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Cycling Without Age allows seniors and persons with disabilities to enjoy a ride through the community without having to worry about any mobility challenges or getting tired. Volunteers provide a scenic trishaw ride through the city while seniors can relax and enjoy the view.

Virtual Reality Helps Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Explore Singapore

When Covid-19 hit, Cycling Without Age Singapore used virtual reality to provide a trishaw tour experience to seniors from the comfort of their own nursing homes.
The Food Bank Singapore

The Amazing People and Organisations Helping Communities in Need

Six inspiring individuals and organisations recognised for their community contributions at the President’s Volunteerism and Philanthropy Awards 2020.
AGWO volunteer befrienders at a factory-converted dormitory.

Rev Samuel’s “Dream Team” is on a Mission to Eradicate Poverty

Rev Samuel Gift Stephen started out tending to needs of migrant workers. Now, he’s befriending them to tend to their mental wellness too.

The Unexpected Covid-19 Social Club

Club MemorABLE, a pandemic innovation by Apex Harmony Lodge, connects persons with dementia through music and movement. Each week, residents bop to oldies like “Kung Fu Fighting” and “Dancing Queen” for a dose of good vibrations.
Mr Rajendran Samidurai, 35, from India, puts on the reusable mask from Temasek Foundation. These masks are being distributed to all who work in the built environment (BE) sector

Pragmatic, On-site Innovations to Keep Workers Safe

Distribution of reusable masks rolls out to safeguard the built environment sector.

The Arts Creates a Safe Space to Let Those Feelings Show

Children and youth need face-to-face human interaction to process complex emotions, or risk developmental challenges as they grow up.

Kids Speak Up on Facing Up to the Pandemic

This Children’s Day, we catch up with children whose parents are healthcare workers to find out their thoughts on Covid-19 and the changes they’ve faced.

Foreign Domestic Workers Keep Paddling Through Social Distancing Challenges

How advocacy group Race2Share uses sport and fitness to promote physical and mental well-being among an oft-forgotten minority group.
Workers living in a factory-converted dormitory open their doors to meet with volunteers from the Crisis Relief Alliance as they conduct a needs assessment exercise during the Circuit Breaker period. Made up of both healthcare professionals as well as individuals looking for a way to help out, these volunteers check to see that the dorm residents have their day-to-day needs taken care of and also try to find out what else they require

At the Heart of Crisis Preparedness and Relief

With a leap of faith, the Crisis Relief Alliance quickly learnt about the ecosystem of the factory-converted dormitories to play a pivotal role in providing assurance for migrant workers during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Mr Ding Kian Seng’s quiet confidence instantly sets Madam Norah at ease. Madam Norah, 74, was bound to her wheelchair after a stroke in October 2019 affected her speech, mobility and memory. When Mr Ding took over the work of pushing her chair, it offered respite for her youngest daughter and primary caregiver, Ms Nadia Daeng.

Forest Bathing in the Singapore Botanic Gardens Does Wonders for Mental...

To counter the stress of Covid-19, Nature Reconnections immerses individuals in the smells, sights and sounds of Singapore’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A key part of the morning’s activities was a relaxation workshop run by The Art of Living (AOL) Foundation. Through guided exercises, volunteers teach the migrant workers how to practise mindfulness and stretch their tight muscles. “These sessions have been well received and have immensely benefited our migrant brothers. They have also helped to build a community of peer and local support that has been instrumental in sustaining their mental and social health beyond the confines of their rooms,” says mindfulness volunteer lead, Mr Vetrivel Shanmugasundaram.

A Breath of Fresh Air, Reprieve from Isolation for Migrant Workers

After months of quarantine, migrant workers prepare to rejoin the community and adjust to the new life ahead of them.

3 Charities that Provide Clean and Safe Homes

A home is a basic need to most of us but the low-income and elderly lack the ability to keep their own quarters clean and safe. Knowing these needs, 3 charities and their volunteers are doing their part to meet needs. Covid-19 may have complicated their operations, but they are innovating to seek out the help they need.
Straits Clan Community Kitchen

More Who Go Hungry: Volunteers Go the Extra Mile

Those who have lost jobs in the Covid-19 pandemic must now depend on safety nets that come in the form of government payouts. For those that fell through the cracks, here's how charities and initiatives in Singapore stepped in to provide free or affordable meals so they don't have to go hungry.
YouthGo! social workers engage with their clients

Engaging Youth-At-Risk During Covid-19

Most children in Singapore could simply be worried about whether Covid-19 has affected preparation for their year-end examinations. However, there are some youths who are concerned about survival. 
Beneficiary Elijah, 12 has global development delay. After more than 20 sessions (10 sessions per term), his family has noticed the benefits of hippotherapy in his motor posture, control, social interaction and confidence.

Including the Disabled in the New Normal

Charities serving the disabled have to resort to taking things online, or pushing forward as far as they can while still respecting Covid-19 rules and regulations. You can help too by volunteering or donating.

How Volunteers See and Meet the Invisible Needs of Migrant Workers

These volunteers stepped up at a crucial time to discover the unarticulated needs of these “transient workers” while they are here in Singapore, leading to creative and innovative solutions.

Singaporeans’ Nature of Empathy is Yielding Pearls of Resilience as We...

The best solutions answer the most urgent needs facing communities and our Singaporean brand of empathy can lead to innovations for economic recovery. Celebrating the International Day of Charity in 2020.
Through the Project HomeWorks programme, Habitat for Humanity Singapore eliminates poverty housing conditions and provides decent living conditions for those in need. BRYAN VAN DER BEEK

Singaporeans Innovate as They Work to Help Others Through Covid-19’s Fallout

For eight weeks, WhatAreYouDoing.Sg followed individuals, staff at social service agencies and charitable groups as they battled the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Migrant workers celebrate Deepavali 2020

Festival of Lights Dimmed Somewhat by Safe Distancing Measures

Despite the Covid-19 outbreak, migrant workers at the Terusan Recreation Centre held a joyous Deepavali celebration.
Seniors from Lions Befrienders Senior Activity Centre receive cards from Hey, You Got Mail!

Delivering Handwritten Happiness to Seniors

Inspired by the joy of receiving packages by mail or courier, a group of youth started creating heartfelt handwritten cards for seniors centres in Singapore.
Food Pantry 2.0 vending machines by The Food Bank Singapore

Tech and Data Maintain Privacy for Food Aid Beneficiaries

Automated food aid distribution via dry rations and cooked meals vending machines will help alleviate food insecurity and social stigmas.
Waiting lines at Temasek Shophouse are considerably shorter

Mask Crusaders Line Up for Them — Even When They Don’t...

It’s not Hello Kitty collectibles that are causing the lines this time, but limited edition black, peach and denim versions from the StayMasked campaign by Temasek Foundation.
Yu Hsin Ying, 5, (left), and Lirthika Karthigayan, 6, are Stay Safe Heroes at PCF Sparkletots Braddell Heights. Stay Safe Heroes were introduced to all PCF Sparkletots preschools in June.

How Children Learn to Stay One Metre Apart Through Games and...

Safe distancing is hard — especially for the very young. Here are some ways these childcare centres and kindergartens have had to get creative to remind children to practise good hygiene and keep a metre apart to avoid germs.

Love in the Time of Covid-19

After 37 years together, he finally proposed. “All of a sudden, he asked if we could get registered (for marriage),” says 84-year-old bride, Madam Chia Pee Kim. Find out how their wedding happened under the most unusual of circumstances.
Teachers at iC2 PrepHouse use Zoom to reach their young clients who are visually impaired. iC2’s mission is to help visually impaired young people develop confident living in a sighted community.

Visually Impaired Children Find it Harder to Adjust to Digital Learning

With guidance from teachers, they are able to adapt through activities like picture search, spot-the-difference, and stories to build on their visual efficiency skills.
Mr David Choo, 30, champions REACH Rock Steady, a year-long programme that uses music to build confidence for youths through practice and performance.

Performing Pop Music Offers Stress Relief and Confidence-Building for Youth

For troubled youth, REACH Rock Steady is a safe space to learn music at their own pace while allowing their self-esteem to blossom.
Mr Matlisah bin Chela enjoys art therapy at the Assisi Hospice Day Care Centre

How a Wanderer Found an Anchor in the Form of Art...

Since the age of 30, Mr Matlisah bin Chela spent his nights under the stars. It was only when he suffered COPD that he found happiness and a roof over his head.
Ms Kirti Harnal does warm-up exercises taught by the Heart Wellness Centre.

Heart Attack Survivor Kirti Rehabilitates at Home Post-CB

For heart patients like Ms Kirti Harnal, leaving her house during the Covid-19 pandemic comes with a certain level of fear. But this hasn’t stopped her from building her strength with the help of the Singapore Heart Foundation.
YouthGo! social workers engage with their clients

Youth Workers Game and TikTok for Outreach

YouthGo! social workers get creative with a slew of online tools, from Instagram to TikTok, to befriend and engage youth at risk.
Teams prepare mask vending machines

All Masked and Ready to Go

A look behind the scenes at how 1,200 vending machines were rolled out to dispense antimicrobial masks for residents of Singapore.

Inside the World of Daniel Sng: Overcoming Muscular Dystrophy

Daniel’s family has rallied around him since he was six, when he was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The 15-year-old now does daily exercises with the help from his mother and younger brother.
Teachers at Canossian School don transparent masks to help students with hearing loss understand them better as they are given a “window” to view facial expressions – an important part of speech reading.

Because Language is So Much More Than Words

How an independent sewing and printing studio helped to break the sound barrier for hearing-impaired students with a nifty little idea – transparent face masks for better speech reading.
Tay Ming Jun, 3, being guided by his sister, Tay Wan Xuan, 10, as he watches educational programmes on an iPad at home. Extraordinary People helps provide speech therapy lessons online for Ming Jun.

Early Babe Plays Catch Up

With weekly therapy sessions at Extraordinary People Limited, Tay Ming Jun, three, now speaks English, Mandarin and Hokkien.
As arts spaces remain closed, our local artists stay committed to their craft in the quiet of their own homes. This story is the third in a series looking at how arts and heritage groups are coping during Covid-19.

In Focus: The Artist at Home

As arts spaces remain closed, our local artists stay committed to their craft in the quiet of their own homes. This story is the third in a series looking at how arts and heritage groups are coping during Covid-19.
How Children are Social Distancing with Style

How Children are Social Distancing with Style

DIY social distancing hats help pre-schoolers show off their uniqueness while learning about new safety measures in class.

Agents of Shields: Facing the New Normal

Hairdressers prepare for more customers as the circuit breaker ends and phase one of our reopening begins.
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