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Engage! Meaningful Activities for Geriatric Patients


This programme is designed to provide companionship, support and assistance to geriatric patients admitted to the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). The programme aims to enhance the well-being of the patients through engaging cognitive, physical, and social activities. 

By participating in these meaningful activities, patients receive personalised attention, which could contribute to their overall happiness and emotional well-being. The programme not only benefits patients, but it also offers fulfilling experience for the volunteers. Volunteers stand a chance to learn useful tips when communicating and handling geriatric patients. 

This programme aims to make both a positive impact to the patients and the volunteers.

Be the reason for patients to be meaningfully engaged during their stay at the SGH. You can make a significant impact on these patients’ care by volunteering with us!

The Volunteer Experience

This is what a typical volunteering process is like...

Step 1


Meet at Ward

​You will be met with a SGH nurse or occupation therapist at the designated deployment areas.

Step 2



(by ward nurse or OT)

​A SGH nurse or Occupation therapist will conduct a pre-duty briefing to volunteers before deployment to the wards. You will be assigned to patients to supervise and carry out activities with.

Step 3


Carry out activities

You will roll out activities to assigned patients within the ward activity zone for 30 to 45 minutes before moving on to the next activity.

Step 4


You will gather back at the designated ward for a debrief before your volunteer duty comes to an end.

Step 5


Duty Ends

The whole experience takes 2 hours.

Volunteer Requirements

  • 21 years old and above

  • Vaccinated against the following:

    • COVID-19, as indicated on the TraceTogether App

    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

    • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)

    • Varicella (Chicken Pox) 

*Volunteers not vaccinated against any of the above are required to receive the required vaccinations prior to deployment. Capped reimbursement can be provided to volunteers for vaccination costs. 

  • Volunteers should have a caring, nurturing, patient personality.

  • Willing to interact with patients, of which majority are senior citizens

  • Commit to volunteer regularly with at least 1 session within 6 months of signing up, each session will last up to 2 hours. Sessions will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. 

  • Ability to speak in mother tongues and dialects will be helpful, but not compulsory.

Do you meet our requirements? Join us now!

Frequently Asked Questions

Geriatric patients who can benefit from meaningful group activities such as simple exercises, games and craft work.
Commit to volunteer for at least 1 session within 6 months of signing up, each session will last approximately 2 hours (i.e. 4 hours in total). Sessions will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-12 pm and 2pm-4pm.

After registration, fulfilling vaccination requirements and training, you will be given access to the volunteering schedule to indicate your availability.

If you are keen on volunteering on a more frequent/regular basis, do write in to us at We welcome and appreciate your time and effort.
Yes, you will need to attend a face-to-face training on-site. The training ensures that you are well-prepared for the volunteering activity.

Training topics include: ward orientation, infection control and good hand hygiene, managing emergencies, befriending, safe handling techniques, techniques and theories of effective engagement of geriatric patients and how to conduct activities.
After completing registration and training, you will be given access to the volunteering calendar to indicate your availability. You may sign up for consecutive slots if your schedule allows.
Volunteers are required to receive the required vaccinations prior to deployment. Capped reimbursement can be provided for vaccination costs.
This programme runs during Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.

You may explore other volunteering opportunities at or
We strictly advise against cancellation. In the event of extenuating circumstances, please inform the Volunteer Management team at least 2 working days before the scheduled session.
We value every volunteer’s time and energy.

Volunteers are eligible for Community Involvement Programmes / Values-In-Action / Corporate Social Responsibility hours. Volunteers who require proof of their involvement may write in to to ask for a Letter of Recognition.

After participating, volunteers will also be informed on the benefits based on the number of hours contributed.
Yes, we welcome your feedback. You may email the Volunteer Management team at
It will be a good practice to obtain approval from your HODs and/or supervisors to inform them about your duty.