Being a non-profit organisation, ADA operates with limited resources. Very often, the success of our events depends very much on your contributions!
Some important notes on voluntary work:
Due to the nature of dementia which can affect the moods and behaviour of Persons with Dementia, ADA has to conform to certain welfare and risk-management guidelines in order to protect the interests of all parties. As such, volunteers must meet the following criteria for some of our volunteer work.
1. Must be at least 18 years old if you wish to be involved in direct interaction with our clients with dementia. This requirement does not apply to non-direct interaction where you may simply want to perform and entertain our clients. For those below 18, you may consider indirect volunteering involving no interaction with our clients. Volunteers below 18 will need to fill in a parental consent form, have it signed by their parent/guardian and bring it along for the volunteering session.
2. All volunteers are required to attend a mandatory volunteer orientation conducted by ADA to understand how to interact with Persons with Dementia. This session covers the Volunteer Code of Conduct and guidelines on volunteer safety and welfare. The orientation will be held on weekdays during working hours and weekday evenings when a class size of at least 10 is reached.
3. Knowledge of dialects such as Hokkien, Cantonese or Teochew is helpful but not essential. The most important attribute is that you must be comfortable interacting with Persons with Dementia.
As ADA coordinates numerous overlapping volunteer groups of similar interests, we might not be able accede to all groups for a particular time slot. We urge all potential volunteer groups to contact us at least 2 months in advance before the intended date of volunteerism. Please seek our input before determining the nature of the volunteering activity and do note that our New Horizon Centres (NHC) can only accommodate between 5 to 15 volunteers at any one time. Given the nature of dementia and our commitment to minimise disruption and inconvenience to our clients, we may not always be able to accommodate all suggested activities. Kindly contact us in advance and firm up your volunteerism plans after consulting us.
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Thank you for your interest to volunteer.
In light of COVID-19 (previously known as 2019 nCov) and its effects on Singapore, ADA is closely monitoring the developments of the coronavirus infection in Singapore and the advisories issued by Ministry of Health.
From 1 February 2020 onwards and until further notice, ADA will cease and/or postpone all nonessential volunteer events held at either ADA premises or externally. ADA will also be closing sign-ups for new volunteers until further notice.
Please refer to https://alz.org.sg/advisory/ for official statements by ADA.
We thank you for your cooperation and patience while we try our best to reduce the risks of infection, especially amongst our vulnerable clients, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused due to these measures.