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Launch of Volunteer Partnerships Impact Assessment (VPIA) Toolkit

Reading Time: 2 minutes It is here! We have spent months developing Singapore’s first-ever toolkit to measure the impact of volunteer programmes. Having been a volunteer manager myself, I have come to see the multi-faceted value that volunteer programmes bring to service users, organizations and staff, other volunteers and the community. But I also realised how it often seems…
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Running Around, Running Aground

Reading Time: 2 minutes And just suddenly, one day, I was lying there in my bed, unable to move,” shared one. There I was, on my bathroom floor, at 2 am in the morning; cold, crying and wondering why I was in the state I was in,” shared another. I was angsty. I realized how work caused me to…
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Banding Together to Fight Burnout as a Community

Reading Time: 2 minutes Photos courtesy of Odyssey Dance Theatre “Burnout keeps us from thriving as a person. To prevent and address it, we need to call it out, deal with it and stop it from consuming us,” says James, Lead Thrive-Synergist and Founder of Emmaus Strategies, as he spent an evening with members from the community and shared…
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Playing It Safe Over the Easter Weekend

Reading Time: 1 minute The effects of burnout do not just stay at work; it spills over into the family and affects our parenting as well. We are indeed honoured to have been able to bring Cafe Wowee to parents and volunteers from the Pentecost Methodist Church Kindergarten and Pentecost Methodist Church Children Ministry. Indeed, as the children were…
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Bringing Out the Indiana Jones in Volunteer Managers

Reading Time: 2 minutes You may be familiar with the Indiana Jones character portrayed by Harrison Ford. The film franchise would bring us on epic adventures on quests for treasures. In a way, volunteer managers, among the many other non-profit practitioners, are like the Indiana Jones of their organizations. After all, volunteer programmes, when running well, can bring about…
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Joining Forces to Bring Care to the Carers

Reading Time: 2 minutes A local study1  in 2015 found that 1 in 3 palliative care practitioners (doctors, nurses and social workers) in the public healthcare sector experience burnout. These are the very people who are on the frontline, working round-the-clock, caring and bringing comfort and support to terminally ill patients and their caregivers. And so, the need is…
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A Wowee Launch!

Reading Time: 1 minute We are declaring war on burnout! So we are really excited to launch Cafe Wowee (Working Optimally Without Encountering Exhaustion). Over 2 sessions in mid March 2019, we brought Cafe Wowee to volunteers of Pentecost Methodist Church and to the public through A Good Space at the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre. It is an…
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Youthful and Thriving Volunteers Coming Your Way

Reading Time: 1 minute A throwback to the last two Thursdays (21 & 28 Feb) at The Red Box. Great energy over the two evenings as we introduced and covered essential topics to help one be an effective volunteer. Specially designed for Youth Corps Singapore, the two evenings saw the youths learning about self-awareness, stressors facing families in need,…
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It’s a Wrap for Volunteer Management Circuit Run 2

Reading Time: 1 minute It’s a wrap! This concludes Run 2 of the Volunteer Management Circuit. As we round up the Circuit, Dr Andrew from Volunteer Resource Optimisation of the National Council of Social Service came to address the participants and reminded them about the importance of the role they play in building social capital for Singapore. He also…
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Raising the Next Generation of Volunteer Management Professionals

Reading Time: 1 minute The Volunteer Management Circuit is underway! We have been working hard the last few months to enhance the Volunteer Management Circuit and we are glad to present Volunteer Management Circuit 2.0. This time round, we are glad to be able to work with 26 participants as we cover the fundamentals of strategic volunteer partnerships, the…
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