To engage volunteers, partners and stakeholders in identifying the strengths and needs of the community and to journey together to address these needs through volunteerism. The SG Cares Volunteer Centre @ Bedok is operated by Filos Community Services.
Source: 2022, Filos Community Services
Filos Community Services has been appointed by the SG Cares Office as the SG Cares Volunteer Centre @ Bedok since March 2019.
As an SG Cares Volunteer Centre, our goal is to build volunteer capacity, develop volunteer management capabilities and foster community partnerships to strengthen Bedok town’s effectiveness in meeting community needs.
All efforts as an SG Cares VC support the SG Cares Movement, a national initiative to foster a more caring and inclusive home for all.
We curate suitable volunteering opportunities for individual volunteers, schools and corporate partners and link them up with different Social Service Agencies (SSAs) with programmes matching their interests and skill sets.
The Adopt a Block is an ongoing initiative where corporates, schools, and groups are encouraged to donate and distribute food and daily essentials to the residents of rental blocks on a quarterly basis.
Our Medical Escort Volunteer Programme was set up to meet the needs of seniors who are not able to go for medical appointments on their own. In 2022, the SG Cares VC @ Bedok garnered the support of 24 volunteers and they have provided over 70 medical escort assistance for appointments.
We co-designed the scheme to reduce the financial burden of eligible individuals who require transportation for medical visits. The scheme is coordinated and administered in collaboration with the Kembangan Chai-Chee Social Team and other community partners.
Filos also works with individual and group volunteers to co-organise, plan and initiate projects to better serve and bring cheer to our beneficiaries. Some of our current school and corporate partners include DBS Bank, Bloomberg, Edrington, Trip.com, Singapore Management University and Temasek Polytechnic.
We conduct training workshops for our volunteers regularly. We believe in developing our volunteers by helping them acquire relevant knowledge and skill sets that will enable them to perform better in their given roles, enhance their capabilities and encourage personal growth even beyond their volunteering journey.
Corporate Networking Sessions are regularly organised to bring together stakeholders from corporate organisations, schools and the public sector to discuss and share on the volunteering opportunities in Bedok town.
We organise the Values in Action (VIA) networking sessions to provide schools and SSAs in Bedok town with a common platform to share and collaborate on volunteering projects.
Networking sessions are conducted with other SSAs, on a regular basis, to share best practices and brainstorm solutions to common challenges. This is also a platform for SSAs to gather and discuss opportunities for collaboration.
We work with our partners, such as Changi General Hospital and South East CDC, skills-based volunteers and experienced professionals to provide regular training for our volunteers to better equip them on their volunteering journey.
Head of Public Relations
Volunteer with Filos since 2019