Senior volunteers create e-learning programme
RSVP Singapore launches e-learning module to encourage seniors to learn and embrace technology.
Voluntary welfare organisation (VWO) RSVP Singapore has developed an e-learning programme with senior volunteers and staff. The first of its kind, the programme aims to encourage seniors to take ownership of their learning while embracing the use of technology.
Details were shared during the opening ceremony of the National Senior Volunteer Month (NSVM) late August at Yio Chu Kang Community Club, which was graced by Dr Koh Poh Koon, Minister of State for Ministry of National Development & Ministry of Trade and Industry and MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC.
The pilot e-learning module under “RSVP E-Learn” is titled “Be an Effective Volunteer”, which spans 20 minutes and is based on content already developed by RSVP Singapore. It helps volunteers understand the importance and purpose of volunteering. The e-learning module is also a call-to-action for volunteers to progress in their learning and register for other current modules offered by RSVP Singapore.
Shared 56-year-old RSVP Singapore volunteer, Josephine Ho: “We customised the content for an e-learning platform so as to encourage seniors to take initiative to learn at their own time and pace, and to enjoy the experience of learning through a different medium.”
Added another volunteer, Ong Han Min, 61, “I oversaw the technical aspect of customising the content. To me, it was important that the content was presented in an engaging manner and seniors who are not confident in using technology find it easy to navigate the platform.” The VWO also has non-e-learning modules including half-day workshops on elements of an effective team, dealing with awkward situations, effective communication, empathetic listening and counselling older adults.
Also, during the opening ceremony, RSVP Singapore unveiled its plan to develop its senior volunteers through 3R’s – Relearn, Renew and Recharge – to empower them in maintaining a sustainable learning journey through volunteering and training. Relearn involves senior volunteers being educated on how to train other seniors; renew is about getting past volunteers to return and volunteer; and recharge is providing a platform for long-term senior volunteers to recharge and network with like-minded individuals.
President of RSVP Singapore Koh Juay Meng said, “We want to enable Singaporeans to grow older with confidence. Singapore has a rapidly ageing population hence it becomes more and more important for us to promote active and successful ageing among our seniors.
“We have leveraged technology for ‘RSVP E-learn’ and developed a structure to recruit and retain our senior volunteers through the 3R’s. In time, we hope to work towards a national movement to promote active ageing and senior volunteerism.”
Volunteers keen to register for the e-learning programme may do so through RSVP Singapore’s hotline at 6259 0802.