AWWA students participating in the Values in Action Project
From 2018-2019, Values Learning Journeys were organised for AWWA students to visit the various Elderly Services in Singapore such as Yishun Day Activity Centre, AWWA Senior Activity Centre and Grace Lodge Nursing Home. Students participated actively with the elderly through interactive art and music activities such as weaving, singing and dancing. They also mingled and had chit chat sessions with the senior citizens.
An AWWA student collaborating with an elderly to complete a paper weaving activity.
SPD ability walk 2019
In September 2019, the SPD ability walk promoted inclusivity by raising public awareness of people with disabilities, as well as raised funds that went towards providing programmes and services at SPD to aid and benefit people with disabilities. Participants were given opportunities to experience the various simulated disability activities. A volunteer with disabilities from the SPD Sheltered Workshop, who is a craftsman and national wheelchair basketballer, facilitated and engaged event participants at the wheelchair basketball experience section. The event also included 290 non-PwD volunteers.
SPD Sheltered Workshop craftsman and wheelchair basketballer Mr Mohammed Hussain (left) sharing tips of his trade at the SPD ability walk 2019.
Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC) Awareness month 2020
As part of a public campaign to share about Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC), clients, caregivers & AT professionals came together in October 2020 and virtually engaged the public via Facebook. Seven clients and caregivers hosted sessions, submitted videos, and contributed to the discussions online.
AAC user Mr Joseph Oh at the webinar (second row, centre)
Mural paintings for ActiveSG Jurong East Sports Centre
From November 2020 to January 2021, volunteers from Team Nila worked with clients from the SPD Day Activity Centre over a period of two months to create four sets of paintings that were installed at the spiral staircase within the ActiveSG Jurong East Sports Centre. 10 clients with disabilities from SPD Day Activity Centre and 20 volunteers from Team Nila participated in this initiative.
Christmas decorations for Clementi Public Library
In December 2020, volunteers from Team Nila worked with clients from the SPD Day Activity Centre over a period of one month to create a Christmas tree and festive decorations using recyclable materials to be put on display at Clementi Public Library. 10 clients with disabilities from SPD Day Activity Centre and 20 volunteers from Team Nila participated in this initiative.
Lunar New Year decorations for Clementi Public Library
In January 2021, volunteers from Team Nila worked with clients from the SPD Day Activity Centre over a period of one month to create Lunar New Year festive decorations using recyclable materials to be put on display at Clementi Public Library. 10 clients with disabilities from SPD Day Activity Centre and 20 volunteers from Team Nila participated in this initiative.
SPD Charity Hongbao 2021
In February 2021, the annual SPD charity hongbao fundraising campaign was held over the Chinese New Year period where children were encouraged to care for and share with people with disabilities. This also complemented the educational system where character building constitutes an important part of learning. Specially-designed hongbaos and collection boxes were delivered to childcare centres, schools and educational institutions where each student were given a hongbao. They were encouraged to place their personal contributions into the hongbao and deposit it into the campaign’s collection boxes set up in their schools. A volunteer with a disability (former recipient of the APB Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities) also gave a talk at Canberra Secondary School on disability awareness and shared his own experiences.
Walk for Rice Distribution
In 2017, APSN Katong School students distributed packets of white and brown rice to the needy residents in Southeast District. Funds for the packets of rice were raised through the Walk for Rice campaign. The students engaged the elderly at the Bedok Radiance Senior Activity Centre through a Chinese Brush Painting session. 18-20 students and 31 elderly took part in the activities.
In 2019, 23 students and four staff represented the APSN Katong School to distribute rice to beneficiaries at Wisma Geylang Serai. There were over 50 beneficiaries.
Artwork for NDP
In 2018, Muhd Yamin, a student from APSN Katong School, designed a piece of artwork which was selected and printed on NDP 2018 funpacks. He also had a one-page feature in the booklet detailing his background and the inspiration behind the design.
Also, in 2021, APSN Katong School’s Secondary One students participated in the 2021 NDP Funpack Design.
PA performances for public/community
In 2019, APSN Katong School’s Secondary 3 Performing Arts’ students collaborated with Bukit View Primary and Cedar Primary School to showcase a performance of Angklung and Kulintang at the Singapore Youth Festival.
Students from the Primary level also took part in a performance with friends from the mainstream schools at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. These collaborative performance opportunities allowed students to bond and be motivated to give their best.
Hot Meals Project
APSN Centre For Adult’s (CFA) Hot Meals Project provides sponsored free meals to elderly homes. The healthy vegetarian meals are prepared in CFA’s certified kitchen by their catering trainees who are in transition between training to open employment. The prepared food will then be sent to the home by CFA’s staff or volunteers.
This arrangement allows CFA’s trainees to pick up not just vocational skills needed for employment, but also the idea of contributing back to society.
Y-Food of Love
In 2018 and 2019, APSN Centre For Adults (CFA) collaborated with YMCA to organise the Food of Love programme to engage 10 trainees for two conservative years.
The programme allowed trainees to have the opportunity learn about teamwork. The trainees were grouped with SMU student volunteers in teams of four to five where they worked together to bake goodies. These goodies were distributed to various welfare organisations for the elderly. This initiative empowered the trainees to contribute back to society.
APSN x Willing Hearts
From 2018 to 2019, the collaboration between APSN Centre For Adults (CFA) and Willing Hearts allowed CFA’s trainees to gain the opportunity to practice mise en place and encourage contributing to society.
50 CFA catering trainees prepared ingredients at their workstations in CFA on Mondays to Fridays, before sending them to the kitchen at Willing Hearts. Trainees were aware that their efforts will transform into meals for the less fortunate from other welfare organisations.
Autism Resource Centre (ARC)
Project Braveheart Values-in-Action (VIA) Programme (Pushcart Sales)
Primary 6 students from Pathlight School all geared up and ready to start the pushcart sale. Disclaimer: Photo was taken before COVID-19.
From 2017-2020, as part of their post-PSLE Values-In-Action programme, Primary 6 students from Pathlight School engaged in activities to learn the value of giving back to our community.
Students sold items such as stationery, food, and toys to their peers and teachers in school. Proceeds from these sales were then donated to the Children’s Cancer Foundation.
ARC’s virtual fundraising event, A Very Special Challenge 2020
Members of the Neurodiversity Champions team celebrating the completion of their fundraising efforts for A Very Special Challenge 2020.
Variations of the poster boy in “A Very Special Walk” logo, drawn by one of ARC’s differently abled artists
Since 2005, ARC has been organising its signature fundraising event - A Very Special Walk (AVSW). In 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ARC took the event online and raised funds through its first-ever virtual campaign, A Very Special Challenge 2020!
From June to July 2020, people from all walks of life came together to contribute and participate in the virtual campaign. These included Pathlight School students, alumni, parents, and clients of ARC’s Employability & Employment Centre (E2C) as well as individuals on the autism spectrum!
Six young men of neurodiverse backgrounds made a notable contribution by forming a team and walking 20,000 steps each as part of their challenge. They also shared personal stories and challenges on their respective social media platforms to advocate for autism and the need to embrace neurodiversity in society.
One of ARC’s differently-abled artists also participated in the challenge by illustrating 20 different versions of the poster boy in A Very Special Walk’s logo. Each piece was a unique representation of individuals overcoming challenges in the course of building an inclusive society. His art pieces showcased his artistic talent and helped to shine a spotlight on the potential of individuals on the autism spectrum.