!

A Shout Out

To all potential Leaders and General Volunteers out there, volunteerism can be fun and enriching at the same time. If you are passionate and have time to spare despite your busy schedules, why not do something meaningful by embarking on this fulfilling volunteering journey with us? My hope is that we will volunteer not to gain VIA hours or because it looks grand on our resume. Rather, we should give away our time and energy because we have that passion and courage to step up and advance an important cause, and we want to serve and create a better community for all.

Just remember: if it is not doing from the heart, it is not worth doing.

 

Written by Tay Ming Sheng, 17

Awaiting polytechnic admission

Home Team Festival and Parade 2017 YPC© Member

Start-Up Kit for New Volunteers

Start-Up Kit for New Volunteers

If you are on the edge on deciding whether you should embark on any volunteering opportunity at all, you must be wondering if you are truly to take on the challenge. The big question now is ‘What do you NEED to start volunteering?

Do you need to have enough money to fund a charity? Do you need ample knowledge of the volunteering field? Lucky for you, you don’t need all that. But you do need to be prepared for what’s to come, and to give it your all.

Heartware Network’s volunteer and former intern Syafiq Sahrom knows your plight only too well, so he has put together a Start-Up Kit for New Volunteers. If you are still feeling hesitance in you heart, then let this be a wonderful guide to help you make up your mind!