Caregivers face challenges and multiple stresses physically, emotionally and financially. Those who have been through the caregiving journey can share relevant experiences and inspiring stories to give new caregivers encouragement and hope. By contributing to a supportive learning environment for caregivers to become mentors, seasoned caregivers will not only find companions to share their journey with, but also will find that their caregiving skills can be enhanced, interpersonal communication skills developed and thus increase their confidence and motivation in their own caregiving journey.
Caregivers can be inspiring and your story can give others much encouragement and hope – such as these recipients of in the Model Caregiver Awards (AWWA), Singapore Health Inspirational Patient and Caregiver Awards. For more inspiring stories relating to persons with disabilities, check out our Stories page.
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Mentor Training
The P2P Mentor Training is a 2-day workshop that trains and equips caregivers to be mentors and deliver better peer support to fellow caregivers. This training is targeted at caregivers who:
Some of the objectives of this training include enabling participants to:
If you are interested to attend or would like to recommend any suitable caregiver for this training, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mediacorp Enable Fund (MEF)
The Mediacorp Enable Fund (MEF) aims to develop a society where persons with disabilities are recognised for their abilities and able to lead full, socially integrated lives. MEF recognises that caregivers are the first line of support for persons with disabilities and critical in helping persons with disabilities be included in the community. It is therefore critical to support caregivers for best outcomes for persons with disabilities.
MEF (Community Support - Caregivers) provides up to $5,000 per project to organisations or groups (with a minimum of 4 individuals) that are keen to support caregivers of persons with disabilities. The proposed project should promote sustained engagement among caregivers and benefit a minimum of 10 caregivers in at least one of the following areas:
- Well-being (physical and/or mental)
- Knowledge or skills
- Community integration
If you are interested to apply or find out more about MEF, please write to email@example.com
MEF-supported Initiative: Care Carnival
Care Carnival was a unique caregiver-led initiative, with the mission to connect, enable and empower caregivers through sharing of evidence-based knowledge and practices, and building of mutually rewarding and synergistic partnerships with professional bodies, community partners and stakeholders. The carnival was held on 30 November 2019 at the Enabling Village.
Over 250 caregivers and children with special needs attended the Care Carnival at the Enabling Village. The event speaker was Professor Robin McWilliam, a professor of special education at the University of Alabama, who shared early intervention strategies to help children learn naturally at home and improve family satisfaction with daily living routines. A useful resource of this routine based intervention implemented in Singapore can be found in the ECHO framework.
Participants connected with caregiver support groups and inclusive interest-based activity providers, and took part in focus group discussions with professional representatives and community stakeholders.
This inaugural caregiver-led event was co-sponsored by SG Enable, MEF, Lien Foundation and supported by more than 30 community partners and caregiver support groups. Check out the list of inclusive activity providers and resources from the Care Carnival.
It was a successful event and the caregivers valued the opportunity to share information and network with other caregivers. They feel more supported and empowered and look forward to more opportunities to connect with other caregivers and network with professionals from the special needs community.