快乐义工

“我是会尽量帮忙有需要的人,为什么呢?因为就好像碰到以前的自己。” -恩群社区服务义工,Madeline, 60+岁

自2017年起,Madeline姐便开始在恩群社区服务活动了。

起初,她来到恩群社区服务的时候,她总是在走廊长椅上阅读报纸。

后来,她渐渐参加了其他活动,例如手工艺品制作兴趣小组,缝制百纳被,歌唱班,咖啡和面包伙伴计划,以及活跃乐龄大使项目。

Madeline姐也从在恩群社区服务的各项活动中,运用所学到的技能,为他人带来欢乐。

不久前,她参与了义工活动,与其他义务工者一起到疗养院呈现表演项目,比如唱歌,并与那里的居民成为朋友,一起玩桌游,拉米O。

Madeline 姐能感觉到义工们在疗养院的工作热情和与居民快乐融洽的气氛。

她还记得当时居民们唱歌或赢得拉米O游戏时的笑脸和喜悦的表情带给她的感受,她说:

“您真的可以感受到他们所散发出的快乐。

这促使我愿意并继续参加恩群社区服务主办的义工活动。”

Madeline 姐对需要帮助的人的同理心源于过去的一段个人的艰难岁月。她说:

“我记得自己曾经在阅读文档时遇到困难,我很难忘当时自己那种无助。

因此,每当我看到需要帮助的人的时候,我都会尽我所能。”

对于Madeline姐来说,“每当看到他们的表情时,我都可以理解他们的感受。”

Special thanks:
ECSS Volunteer, Madeline for agreeing to this interview
ECSS Volunteer, Melissa, who helped us with the transcription
ECSS Volunteer, Chelsea who helped out with the above write up (English)
Colleagues from Tri-Love Elderly Department, for all the support and coordination

You Can Really Feel Them

"I always try my best to help them, because whenever I see their expressions, I can understand what they're feeling” - ECSS Volunteer, Madeline, 60+ years old.

Madeline has been a part of En Community Services Society since 2017.

The first time she joined ECSS, she was always reading the newspaper seated at the benches along the corridor.

She participated in other craft-making leisure groups, including one where group members stitched patchwork quilt together.

She soon joined the singing sessions, the Kopi and Toast Senior’s buddy programme, and workshops such as the Active-Aging Ambassador.

Madeline used the skills she has learnt at ECSS to bring joy to others. She has since joined other volunteers to perform at nursing homes, as well as befriending the residents there, and playing games such as Rummy O.

Madeline enjoys the warm and cheerful atmosphere of the nursing home.

Witnessing the residents singing, and their smiles whenever they win the Rummy O games, she says,

"You can really feel the joy that they exude.

This pushes me to carry on and continue volunteering with ECSS."

Madeline's strong sense of empathy stems from a period of hardship in the past. She says,

"I remember I once encountered difficulties when reading documents, and I remember how helpless I felt.

Hence, whenever I see people who need help, I will do my best to do what I can to help."

For Madeline, this is because "whenever I see their expressions, I can understand what they're feeling."

Special thanks:
ECSS Volunteer, Madeline for agreeing to this interview
ECSS Volunteer, Melissa, who helped us with the transcription
ECSS Volunteer, Chelsea who helped out with the above write up (English)
Colleagues from Tri-Love Elderly Department, for all the support and coordination