Volunteer FAQs

Volunteer FAQs

In this section, we address some of the questions you may ask when deciding whether to take on volunteer work in Singapore.

Yes, we do consider such requests. You may wish to contact us at 6753 7331 or email to cvr@childrensociety.org.sg, providing your particulars such as age, occupational status, organisation, group size, frequency of voluntary service, the nature of activities you wish to organise, etc.

Yes. Regular volunteers involved in direct service delivery with our beneficiaries such as children, youth and families will receive training and supervision, and where appropriate, ad hoc project volunteers will also be trained.

Volunteers who are involved in direct service (i.e. volunteers who work directly with children, youth or families) will first have to undergo an interview. Once that is cleared, they will undergo a security screening conducted by Singapore Children’s Society or the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). This screening procedure will take approximately one month.

We generally hope that our volunteers will be able to commit for a minimum period of six months to one year. However, we also have projects and events which are suitable for people who wish to volunteer on an ad hoc or one-time basis e.g. fundraising events.

Not to worry about being a newbie. There is training and supervision provided by our staff. We invite you to talk with our volunteer coordinators who can advise you on an appropriate placement. New volunteers can also try out in areas which can draw on your expertise, talents and interests.

We generally do not encourage parents to bring along their children especially very young ones. This is to avoid any possible conflict of interest that may arise in the course of volunteering. If you have any concerns in this area, you may wish to discuss this with your Centre’s volunteer coordinator.

You may want to consider your preference for working with children or youth, available timings, i.e. time of the day and which day of the week, whether your significant others support your wish to volunteer, duration of service, sedentary or physically active preference, preference to work in a group with other volunteers or otherwise, as well as your knowledge, skills and interests.

We invite you to have a chat with our Centres’ volunteer coordinators to discuss your concerns.

Generally, our volunteers have to be at least 18 years of age. However, we do have volunteering programmes that are suitable for younger volunteers. You may want to discuss with our volunteer coordinators on these opportunities.

Of course, you can volunteer. We appreciate any skills and expertise that you can share with our children.

You have already started by taking the first step to make enquiries. Our volunteer coordinator can arrange to meet up with you to discuss our needs and your concerns.

Children’s Society welcomes compassionate volunteers who join us in bringing relief and happiness to our beneficiaries. For the best interests of our beneficiaries, we request volunteers to kindly observe our code of conduct for volunteers. Please click here to download our Code of Conduct for Volunteers.