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SPACES where I matter: a support group to facilitate self-care (Bukit Timah)

September 2018

10 clients were supported through 4 sessions of groupwork. Through the use of experiential, reflective and interactive activities, participants discussed and learnt how to better care for themselves in the social, physical, adventure, cognitive, emotional and spiritual domains.

National Day Celebration 2018 (FOCUS)

August 2018

120 seniors gathered at TRANS FOCUS Centre to celebrate Singapore’s 53rd birthday with a giant DIY birthday cake. The seniors had a great time playing team-bonding games, watching a Dementia skit put up by FOCUS seniors, a “Cup song” performance and ended the celebration with a delicious bento lunch.

Casa Raudha Case Conference (SAFE)

August 2018

Casa Raudha, a steadfast and supportive crisis shelter partner we have been working with, celebrated their 10th year Anniversary with an inaugural conference titled, ‘Target Zero Domestic Violence; Breaking the Generation Effects of Violence’ held at Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre hotel on 2nd August 2018. Our Senior Social Worker, Suriana Bte Mohd Shah represented the agency and gave a talk on our experience in Working with Elder Survivors. As part of the talk, we took the opportunity to share a prior archival study on elder abuse cases managed which covered information pertaining to profile of the victim, the person using violence, and the correlation between type of abuse and risk factors. SW Nithiya Bala and SW Assistant Nur Litta also manned a booth to publicize our Community Legal Clinic for Vulnerable Adults and the response was positive and encouraging.

Charity Haircut (FOCUS)

July 2018

Hairstylists from Mirror D’International College volunteered a free haircut service named Charity Haircut for 66 seniors at TRANS FOCUS centre.

Volunteer Elective Training & Bonding (Art of Change) (Bedok Reservoir)

July 2018

Focused on the topic of change, TRANS FSC (Bedok Reservoir) conducted a training and bonding session for our volunteers. Through facilitated conversations and activities like clay-making, we embarked on a journey of self-discovery, expanded our perspectives as people-helpers and developed a deeper appreciation of each other.

Volunteer Project at St Andrew’s Cathedral Home for the Aged (FOCUS)

June 2018

Senior volunteers and staff from TRANS FOCUS Centre have been volunteering at St Andrew Cathedral Home for the Aged for 3 consecutive years. In 2018, FOCUS seniors put up a dance performance, played games and had a sing-along session for the residents in the Home.

TRANS Hosts Participants of the Social Service Leadership Exchange Programme (Bedok Reservoir)

June 2018

Under the Social Service Leadership Exchange Programme, TRANS FSC (Bedok Reservoir) hosted 3 social workers from Thailand and Vietnam. These social workers were able to experience and undertake the work that we do through dialogues and home visits, including joining in one of Golden ConneXion’s monthly meetings.

VOIC3 Dialogue (Community Partners), A Networking Initiative (Bedok Reservoir)

June 2018

TRANS FSC (Bedok Reservoir) invited community partners serving Bedok Reservoir for a networking session called VOIC3 Dialogue. Through this dialogue session, professional community partners were able to share their observations, social concerns, and hopes for the community.

ARTLINK WORKSHOP BY ART OUTREACH SINGAPORE (Bedok)

June 2018

Using multiple mediums, the children created art pieces to express themselves and learnt more about their emotions through a 5-day workshop. They also took a trip down to the various MRT stations to learn more about local artworks featured there.

HARI RAYA FREE MARKET (Bedok)

June 2018

In celebration of Hari Raya, clients attended our very first Hari Raya Free Market and were able to select from a wide range of pre-loved and purchased items which were kindly donated by members of the public. Clients also enjoyed soaking up the festive spirit by participating in fringe activities such as colouring, lucky draw and having Henna designs.

Centre Renovations (Bukit Timah)

May 2018

After 3 months of renovation, our Bukit Timah (BT) centre features a spacious, warm and inviting reception area and additional refreshed counselling rooms. TRANS BT offers serenity and a safe space amidst the bustle and stresses of life. Come, share your story with us!

Bukit Timah Primary School Groupwork - Discovering the Treasure in Me (Bukit Timah)

April 2018

The children’s team conducted 4 sessions of groupwork at Bukit Timah Primary School for 10 Primary 6 children to build their self-esteem.

Parenting Talk “Getting Pre-Schoolers Ready for Primary School” (Bedok Reservoir)

March 2018

To build relationships with the Bedok Reservoir community, TRANS FSC (Bedok Reservoir) reached out to parents of pre-schools through a workshop titled “Getting Pre-Schoolers Ready for Primary School”. The presentation and dialogue provided information to support parents navigating the education system and helped us better understand their needs.

TRANS partners NUS Department of Social Work (Bedok Reservoir)

March 2018

National University of Singapore (NUS) Social Work students had the opportunity to meet and hear from Golden ConneXion and their supporting community workers on how a real working model of community work theories, techniques and skills are put in practice. The sharing of how the group was formed, the dynamics, challenges and triumphs of community work in a block of mostly lone living seniors provided an inspiring example of how social workers have a part to play in facilitating autonomous, organic mutual caring networks that strengthens and grows itself over time. Meeting these senior residents who take pride and ownership of their community themselves was encouraging and affirming for the students. In turn, the experience of being invited by a renowned institution to speak to students resulted in members feeling affirmed for their hard work, even more empowered, confident and motivated to do more for their fellow residents.

Celebrating Life groupwork (Bukit Timah)

March 2018

TRANS celebrated the life journeys of seniors over 4 days, reflecting on and sharing significant memories and life events with each other. The 4 groupwork sessions ended off over a specially prepared tea menu that included each participant’s favourite childhood food item.

Mentoring Family Day 2018 (Bukit Timah)

March 2018

With assistance from staff and Nanyang Polytechnic interns, volunteer befrienders and mentors from the Children’s Programmes team hosted a few families for a day of meaningful interaction. While the children thoroughly enjoyed their parents as play partners, parents were filled with delight to see their children relaxed, confident and having fun with staff and helpers. Families left feeling affirmed, with a healthy snack hamper, GV movie vouchers and the children took home personalised encouragement cards penned by their volunteer mentors.

Staff Bonding 2018 (Bukit Timah and FOCUS)

March 2018

On 26th March, staff from both centres came together to forge bonds of camaraderie through amazing games and delicious food at Coffeemin, Prinsep Street.

SOCIAL WORK DAY (TFS)

March 2018

Staff across centres celebrated social work day together by learning the art of decoupage and spending time in reflection and sharing with fellow colleagues.

SENTOSA GIVES 2018 (Bedok)

March 2018

It was a fun day out in the sun as the children conquered their fear of heights by going through a zipline course, walked 47m above the ground on a skybridge and enjoyed the picturesque view of Sentosa in a cable car ride.

Strategic Thinking and Annual Review (STAR) retreat (Bukit Timah & FOCUS)

February 2018

14 staff from both Centres spent a full day together on 1st February at TRANS FOCUS Centre. As part of developing self and team awareness, external trainer Ms Lee Sock Kuan, utilised sandplay techniques to encourage staff expression and communication. The team then collaboratively created an art piece reflecting their hopes and wishes for the work we do.

Chinese New Year (CNY) Celebration 2018 (FOCUS)

February 2018

TRANS FOCUS Centre seniors celebrated Chinese Year in the centre. Highlight of the celebration include Exchanges of CNY greetings, “Loi Hei”, Ukulele cum Singing performance and group games.

HAPPY HEALTHY HOUR ROJAK ACTIVITY (Bedok)

January 2018

Just like how the process of Rojak requires a lot of mixing and combination of flavours, our seniors contributed in their own ways in providing the various ingredients and worked together despite their differences to make their very own delicious rojak.

Family Violence Working Group ( FVWG) Outreach @ Pasir Ris East CC (SAFE)

January 2018

This is a family violence public education and outreach event for residents in the Pasir Ris East district. The Bedok Regional FVWG rode on the Annual Edusave Merit and Bursary award ceremony held at the Pasir Ris East Community Club on 27 and 28 January 2018, where about 1618 students received their award. A booth was set up just outside the auditorium where posters, brochures, collaterals on family violence were exhibited and distributed. The spin-the-wheel segment was popular and drew the attention of the public as they were able to win prizes in the process. Along with fellow representatives from the FVWG, Senior Counsellor Danny Wong from TRANS SAFE Centre took the opportunity to engage the public – mostly families with children who attended the award ceremony – and gave out information on family violence as well as resources for help-seeking.

HAPPY HEALTHY HOUR YEAR END PARTY (Bedok)

December 2017

The seniors ended off the year with a bang by participating in fun exercises, karaoke singing, bingo and a scrumptious lunch.

Happy Healthy Hour MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL CELEBRATION (Bedok)

September 2017

In celebration of the mid-autumn festival, the seniors enjoyed creating a 3-dimensional paper bunny craft. Thanks to the staff, the seniors were also able to travel back in time and take some photographs with our very own chang-ers!

PHOTO COLLAGE ACTIVITY

August 2017

Our seniors shared a few laughs as they recalled the many enjoyable activities that were conducted last year while creating beautiful photo collages together.

TRANS FAMILY SERVICES APPRECIATION LUNCH 2017

July 2017

This year we adopted a glitz and glam theme to celebrate the contributions made by our volunteers and partners who have created a positive difference in the lives of our beneficiaries. It was an occasion filled with fun and laughter.

Outreach by TRANS Family Service Centre (Bedok Reservoir)

July 2017

The team kickstarted their synergistic efforts in serving the residents of Bedok Reservoir by actively engaging in various community outreaches with the intention of introducing our services to the residents and to have a more in-depth community sensing. The team took part in 3 outreach events organised by community stakeholders such as Aljunied-Hougang Town Council and Eunos Constituency Office. Additionally, the team embarked on multiple community walks around Bedok Reservoir.

The Beginning of TRANS Family Service Centre (Bedok Reservoir)

June 2017

On 15 June 2017, TRANS Family Service Centre (Bedok Reservoir) opened its doors to the residents of Bedok Reservoir. All ready to start serving the community, let us reminisce over the days when the centre was just a space under the block undergoing construction before it finally emerged as a centre. It was officially opened with a symbolic ceremony joined by our CEO, Management Committee and colleagues from the other centres!

ANNUAL TFS RETREAT

March 2017

The annual TRANS Family Services retreat provided a platform for staff from all centres to connect and fortify bonds amongst one another. Staff learned to effectively perform as a team and overcome challenges together as well.

VOLUNTEER OUTREACH

March 2017

Sharing our services over ice cream and milkshake, TRANS FSC (Bedok) staff and volunteers outreached to residents and invited those interested to join us as volunteers.

RIVER SAFARI OUTING

March 2017

36 Elderly had a splashing good time at River Safari as they viewed wildlife and had fun with volunteers exploring the park.

TERRARIUM WORKSHOP

March 2017

The elderly put on their green thumbs as they created their own terrariums adorned with lush plants and beautiful decorations.

GAME SHOW ACTIVITY

February 2017

The seniors were challenged in their knowledge of household products and their prices in a game-show inspired activity.

FAMILY LUNCH OUTING

December 2016

Through a buffet lunch organised by TRANS FSC (Bedok), staff, volunteers and families bond over food and fun.

FIDGETS @ GRANDSTAND OUTING

December 2016

Through the kind sponsorship of Little Arts Academy, 30 children from TRANS FSC(Bedok) had a fabulous time at the Fidgets @Grandstand.

HANDS SCULPTURE

November 2016

Thanks to the WeCare Arts fund, our seniors created their own mini sculpture using paper clay over a span of a few sessions.

FAMILY LABRADOR OUTING

November 2016

A group of National Institute of Education undergrads organised an outing for 15 families of TRANS FSC(Bedok) for the latter to enjoy quality bonding time and affirmation from one another. It was a heart-warming, meaningful and enjoyable event for the families.

MID AUTUMN FESTIVAL AT HAPPY HEALTHY HOUR

September 2016

At the Mid Autumn Festival celebration, our seniors pitted their wits in a friendly game to guess the riddles. Kudos to both seniors and volunteers for making this event a success!

SENTOSA OUTING

September 2016

Our children from TRANS FSC (Bedok) enjoyed their fun-filled outing at Sentosa, packed with games and activities specially organized by Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) for them.

Performance by Necessary Stage

September 2016

Our seniors of Happy Healthy Hour were treated to an entertaining performance by The Necessary Stage on the prevention of mosquito breeding.It was a timely reminder that everyone has a role to play to ensure the safety and well-being of the community.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

September 2016

Staff of both TRANS FSC (Bukit Timah) and TRANS FOCUS Centre were busy reaching out to residents of Toh Yi from their booth at a carnival (‘Super Saturday’) organized by HDB and the Toh Yi RC.

TRANS FAMILY SERVICES APPRECIATION EVENT

August 2016

Our annual Appreciation Lunch for staff, volunteers and community partners, all of whom have made a difference in the lives of our clients in the past year. It was a cherished occasion for all to come together to bond over food and games and have fun.

NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION AT HAPPY HEALTHY HOUR

August 2016

Our seniors joyfully participated in the celebration by building a Singapore Flag through meticulous origami folding.

NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION AT FOCUS

August 2016

FOCUS seniors celebrated National Day with our Guest-of-Honour, Ms Sim Ann.

HARI RAYA CELEBRATION AT HAPPY HEALTHY HOUR

July 2016

Seniors donned the traditional costumes during the Hari Raya festive celebration as they learn to appreciate the unique elements in the different cultures.

BAKE FOR SMILES

June 2016

Thanks to our sponsor, Bake for Smiles, our children from TRANS FSC (Bedok) learnt how to bake cupcakes and brought their lovely edible creations back to share with their families.

VOLUNTEER AND STAFF BONDING

June 2016

25 volunteers and staff of TRANS FOCUS Centre bonded over pottery at Dragon Kiln and Pottery Jungle.

TRIPLE P (POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAMME)

May 2016

Empowered participants at the Positive Parenting Programme ran by TRANS SAFE Centre from May to July.

DUCK TOUR OUTING

May 2016

60 seniors from TRANS FOCUS Centre on a Duck Tour adventure.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

March 2016

TRANS FSC (Bukit Timah) and TRANS FOCUS Centre held a joint door-to-door outreach effort to 79 households

SOCIAL WORK DAY

March 2016

Staff from across all our centres came together to commemorate Social Work Day 2016 to recharge and reflect on our journey as helping professionals.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AT HAPPY HEALTHY HOUR

February 2016

Residents of all ages and ethnicity celebrated Chinese New Year together.

BRIEFING ON MANAGEMENT OF ELDER ABUSE

February 2016

TRANS SAFE Centre conducted a briefing on the Management of Elder Abuse at Nanyang Polytechnic to a group of students who are doing their Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Gerontology).

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AT FOCUS

February 2016

To promote active volunteerism, 23 senior volunteers were mobilized to assist in areas such as registration, ushering, emceeing, games,

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF TRANS FOCUS CENTRE

September 2015

TRANS FOCUS Centre was officially launched by Guest-of-Honour, Ms Sim Ann on 19 September 2015.