While we do our very best for our students, we understand that we need the community – everyday people like you – to come alongside them so that they can truly be “empowered and thriving in inclusive communities”. Because while we can equip our students with the skills needed to function in community, only the community can welcome them and let them know that they belong.
Getting involved can take the form of gifts of time through volunteering, or financial gifts to allow us to create more possibilities for the people we serve, or opening up spaces or opportunities you have to our students so they can thrive beyond our school gates.
As a volunteer, you can make a difference by contributing your time, expertise and experience. Your presence and even the smallest of actions can touch a life.
We have various volunteering roles that may match your skills, talents, interests or experiences:
|Skills-Based||Contribute professional or specialised skills||
|Service-Based||Work directly with our clients||
|Event-Based||Get involved in the lead-up to and during events||
Contribute professional or specialised skills
- Administrative support
- Professional support eg. dental services
- Multimedia support eg. photography, videography or copywriting.
Work directly with our clients
- Classroom support
- Ad hoc activities and outings
- Sports activities (e.g. kayaking, bowling)
- Horticulture and gardening support
- Therapy aide
- OOSH support (student care centre)
Get involved in the lead-up to and during events
- Fundraising activities
- School activities
- Logistics support
- Spring cleaning
Please email volunteering requests and proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We seek your understanding that volunteering activities will have to align with the needs of our programmes to support our students and their families.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up as a volunteer?
Please click here to register online. Our team will be most happy to contact you.
What is the criteria to be a volunteer?
Volunteers have to be at least 15 years old. Parental consent is required for those under 18 years old. Passion and enthusiasm are a big plus. We do screen all new volunteers carefully to ensure a good fit.
I'm new to volunteering. Will training be provided?
You will be given training through RC’s volunteer orientation talk and equipping modules that are relevant to your area of volunteering.
What is the level of commitment expected for classroom volunteers?
As a classroom volunteer, you have an important job! To build rapport with the students and give them a good level of consistency, we ask our classroom volunteers to commit to at least six months, on a regular day and time every week. School sessions run from 8.00am to 12.30pm, or from 1.00pm to 5.15pm.
I am usually away with my kids during their school vacations; can I take 'leave' from volunteering?
Our campuses follow the MOE school terms and holidays for primary and secondary schools.
I can only help during the weekends. Are there any opportunities to volunteer then?
Yes you can be a Good Life Befriender. You can find out more in the FAQ below.
There are also volunteer opportunities on a project or ad-hoc basis, such as National Day celebrations, Children’s Day or various school outings.
I would like to help only children with autism. Can that be arranged?
We will try our best to match your requests and suitability with our students’ needs.
Is there any insurance coverage for volunteers?
Yes, group accident insurance coverage is provided for all volunteers participating in volunteering activities.
What do Good Life Befrienders do?
Your generous gifts will help us to create more possibilities for the people we serve in these areas:
- Financial aid for students from low income families to be in early intervention and special education
- Vocational training and development opportunities
- Talent development programmes (eg, painting, photography, ceramic-making)
- Financial aid for families to benefit from support and training programmes
- Before-and-after-school student care services
- Innovation, development and research
Head, Partnership and Engagement
Please drop by our office if you would like to make a cash donation:
Rainbow Centre Headquarters
501 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149306
Our office is open from 8am to 5.30pm, Mondays to Fridays.
You may download and fill up this donation form to bring along on your visit.
We understand that education doesn’t happen only in school. So we help our older students plan for the transition from school to community, which involves students and their families in building a shared vision to maximise the students’ independence and productivity, and matching the families to resources in the community.
Together with community partners and volunteers, we can increase the options available for them to lead independent and productive lives in an inclusive community.
Some ways you can partner with us:
- Offer vocational training and work on internship opportunities
- Provide opportunities for educational visits or learning journeys
- Provide or modifying equipment and furniture
- Provide advocacy and awareness opportunities
- Participate in activities for persons with all abilities. Be it sports, the arts or recreation, there’s so much we can enjoy together in common spaces
- Enjoy a cup of great coffee and light meals at Seeds Cafe, a place designed for persons of all abilities
- Recognise that our students and any persons with disabilities are people with dreams, interests and ideas about what makes them happy and welcome them to your place of business, club, school, neighbourhood as part of the community
- Help us fundraise
- Help us sell gifts and art items by our students
Together, we can build a more inclusive community in these ways:
Understand: Bringing People Together
When we stop to listen, we can begin to understand. We bring people such as our students, their families, and the public together to hear and consider their voices.
Involve: Finding Common Interests
When we get involved, we discover the many shared interests between persons with different abilities. There’s so much we can enjoy together in common spaces.
Connect: Building Firm and Lasting Connections
By matching our students and their families to formal and informal resources in the community, their independence and productivity are maximised and they are better included in the community for the long term.