Reach Out

Seniors give back

Jan 2016    

‘Happy Hour’ at Bethany Methodist Nursing Home came from the belief that seniors can be empowered to age gracefully and continue to give to others.

When our Charis Activity Centre for Elders (Charis ACE) seniors started ukulele lessons at the centre last year, they did not imagine that one year later, they would be using these ukulele skills that they picked up to reach out to other seniors. Mr Teo Khoon Seng, Centre Manager of Charis ACE run by Methodist Welfare Services (MWS), remarked: “We want to provide an opportunity for seniors to help seniors.”

“Volunteers are welcome to come and help us with the running of activities. You could be teaching singing, or conducting IT courses, or simply befriending people. Volunteers can become members and vice versa,” he said. Indeed, in November 2015, 55 seniors from Charis ACE spent a day providing entertainment for and interacting with the frail residents at Bethany Methodist Nursing Home (BMNH).

Khoon Seng said: “Every Friday, seniors at Charis ACE look forward to ‘Happy Hour’, an hour of fun activities. We want to share this happiness with the residents at BMNH, and spread cheer to the residents.”

Decked out in cheery orange outfits, the Charis ACE seniors performed nostalgic songs while residents in wheelchairs clapped and sang along. For the bed-bound residents, the Ukelele team divided themselves into two groups, to bring musical cheer into the male and female wards respectively, while other residents continued to enjoy a magic show.

‘Happy Hour’ at Bethany Methodist Nursing Home came from the belief that seniors can be empowered to age gracefully and continue to give to others. Said Khoon Seng: “We have always wanted our seniors to be engaged in the community, to assure them that in their silver years, they still have an important role to play in society. This reinforces their sense of purpose.”

Charis ACE, which started operations in 2014, is a one-stop centre in Geylang East that serves seniors who are at risk of social isolation.

Seniors from Charis ACE bringing cheer to residents at Bethany Methodist Nursing Home with their newly-acquired ukulele skills.
You too can bring cheer to others in need!

 

FIND OUT more about volunteering opportunities – log on to www.mws.sg or email volunteer@mws.sg

Photos courtesy of Methodist Welfare Services

Amanda Lee is an Executive (Communications & Fund Raising) at Methodist Welfare Services.

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