Volunteer with us

Being a non-profit organisation, ADA operates with limited resources. Many a times, the success of our events depends very much on your contributions!


Some important notes on voluntary work.

  • Our day care centres cannot accommodate more than 20 volunteers at one time due to size and care management constraints.

  • Due to administrative considerations, we need at least one month's notice of your intention to volunteer.

  • Volunteers who are interested in activities involving direct and prolonged contact with elderly clients will be required to attend a one hour orientation programme before they can start to contribute their time with us.

  • For other volunteering activities, attendance of the orientation programme can be fullfilled at a later time.

What can you help us with?
We have four dementia day care centres (named New Horizon Centres) located in Bukit Batok, Jurong Point, Tampines and Toa Payoh, and a Caregiver Support Centre in Bendemeer Road where you can volunteer in the following areas:

  • Dementia daycare programme

  • Support our staff to run our Extension Programme @ Bukit Batok, Tampines and Toa Payoh daycare centres on a Saturday (once a month, per centre)

  • Help in our Arts and Dementia programme consisting of museum tours, photography lessons, pottery classes and singing sessions for the elderly with dementia

  • Help us in our Family of Wisdom programme at Tiong Bahru, Bendemeer or Agape Village where we empower caregivers to help each other take care of their loved one with dementia in their caregiving journey

  • Act as a guardian to the elderly during outings

  • Help with events administration for our Public Education efforts

  • In-house support services (Caregiver Support Group sessions, Dementia Helpline)

  • Fundraising activities (regular or ad-hoc)

  • Help in website programming / graphic design

  • Ad-hoc photography/videography assignments

  • Other ad-hoc projects

For volunteer-related matters,  please email your request to our Volunteer Coordinator at .

Guidelines and Limitations

Knowledge of dialects such as Hokkien, Teochew or Cantonese is helpful but not essential. The most important attribute is you must be comfortable working with elderly persons who have dementia.

Due to the nature of dementia as a disease affecting the moods and behaviour of elderly persons, ADA has to conform to certain welfare and risk-management guidelines to protect the interests of all parties. As such, volunteers must meet the following criteria for certain types of volunteer work.

1. Must be above 17 years old if you wish to be involved in directly interacting with our elderly clients with dementia. This requirement does not apply to non-direct interaction where groups of youth simply want to perform and entertain our elderly clients.

2. All volunteers are required to attend a mandatory 1-hour volunteer orientation session conducted by ADA before you start volunteering. This session covers the Volunteer Code of Conduct and specific guidelines on volunteer safety and welfare. The orientation will be held on weekday evenings at our Bendemeer office, usually once every 1-2 months when we have reached a room size of at least 25.

3. For those aged between 13 and 16, you may want to consider indirect volunteering service involving no interaction with our clients. However, you still need to fill up the parental consent form and have it signed by your parents or guardian. For more information, please contact us via email at

4. For students or corporate organisations fulfilling CIP/CSR opportunities, please note that the number of volunteers we can host at any one time is between 6 and 20 (maximum) depending on the day care centre and the intended activity.

5. As ADA coordinates numerous overlapping volunteer groups of the same interests and thus cannot accede to all groups for a particular time slot, we urge all potential volunteer groups to contact us at least two months in advance before their intended date of volunteerism activities. It will be good if each group seeks our inputs before even fixing the nature of volunteering activity they can offer to ADA. We regret this limitation, but due to the complex nature of dementia and our strong commitment to minimise disruption and inconvenience to clients and staff, we cannot always accommodate the usual/generic activities that other welfare organisations gladly accept. So, please contact us well in advance, and firm up your volunteerism plans only after consulting us. We’ll be glad to help you if you can help us help you!