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The Purple Parade 2023: A Spectacular Showcase of Care and Inclusivity

The Purple Parade 2023: A Spectacular Showcase of Care and Inclusivity

The Purple Parade 2023, held on November 4th, was a heartwarming celebration of inclusion and support for individuals with special needs, their caregivers, and supporters. To stand in support with caregivers and their families, CaringSG participated in our second Purple Parade this year.

CaringSG’s Purple Parade Activities

CaringSG staff and volunteers prepared a colourful booth with touching quotes submitted during 2022 Purple Parade slogan quest

One of our signature features of the Purple Parade 2023 were the beautiful CAREcottage handicrafts by talented artisans. These intricately crafted items, lovingly made by caregivers and their care recipients with special needs, showcased their creativity and artistic skills.

CaringSG’s dinosaur mascots brought smiles to many caregivers

Visitors had the opportunity to browse and purchase these unique handicrafts, supporting the cause and taking home a piece of artistry that reflected the spirit of inclusivity. 

Our Uplift! Book, a project by CaringSG, was another highlight of the event. This beautifully crafted coffee table book encapsulates the incredible collaboration between local artist Chia Choy Ping, Lee Jun Le, an extraordinary individual with autism, with poems from Assoc Prof (Dr) Kenny Tan.

In addition, it features a collection of heartwarming stories and experiences shared by caregivers, an inspiring testament to the strength, love, and resilience of the caregiving community. Copies of this book were available for attendees to peruse, offering insight into the lives of those who are dedicated to caring for their loved ones.

From left: Edward Lim (Head of Corp Services and CAREconnect Lead), Faraliza Zainal (CAREchampion and Founder of MIJ Hub), Tan Pei Cheng (CAREchampion Lead) and Dr Lim Hong Huay (Founder and Honorary CEO of CaringSG) in front of the “Spur On, Caregivers” wall
Supporters penning down encouragement for caregivers for our “Spur On, Caregivers” wall

At the heart of our Purple Parade booth, there was a “Spur On, Caregivers” wall where many people penned down their heartfelt words of encouragement for caregivers. This wall served as a powerful symbol of solidarity and appreciation for the unwavering dedication of caregivers, a testament to the fact that caregivers are not alone in their journey and that their efforts are valued and celebrated.

Group photo of the Purple Parade marching contingent by CaringSG Ltd and BlackRock Singapore Ltd
We’re so happy to be a part of Purple Parade!

The Purple Parade 2023 also saw a strong show of support from the marching contingent by CaringSG Ltd and BlackRock Singapore Ltd. a prominent organization that believes in the power of inclusivity. The marching contingent comprised our community of caregivers, their families, and supporters from BlackRock and the public.

How You Can Support Special Needs Caregivers

Beyond the Purple Parade, CaringSG relies on the generosity of supporters and organizations to continue our mission of connecting, enabling and empowering special needs caregivers.

We welcome you to learn more about the caregiver services we offer by visiting our website to read more about CAREconnect, CAREbuddy and CAREwell. Here, you’ll find comprehensive information on our various services and resources available to caregivers to support them on their journey.

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Be Kind to Yourself; You Are Doing Your Best Every Day

Be Kind to Yourself; You Are Doing Your Best Every Day

Hello, how have you been? 🙂 I hope you have been doing well.

2023 has been a year filled with wonderful opportunities to meet new caregivers from our recent pilot constituencies, and to catch up with familiar faces. Oftentimes, I receive thanks from our caregivers after they attend our physical events — being able to spend time outside of the house with one’s family and having opportunities to interact with others can be a welcome respite.

These same caregivers, and you as well, are also an inspiration to me. Seeing how each of you navigates challenges with an unwavering amount of strength, determination, and love has reminded me that no matter how daunting something might seem, progress can still be made in small, baby steps.

However, you cannot pour from an empty cup; self-care is a necessary part of being an effective caregiver. It is perfectly okay to pamper yourself to something you’d like to do, prioritise rest and lean on others when you feel weary. I also hope that you remain kind to yourself – parenting has never been an easy feat and I’m sure that you are doing the best that you can every day.

May the remainder of 2023 treat you kindly, and I hope to see you in 2024 🙂

 

With love,
Elysia Poh, Program & Research Executive (CAREconnect)

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CaringSG Community Events from June to September 2023

CaringSG Community Events from June to September 2023

Caregivers and families at a Lasting Power of Attorney Certification Event

Over the past 4 months, CaringSG has continued to run events focusing on a variety of topics such as art therapy, LPA, trishaw rides and a special treat to a local performance.

The events were kindly sponsored by the Enabling Lives Initiative (ELI) Grant (funded by Tote Board and managed by SG Enable) and Temasek Foundation.

Here’s what caregivers and families have enjoyed!

Art Therapy for Caregivers on 3 Jun 2023 at Telok Blangah Community Club

An art therapy session was held on 3 Jun 2023 at the Telok Blangah Community Club for caregivers to have an overview of using art therapy to benefit their self-care and emotional well-being. A certified, professional art therapist was engaged to share with participants on how to express and articulate one’s feelings and thoughts, and also to share one’s lived experiences through art, in a safe space.

The two-hour session provided caregivers with the basic knowledge on how to use this alternative therapy to enhance their emotional and mental well-being.

A total of 7 caregivers and a special needs dependent turned up for the therapy session from 10am to 12pm, with the support from 3 CAREkakis, 3 CaringSG staff and volunteers, and 1 CAREchampion.

LPA Certification at Telok Blangah Community Club (17 Jun 2023) and Toh Guan View RC (24 Jun 2023)

The Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which allows a person who is at least 21 years of age to voluntarily appoint one or more persons to make decisions and act on his/her behalf if they lose their mental capacity one day.

Understanding the importance of LPA, CaringSG conducted two LPA certification sessions for caregivers on 17 June 2023 and 24 June 2023 at the Telok Blangah Community Club (8 caregivers) and Toh Guan View RC (13 caregivers) under Bukit Batok East CCC respectively, with support from Extra•Ordinary People.

 

Caregivers who wished to enjoy the ease of getting their LPAs certified by professionals for free could first prepare their LPAs draft online before coming down on the actual day to have their drafts reviewed and certified by the Certificate Issuer on the spot.

For each event, 4 CAREkakis and 4 CaringSG staff and volunteers supported, with an additional CAREchampion supporting the Telok Blangah event. The events were also kindly sponsored by the Enabling Lives Initiative (ELI) Grant (funded by Tote Board and managed by SG Enable) and Temasek Foundation.

A Great Day for a Trishaw Ride at Jurong Lake Gardens (8 Jul 2023 and 9 Sept 2023)

We had outdoor fun and get-together when we organised 2 trishaw ride events for caregivers and their families on 7 Jul 2023 and 9 Sep 2023 respectively.

Partnering Boon Lay CCC, Bukit Batok East CCC, Kampong Glam CCC, Telok Blangah CCC and Cycling Without Age Singapore, both events were held at the ActiveSG Park @ Jurong Lake Gardens where a total of 11 caregivers and 9 dependents could all come together to enjoy a splendid day filled with fun, laughter and unity. It was also a good opportunity to use trishaws as an intervention tool to enhance socio-emotional well-being!

Besides sweating it out on the trishaws, caregivers were also able to engage in lively conversations with other caregivers over an array of light table games and refreshments thereafter. The success of the Trishaw ride events were made possible with our sponsors and partners and not forgetting our 6 CAREkakis and 3 CAREchampions who came to help out on 7 Jul 2023, and 6 CAREkakis, 5 CaringSG staff and volunteers, and 3 CAREchampions who came to help out on 9 Sep 2023.

A Story of Batu Bulat on 19 Aug 2023

10 caregivers and 10 special needs dependents were treated to a performance entitled “A Prince, An Explorer and A Girl” at the Esplanade Theatre Studio on 19 Aug 2023 (Saturday) in partnership with Boon Lay CCC, Bukit Batok East CCC, Kampong Glam CCC and Telok Blangah CCC.

The story was about a prince, an explorer and a girl who lived on the idyllic island of Batu Bulat. Whilst each of them led their own exciting life, which at first glance seemed as different as night and day, they soon found out that they were more similar than they were different.

As it was a Relaxed Environment (RE) performance, it was suitable for persons with autism and/or sensory sensitivities. In addition, it was a text-based performance that required children and their adults to figure out what really happened at Batu Bulat by watching and listening closely to each character’s story.

Both the caregivers and their dependents were able to experience an adventure together with the characters on stage, who took them on different paths to ultimately lead them to understanding what empathy is and that there is always more than one perspective to any story.  The play was an excellent opportunity to introduce the idea of putting oneself in someone else’s position and feeling what they were feeling to build respectful and caring relationships.

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CaringSG Community Events In May 2023

CaringSG Community Events In May 2023

The month of May was another eventful month for CaringSG as we had lined up exciting events and talks for our caregivers from Boon Lay, Kampong Glam and Telok Blangah.

6 May 2023 Massage Therapy for Caregivers (Telok Blangah Community Club)

We understand that caregiving is a tiring task and caregivers do need some “me” time and respite along the journey. In order to help caregivers to relieve tension and enhance their well-being, CaringSG organised a massage therapy for caregivers on 6 May 2023.

They were treated to a rejuvenating massage session by skilled therapists while our volunteers helped to engage their dependents with simple games and activities. 

9 caregivers and their special needs dependents turned up for the therapy session from 10am to 12pm. Light refreshment were also provided for all participants.

This event was supported by 1 CAREkaki, 3 CaringSG staff and volunteers, 1 CAREchampion, the Enabling Lives Initiative (ELI) Grant funded by Tote Board and managed by SG Enable, Temasek Foundation and Telok Blangah CCC.

13 May 2023 Deputyship and Special Needs Trust Talk (Boon Lay)

The next caregiver engagement event (talk) was held on 13 May 2023 at Boon Lay Community Club from 2pm to 4pm. The talk focused on providing caregivers with practical knowledge on the requirements and process on applying for deputyship. Our speakers also shared the relevant information on how to set up a special needs trust.

4 caregivers turned up for the talk and we were glad that all of them had a better and deeper understanding on Deputyship and Special Needs Trust after interacting with our speakers and other caregivers.  This event was supported by 3 CAREkakis, 3 CaringSG staff and volunteers, 1 CAREchampion, the Enabling Lives Initiative (ELI) Grant funded by Tote Board and managed by SG Enable, Temasek Foundation and Boon Lay CCC.

20 May 2023 Purple Outing to SEA Aquarium (Kampong Glam)

The last activity for the month was a Purple Outing to S.E.A Aquarium on 20 May 2023. S.E.A. Aquarium is one of the world’s largest aquariums and it is home to more than 100,000 marine animals! Caregivers and their dependents had the opportunity to get close-up with the vast array of aquatic life and participated in the various learning journeys available at the aquarium to better appreciate the importance of preserving our oceans and its marine animals.

A total of 16 caregivers and 10 of their special needs dependents turned up for the event and it was supported by 14 CAREkakis, 2 CaringSG staff and volunteers and 2 CAREchampions. It was really heartening to see both caregivers and their dependents enjoying themselves during this outing. 

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CaringSG Feb and Mar 2023 Needs Assessment Events @ Kampong Glam

CaringSG Feb and Mar 2023 Needs Assessment Events @ Kampong Glam

In order to check on the well-being of caregivers (such as financial, health and social), CaringSG conducted a needs assessment exercise for caregivers residing at Kampong Glam on 12 Feb and 18 Mar 2023.

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During the house visits, staff and volunteers also asked about the caregivers’ daily caregiving duties and whether they required any additional help as some of them might not be aware of the existing government schemes or avenues to seek help from.

A total of 23 families were engaged during the 2 dates (13 families in February and 10 families in March) and both outreach events were also supported by Enabling Lives Grant Initiative (funded by Tote Board and managed by SG Enable), Temasek Foundation, and Kampong Glam CCC.

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CaringSG Community Events in April 2023

CaringSG Community Events in April 2023

April was a busy month as CaringSG organised several events in Telok Blangah, Kampong Glam and Boon Lay.

1 April 2023 Caregivers Get Together (Telok Blangah)

On 1 April 2023, a caregiver get-together was held at Telok Blangah Community Club from 1pm to 3pm.  There was also a crafts workshop especially for the special needs dependents.

A total of 15 caregivers and 5 Special needs dependents turned up for the event. The purpose was for the caregivers residing at Telok Blangah to get to connect with one another over light refreshments. In this way, they would be able to know who to approach for support and assistance in the event of need. 

This event was supported by 3 CAREkaki and 6 CaringSG staff and volunteers, the Enabling Lives Initiative (ELI) Grant funded by Tote Board and managed by SG Enable, Temasek Foundation and Telok Blangah CCC.

1 April 2023 Raya Festive Distribution (Kampong Glam)

On the same day, 9 CAREkaki, 2 CaringSG staff and volunteers, 1 CAREchampion, 2 CAREambassadors from William Blair and another 2 CAREambassadors from NUS Yong Loo Lin also participated in a Hari Raya festive distribution to 33 families in Kampong Glam. It was indeed a fruitful day for Team CaringSG!

15 April 2023 Yoga Workshop (Boon Lay)

The third event was a yoga workshop which was held at Boon Lay Community Club on 15 April 2023 from 3pm to 4pm. 1 CAREkaki and 2 CaringSG staff and volunteer were there to help with the event.

During the workshop, caregivers and their dependents learnt various Yoga techniques like stretching, breathing and meditation which could help them to de-stress when they needed a short respite.

A total of 4 caregivers and 3 special needs dependents turned up for the event. Even though the workshop was just an hour long, it was a good opportunity for caregivers to connect with other caregivers and their loved ones and experienced the benefits of Yoga together.

This event was supported by the Enabling Lives Initiative (ELI) Grant funded by Tote Board and managed by SG Enable, Temasek Foundation and Boon Lay CCC.

15 April 2023 Give and Take Distribution (Kampong Glam)

Last but not least, there was also a “Give and Take” distribution session at Kampong Glam on the same day with 10 CAREkaki as well as 1 CaringSG staff distributing goodies to 50 families.

Stay tuned for CaringSG outreach and community events in the month of May!

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You have the power to save a life – 4 Mar 2023 CPR + AED Training (Boon Lay)

You have the power to save a life - 4 Mar 2023 CPR + AED Training (Boon Lay)

According to the Singapore Heart Foundation, immediate application of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) can increase a victim’s survival rates by as high as 50%. In fact, taking a course will enable one with the confidence to spring into action to perform CPR or use an AED during an emergency.

To equip caregivers the skills and knowledge to perform CPR and use an AED, CAREkakis (who are trained grassroot volunteers by CaringSG), organised a CPR + AED training session for Boon Lay caregivers on 4 March 2023.  The training session was conducted at Boon Lay Community Centre from 2pm to 6pm with a total of 8 caregivers and 1 special needs dependent participating.

During the 4-hour training session, participants were taught the correct techniques of performing CPR safely as well as the steps on how to use an AED properly in conjunction with CPR. Participants were also certified once they had successfully fulfilled the passing criteria.

This course was supported by 2 CaringSG staff and volunteers and 1 CAREkaki and also by the Enabling Lives Grant Initiative funded by Tote Board and managed by SG Enable, Temasek Foundation and Boon Lay CCC.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year 2023: CaringSG and CAREkaki Outreach in Boon Lay and Kampong Glam

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2023: CaringSG and CAREkaki Outreach in Boon Lay and Kampong Glam

Prior to the Chinese New Year celebrations, Boon Lay Community Club collaborated with CaringSG to organise a CNY shopping event specially for Boon Lay residents on 8 Jan 2023 (Sunday).

The residents were able to purchase heavily discounted household necessities and groceries to their hearts’ content during this event. All costs were subsidised by 50%, up to a maximum of $100. For example, if a resident purchased goods worth $220, he/she only needed to pay $120!

A total of 7 CaringSG’s caregivers from Boon Lay attended the event and it was supported by three CAREkakis and three CaringSG staff and volunteers. 

CaringSG also organised a CNY festive goods distribution at various parts of Kampong Glam (e.g. Beach Road, Rowell, King George’s Avenue, Crawford, Kelantan, Waterloo-Selegie, Balestier NC) on 14 January 2023 from 10.30am to 1pm. 

Eighteen CAREkaki, eight CAREambassadors (students from Project Empower, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and students from Project Sincerely, Hwa Chong Institutition), four CAREchampions and three CaringSG staff and volunteers were involved in the distribution of festive goods to 68 families. Despite the downpour on the day, everyone’s spirit was not dampened.

Both outreach events were also supported by our partners Enabling Lives Grant Initiative by SG Enable and Tote Board, Temasek Foundation, and Boon Lay CCC (for CNY shopping event) and Kampong Glam CCC (for CNY festive goods distribution).

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Chinese New Year 2023 Get Together at Boon Lay Community Club

Chinese New Year 2023 Get Together at Boon Lay Community Club

As part of the Chinese New Year celebration, caregivers were treated to a CNY get together with other fellow caregivers on 11 February 2023 at Boon Lay Community Club from 12pm to 2pm.

During the 2-hour session, caregivers and their care recipients engaged in making simple Chinese New Year handicrafts like firecrackers and lanterns using red packets.  Fellow caregivers also mingled over catered food to celebrate this joyous occasion together. The event was supported by three CAREkakis, three CAREambassadors, and five CaringSG staff and volunteers. 

We sincerely thank everyone who attended this event and we look forward to seeing you all again in our upcoming ones.

CNY Get Together was also supported by our partners Enabling Lives Grant Initiative by SG Enable and Tote Board, Temasek Foundation and Boon Lay CCC.

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Tea Time at Ya Kun – Appreciation Campaign for Special Needs Caregivers and Families

Tea Time at Ya Kun – Appreciation Campaign for Special Needs Caregivers and Families

CaringSG and Ya Kun Kaya Toast collaborated to run an appreciation campaign for special needs caregivers and families.

Ya Kun encouraged their customers to fuel a caregiver of a person with special needs and show their appreciation by gifting them a cup of Ya Kun kopi or tea. Customers could participate in this initiative via Ya Kun’s Cherish app from 10 Oct to 30 Nov 2022.

Ya Kun also helped to spread awareness of what CaringSG does, by sharing with their customers that CaringSG is a caregiver-led initiative and registered non-profit organisation for special needs caregivers and the community. We were set up in 2020 and are supported by SG Enable.

Customers were further informed to visit www.caring.sg to learn more about how they can support special needs caregivers, and to check out www.enablingguide.sg if they are a person with disability or caregiver in need of support.

 

Tea Time at Ya Kun @ Far East Square

As part of the appreciation campaign, caregivers were treated to a traditional tea brunch of Kaya toast with butter set (Set A) at Ya Kun @ Far East Square on 12 November 2022. The meals and venue were kindly sponsored by Ya Kun Kaya Toast.

A total of 16 caregivers and 15 children turned up for the event, and participants could also take the opportunity to share their life experiences with other caregivers and their families. The children were engaged with simple board games, jigsaw puzzles and activities while enjoying their meals in Ya Kun’s flagship store that offered a rustic ambience reminiscing the good old days of kampung gatherings.

The event was supported by two CAREkakis, two CAREambassadors, four CaringSG staff and volunteers.  

We sincerely thank our kind sponsor Ya Kun Kaya Toast and all the Ya Kun customers who participated in this appreciation campaign with a kopi or tea treat to special needs caregivers.

This caregiver appreciation event was also supported by our partners (Enabling Lives Grant Initiative by SG Enable and Tote Board, Temasek Foundation and Boon Lay CCC).

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