Active Volunteerism

In response to the organisation’s endeavours for peace, culture and education, the Soka Volunteer Group (SVG) was formed on March 25, 2004 with about 250 volunteers from the four divisions (Men, Women, Young Men & Young Women Division) to support both ad-hoc community events and regular service with various Volunteer Welfare Organisations (VWOs).

Through the wide-ranging community service activities and the motto “Compassion, Consideration, Commitment”, the SVG strives to forge closer friendship with the community and contribute to the well-being of society and individuals based on the Buddhist principle of respect for the dignity of life. The projects that have benefitted include “Bag of Hope”, SGH Guiders Programme, World Mental Health Day and Marina Bay Countdown.

Besides a host of ad-hoc community service projects, Singapore Soka Association actively works with several community partners in support of various community interests.

Society for the Physically Disabled

The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) works towards the integration of people with physical disabilities into mainstream society. Through programmes that encompass rehabilitation, employment, training, education, consultation and assessment in assistive technology, day care, and social service support, SPD works in partnership with people with physical disabilities to maximise their potential and to help them to be self-reliant and independent.

The SVG started working with SPD in Feb 2004 by providing befriender service to its beneficiaries. The volunteers also supported by planning activities such as handicraft sessions on the first and third Thursday of each month.

In 1993 and 1995, SSA spearheaded two nationwide fund-raising efforts in support of the building of a new regional rehabilitation centre for the SPD. In recognition, SPD has named the facility Soka-SPD Day Care Centre.

Dover Park Hospice

With the mission of providing comfort, relief of symptoms and palliative care for patients with advanced diseases, Dover Park Hospice (DPH) provides in-patient hospice service to the terminally ill with a prognosis of 3-6 months.

Since August 2005, a group of 30 SVG members have been offering befriender service on a monthly basis. They provide coffee-toast service and welcome relief for caregivers and are greatly appreciated by beneficiaries of the hospice and their visiting family members.

Esplanade

Since 2007, SVG has been volunteering with the Marina Bay Countdown Wishing Sphere project organised by the Esplanade and Urban Redevelopment Authority to reach out to members of the public, Volunteer Welfare Organisations (VWO) and members of SSA in penning their wishes for the New Year.

Each time, over 100 volunteers were deployed to stations located across the island to engage the public to pen their wishes for each new year.

Health Promotion Board

SSA works closely with the Health Promotion Board (HPB) to realise HPB’s vision to “build a nation of healthy and happy people”.
HPB has been supportive towards our programmes by providing qualified and prolific speakers for various activities.

North East Community Development Council

SSA partnered the North East Community Development Council (NECDC) for the “Bag of Hope” Project in 2009 where food items worth $50,000 were collected and delivered to 150 needy families within the district.

SSA has also been appointed by North East Comcare Local Network (CLN) as a member of the CLN committee. The ComCare Local Network is a community network to bring the CDCs, grassroots organisations, VWOs and other community organisations in a neighbourhood together. It encourages collaboration between these community organisations and gets them to cooperate to help residents with multiple needs. This is especially useful when reaching out to needy Singaporeans who do not know how to get help when they fall into difficulty. This appointment reinforces SSA’s commitment to serve its members and the community.

Active Seniors

The Day Education Activity (DEA) was first introduced in 1998 with the main objective of engaging our senior citizen members through activities such as handicraft and talks, thereby encouraging elderly members to stay active and healthy.

The programme anchors as an education model to equip the elderly with social skills and knowledge on activities of daily living. Health professionals from Soka Medical Group and speakers from various organisations are invited to provide educational talks and activities for the participants.

Since 2007, Health Promotion Board has been an active partner, providing a comprehensive series of programmes and interactive activities for the 12-week programme.

In 2016, the DEA programme was relaunched as the ‘Third Youth Programme” in partnership with The Council of Third Age, whereby external speakers are invited to speak on various topics to encourage lifelong learning among senior citizens.

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