Published on 22 Aug 2023
Thinking of volunteering in Singapore for a good cause, but not sure where to begin?
You are not alone! Many introverts share a desire to give back to the community, but often encounter difficulty finding volunteering opportunities they are comfortable with.
Not to worry, we’ve got your back! Read on for handy tips on how to choose the best volunteering avenues for your introspective nature. What’s more, discover how to make a positive impact by leveraging your strengths as an introvert. Make sure to also check out our list of introvert-friendly volunteer roles below!
While it’s true that introverts generally have a more reserved nature, and enjoy their quiet time, it doesn't mean they lack the communication and social skills to make a difference. In fact, they can have what it takes to be a good volunteer. They can possess some personality traits that make them invaluable to the community service scene. Here are some unique strengths they can bring to the table:
Get inspired with these practical tips for a fun time while doing your bit for the community!
If you’re ready to make a difference for a worthy cause, NTUC Health offers many opportunities and is looking to add more introverts to their team of dedicated volunteers. We welcome students above the age of 16, caregivers if you have spare time on your hands and families to provide support to our seniors as volunteers.
Join us to contribute to the well-being of seniors in our community in various ways. Keep scrolling to discover the perfect volunteer role for you!
As a befriender, you'll be making a meaningful impact on the lives of vulnerable and home-bound seniors. This role involves conducting regular home visits and making phone calls to bring warmth and companionship to the elderly, helping them to stay connected to their community. You may also be lending a helping hand to healthcare professionals by checking and reminding befriendees to take their prescribed medications on time.
Put your listening skills to good use by encouraging them to open their hearts, and share their stories in a cosy one-to-one setting. There’s no need to worry if you lack experience as you'll receive an orientation and thorough training to gear you up for this incredible role. But if you happen to speak multiple languages, especially a Mother Tongue or a dialect, it is an added bonus!
Got a talent for capturing life's beautiful moments through the lens? As a volunteer photographer, you'll have the perfect opportunity to use your passion for photography to make a difference in the lives of our seniors. Work behind the scenes at our events to document their joyful experiences, heartwarming interactions, and create a log of our seniors' most cherished memories.
Play a vital role in making healthcare services accessible to the senior community by offering your services as a language translator.
Your knowledge in languages can help to bridge the gap in communication between our senior folks and support staff during community health screenings and assessments. Malay and Tamil translators are especially welcomed as they’re always in high demand!
If you’re a person of few words, this role is for you because it’s all about action! Aid in ensuring our seniors get enough to eat by going door-to-door to deliver donated food supplies. There’ll be no need for small talk, as you put your muscles to work to provide support to our seniors. Your presence alone will speak volumes of kindness and care for our elderly.
Keep our seniors in the pink of health by accompanying them on their medical visits. As a medical escort, you will be in charge of escorting them to and from their medical appointments. Tune in to your natural ability to listen attentively to the doctor’s advice, and assist in ensuring our seniors never miss a beat when it comes to their medical instructions. Don’t worry, prior to this NTUC Health will provide you with relevant training.
If you have a skill or a special interest you’d love to share, there’s nothing more rewarding than spreading happiness to seniors in our nursing homes, day centres for seniors and active ageing centres as an activity coordinator.
You’ll be able to get creative in your contributions by facilitating wholesome activities like an arts and craft workshop, setting up a movie screening, or conducting light exercise sessions.
Perhaps leading an activity is not your thing? You don’t have to worry about being thrust into the spotlight as we’re always looking for coordinators who can just join in the activities with seniors to create a vibrant and engaging environment. You’ll also be able to contribute by keeping a close watch for their safety, and reminding them to stay hydrated between more demanding activities.
At NTUC Health, we understand that not everyone can commit to extensive volunteering hours, and that's perfectly okay! Your willingness to spare even a little time on an act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a significant impact on the lives of others.
Suggest Your Own Volunteering Role to Us
Fancy a role that’s not listed here? Go ahead and take the initiative to reach out to us with suggestions for your desired role. Let us know more about your aims, hopes and interests as a volunteer too. We’ll appreciate it!
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