volunteers have praised the National Volunteer Centre's plans to
develop a Volunteer Management System to recruit and retain
They feel such a system is sorely needed to address the low level of
volunteerism in Singapore.
It is a day out for children from the Movement for the
Intellectually Disabled, put together by the NUS Students' Union
Volunteer Action Committee.
And in order to bring out the best in these volunteers, Volunteer
Coordinator Mervyn Sek feels the Volunteer Management
System needs to recommend training as a top priority.
"A lot of voluntary welfare organisations lack financial resources
necessary to provide adequate training and orientation for
volunteers. This is crucial because a lot of volunteers come in and
they lack the necessary education of how to provide total care and
service to the beneficiaries. So I believe with proper training, we
are able to retain more volunteers and in fact, sustain volunteerism
Other suggestions include getting new volunteers to learn from their
more experienced seniors, or having activities so volunteers can
interact better among themselves.
The Volunteer Management System has been hailed as the answer to
giving volunteers a career path, and a more professional job to do.
YMCA volunteer Ranny Choo, says that makes "matching" them to their
interests very important.
"From my experience, I guess it's the lack of system whereby the
volunteers can get to know more about which area they're interested
in. That actually is one of the key aspect in retaining their
interest. If they're doing something that they are interested in,
then they would be more motivated to help out and probably they will
Many volunteers also feel that the seeds of volunteerism are usually
planted in the young, and have asked that the Community Involvement
Programme in Secondary Schools be expanded.