“There is no greater reward than working from your heart, and making a difference in the world” – Carlos Santana
To date, we have conducted numerous educational and outreach programmes to create public awareness of cancer and how to prevent it. Yet, the fight against cancer is only complete with the participation of volunteers who dedicate their time and skills to help patients on their long, strenuous journey to recovery.
Volunteers form an indispensable part of the NCIS family and we are always on the lookout for people who wish to connect with both patients and survivors. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life who have something to share. Just a few hours of your time could make a big difference to the lives of our cancer patients here.
How You Can Help?
There are various kinds of volunteer opportunities at the NCIS, and these range from advocacy and awareness events to care and support programmes such as:
Public Education and Community Outreach
There are various volunteer opportunities in the regular NCIS organised cancer awareness roadshows and public education activities in the community. At the NCIS, we believe that empowering the public with the right knowledge on cancer prevention and screening will accelerate the efforts in the fight against cancer.
An initiative by our Nasopharyngeal Cancer (NPC) oneHeart Support Group, this programme targets newly diagnosed head and neck cancer patients and their caregivers and aims to create a supportive and encouraging environment for participants and their Befrienders to chat in private. The Befrienders from the support group volunteer their time to provide support, care, sharing of their own experiences and advice on coping strategies to issues that newly diagnosed head and neck cancer patients and their caregivers face. If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver to a cancer patient and will like to join as a ‘Befriender’, please click here for more information.
A new initiative to help NCIS patients with advanced cancers achieve their dreams, this programme aims to improve the quality of lives of patients beyond just clinical care. It will be supported by a group of volunteers comprising of doctors, healthcare professionals, corporate bodies and also ordinary people from all walks of life who are passionate in helping cancer patients achieve their dreams. Other than volunteering to be a “Dream Maker” who is involved in organising and planning to help make our patients’ dreams come true, there are also various other volunteer opportunities for the programme.
Patient Supportive Care Programmes
At our Health Resource Centre located at the NUH Medical Centre Level 10, we organise various supportive care programmes to help our cancer patients better cope with their disease. One of the programmes helmed by volunteers is the craft workshops for our cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers. In these workshops conducted bi-monthly and during the festive seasons like Christmas and Chinese New Year, volunteers teach our patients, survivors and caregivers on jewellery making and creating simple crafts such as Christmas cards, Chinese New Year lanterns or simple decorative items.
If you are interested in participating in any one of the programmes above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to welcoming you in participating in one of our programmes that best suits your personality, interests or skills and talents. If you can’t find a current listed programme above that you will like to volunteer for, do feel free to email us for more information as well.
Volunteering is a highly-rewarding experience, and the benefits are endless. If you are a student, an opportunity like this helps to strengthen your CV. As a working professional, you can share your expertise at NCIS, pick up new skills and connect with new like-minded people.
Whether you are new to volunteering or already experienced, there are no limits to how you can contribute your time.
Read stories of volunteers who have opened their hearts and the hearts of others to make a difference.
"I’ll say go for it! Don’t be afraid of accepting a new challenge or a little change in your life. Volunteering at NCIS just might become one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve ever had."
“KRV’s Christmas event allowed me an opportunity to interact not just with cancer patients at NCIS but their caregivers and family members as well. Learning more about their journeys as cancer fighters was touching and inspirational and I’ll definitely volunteer again.”