没关系,只要你愿意

她回复我,没有关系,只要你愿意的话就可以了。” - 恩群社区服务义工,Foong Kwai, 60+岁

凤桂姐是我们恩群社区服务的活跃义工,她在空余的时间会指导缝纫,她也参与恩群社区服务的其他活动,如唱歌和运动。

她到过不同的乐龄看护中心,疗养院,和政府祖屋,以表演唱歌,鼓励并陪伴年长者他们一起运动,为社区里的乐龄人士带来正能量。凤桂姐回忆说

“这个歌唱班,起初是好像有一些计划,主办单位要装备我们这个歌唱班,唱歌给社区的老人听,例如在乐龄看护中心和疗养院的乐龄人士。

那么我们就一直虚心的训练唱歌,后来就真的了,我们一班义工一起走进社区作表演,呈现唱歌节目给各个社区里的乐龄人士。”

凤桂姐平时对健康的课题也很感兴趣,在乐龄体能指导职员的熏陶下,她也开始到不同的地方和较年长的乐龄人士交流接触,担任“义工运动友伴”,用实际行动鼓励年长人士一起做运动。

她一边当义工,一边做运动,一边又与参与者互动,因此建立友谊。

“当时,我教会的一位牧师的太太,因为她知道我在服装这一行有经验,邀请我做缝纫的义务指导。但是我起初不敢答应,就向她解释,我不是专业裁缝教导,如果不嫌弃,我这个没缝纫指导文凭的义工,我就答应你

她回复我,没有关系,只要你愿意的话就可以了。”

目前,凤桂姐是我们恩群社区服务的缝纫义工指导员,她在缝纫这一行有20多年的工作经历,性格和蔼可亲,很受学生的敬爱。

当年,凤桂姐就是听了负责人的那一番话,“只要你愿意”便一口气答应了,决定参与开始指导缝纫的第一堂课,就这样恩群社区服务开办第一届的缝纫班兴趣班。

“其实我觉得做义工,有很多好处,可以扩大生活圈子,认识很多朋友,你不会害怕自己被封闭。如果你退休了,一直躲在家,那么你就会很容易跟社会脱节。

我觉得做义工可以回馈社会,你会觉得自己对人生的心态会比较积极向上,你会发现到自己对社会是有贡献的。

还有,义工活动能够刺激大脑功能,有益个人的心智和提升创造性活动力,可能会让自己不容易患上失智症。”

Special thanks:
Volunteer Foong Kwai for agreeing to this interview
Volunteer, Grace, who helped us with the transcription
Volunteer, Chelsea, who helped us to conduct the interview and the write-up (English)
Colleagues from Tri-Love Elderly Department, for all the support and coordination

As Long As You Are Willing To Help

“It is okay! It does not matter, as long as you are willing to help.” - ECSS Volunteer, Foong Kwai, 60+ years old.

A person who actively encouraged others, whether it's physically or mentally, Foong Kwai has participated in three programmes organised by ECSS (En Community Services Society).

She regularly accompanies and encourages elderly to keep fit and healthy through regular exercise.

“We visit a nursing home in Tampines once a week to accompany the elderly in their exercises.

On other days, we head to the void decks of HDB flats to encourage the elderly residents to exercise.”

Following the completion of her singing classes at ECSS, Foong Kwai has been sharing joy through songs, singing and making music for the other elderly residents in her community.

“I enjoyed our singing classes because it had a definite goal.

We were equipped with singing skills, so that we could share our music with the elderly living in elderly day care centres and nursing homes.

Soon, we were able to do just that, performing as a group.

It made me very happy to see the positive impacts our actions had on others.”

But Foong Kwai’s artistic talents lie beyond music.

With a talent and passion for crafts, especially dress-making, she has been conducting classes, teaching others how to make their own clothes.

Foong Kwai shares that when the idea was first brought up, she was hesitant in her abilities to teach despite having a wealth of experiences with sewing and tailoring.

“At the time,” she says, “I told the person-in-charge that I was not formally trained.”

However, the organizer provided a few encouraging words to Foong Kwai:

“It is okay! It does not matter, as long as you are willing to help.”

Since then, those few words of encouragement have struck Foong Kwai deeply.

She has participated in many classes, and even started ECSS's lessons in dress-making!

Special thanks:
Volunteer Foong Kwai for agreeing to this interview
Volunteer, Grace, who helped us with the transcription
Volunteer, Chelsea, who helped us to conduct the interview and the write-up (English)
Colleagues from Tri-Love Elderly Department, for all the support and coordination