Reach Out

Giving Back to the Community

Nov 2019    
Florence (first from left) and another befriender in MWS Senior Activity Centre – Kebun Baru’s Community Befriending Programme chatting with a resident in the neighbourhood.

Outgoing and friendly, Florence is an active member of MWS Senior Activity Centre – Kebun Baru. She retired from her job eight years ago, but has since kept herself busy by volunteering, an activity that she finds meaningful and satisfying.

As a befriender in the Community Befriending Programme, she regularly visits two elderly women in the neighbourhood. One of them, a Malay lady in her eighties, invited her to celebrate Hari Raya with her extended family. At the celebration, her daughter expressed her heartfelt appreciation to Florence for visiting her mother and spending time with her.

Florence also teaches other seniors about cooking, and arts and craft. She noticed that cooking and baking are popular among members at the centre, and so she constantly learns new dishes to share with them. She focuses on recipes that are easy to prepare, such as egg tarts and cheesecake, as well as festive goodies like snowskin mooncake.

She also looks for new craft-making ideas to teach others. She is passionate about learning and strongly believes that ageing well involves learning new things to keep one’s mind sharp and active.


New initiative to promote volunteering among seniors

Befrienders like Florence will participate in a new time-banking initiative for volunteers at MWS Senior Activity Centre – Kebun Baru. They can convert the time spent volunteering into time credits, which can then be exchanged for services at the centre, such as use of the gym and participation in courses and outings. Time-banking for volunteers will be progressively rolled out to all MWS Senior Activity Centres.

The initiative is in line with the shift from mere service provider to an asset-based one at MWS Senior Activity Centres. With this approach, seniors are encouraged to be co-creators and contributors, instead of mere observers or recipients of services.

To find out more about how you or your church could be involved in volunteering activities at MWS centres, please visit or email To support our efforts to help the poor, lonely and in-need, please donate at

MWS Post-AGM 2019 Announcement: Board of Governance:

  • Mrs Fong Loo Fern – Chairperson
  • Mr Eugene Toh Ming Hong, PPA (G) – Vice Chairperson
  • Rev Dr Daniel Koh Kah Soon – Honorary Secretary
  • Mr Raymond Khoo Peng Ann – Assistant Honorary Secretary
  • Mr Robin Cheong Chak Khiong – Honorary Treasurer
  • Mr Terence Wee Jin Zoo – Assistant Honorary Treasurer
  • Mr Yow Chi Mun – Board Member
  • Mr Tan Chian Khong – Board Member
  • Dr Tan Hai Chuang – Board Member
  • Ms Joanne Low Eu Min – Board Member
  • Ms Chew Kim Ling – Board Member
  • Assoc Prof Sunil Kumar Sethi, PPA(G) – Co-opted Board Member
  • Mr Philip Oh – Co-opted Board Member
  • Rev David Gwee – Co-opted Board Member
  • Mr Wendell Wong Hin Pkin – Co-opted Board Member
  • Mr Lam Wei Choong – Co-opted Board Member
  • Mr Albert Lim Song Khiang, PBM – Co-opted Board Member, BOSC Chair (TRAC)
  • Mr Samuel Tay – Co-opted Board Member, BOSC Chair (CAC)
  • Mr Wilson Sampath – Co-opted Board Member, BOSC Chair (ETAC)
  • Dr Teo Li Bee – Co-opted Board Member, President, GCWSCS, MCS
  • Mr Darius Chua – The Methodist Church of Singapore
  • Mr Kim Seah Teck Kim – The Secretary of Trustees of MCS

By the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) Communications Team
Photo courtesy of Methodist Welfare Services


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