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Would you encourage your child to do social work?

Postby bbforest » Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:25 pm

Hi,

I was wondering do you consider letting your children do social work when they are young?

How do you go about doing it? Or probably the whole family do it together?

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Re: Would you encourage your child to do social work?

Postby jedamum » Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:43 am

Hey,
Read from the newspapers that Salvation Army is sourcing for volunteers to man their kettle stands. Perhaps you can enquire if they'll let you do it as a family.
It may be a good start as all the kid needs to have is patience and more patience.

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Postby EN » Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:51 pm

I don't encourage my kids but do not object if they would like to join activities that their school has arranged. Food donation drive, visiting old folks home. So far my dd has been exposed to these activities.

There is one that I am interested in & I think it would be nice to do it as a family. I heard in hospital there will be a group of volunteers to cheer up sick kids & play with them. I've met the group when my dd was hospitalized for long stay. But, I'm not open to the idea now. I will only allow when my kids are matured enough to handle the emotional aspect of being in touch with sick kids & build up their immunity system.

Another social work that I can think of is to assist lower income group in helping them out with their school work. This can be done daily in school. Something like mentor program.

However, since they are still young, the best social work they can do is to play a part as the lovable grandchildren who will assist their grandmother in not messing up her home, clean up after they eat or play & be a great company.

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Volunteer

Postby buds » Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:13 pm

Heyya all...

Me and my 2 kiddies hv volunteered with teaching
under-privileged children with early literacy pgrm
>Phonics & Reading.

It was an eye-opener and they had lotsa fun!

Kids appreciate better when they know they
seriously have everything they ever need..
The children we helped hardly have 3 meals
a day, and most come from single parent
background with max of 6 siblilngs in a rented
room they call home..

My kids were 4yrs and 6 yrs then.
We coached the underprivileged group with
single letter sounds, songs, craft and story-
telling. My girls helped with the prize wrapping
when we finished our program and also
willingly offered for their relatively new toys
to be put up for gifts for excellent students!

Nice!

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Re: Volunteer

Postby ChiefKiasu » Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:38 pm

buds wrote:Heyya all...

Me and my 2 kiddies hv volunteered with teaching
under-privileged children with early literacy pgrm
>Phonics & Reading.
...


Hi buds, this sounds like exactly what I've been looking for. Can tell me more about the programme and how to join it?

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Volunteer Work

Postby buds » Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:31 am

Heyya all..

Vounteerism requires commitment.
One must be able to see thru pgrm
from pilot to end and to entension if
possible..

1. Choose community/group of choice.
>Religious groups - church, temple, mosque
>Low-incomed, associations, etc

2. Type of volunteerism
>Teaching. Helping out. Cleaning up. Mentor program, etc

3. Sponsor
>Decide who will come out with or provide materials
either for teaching, helping, food, etc or will you
need sponsors search..

4. Plan
>Plan a written proposal or get into discussion with who wishes
to join in this activity. Jot down time frame of the project or
whether it is on-going all time round... Target audience.
And what is the objective to achieve at the end of the project.

5. GO!
>Go with it and set appointment with the people in-charge or
involved with the association of choice and get it moving!

Ps chief..
The pgrm i ran has ended due to lack of volunteers to train and
recruit. It was a pilot project to help needy families within Redhill,
and a train-the-trainers initiative. The more trainers we get to train,
the more children/families we can help. Well, volunteers dun come
easy.. The 4-mths program proved an escalating high for me and
my small team and our kiddies. We made many friends and it
opened our eyes to the other side of life. That alone made the
experiences...

PRICELESS.

buds
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Re: Volunteer Work

Postby ChiefKiasu » Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:06 pm

Hey buds... thanks for the tips! It's pretty refreshing reading your posts... you've become kind of an inspiration for me... being kiasu, happy and compassionate at the same time :).

I've been looking for something like what you started, but it seems like I always hear of it only after it ends :stupid:

Perhaps I should just stop looking and just start up something on my own, in the same vein as what you suggested. How about a non-profit enrichment service focused on helping children of low-income families prepare for P1? We can call it KiasuHearts or something :idea: . Minimum fees with sponsorship from MCYS for incidental costs and recruitment of teachers. Only opened to children from low-income families.

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Postby mintcc » Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:07 am

sounds like a plan. me also interested, may be we should start working on the curriculum and materials?

buds, can share more on how to get started? e.g. how to get together the under privilege children, venue and any existing social services we can work with?

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Postby ksmama » Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:16 pm

Hi count me in if really starting one....

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Postby Emelyn » Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:31 pm

Me too !!

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