05/2017 Updates | SPD - Singapore

05/2017 Updates

Jeffrey Chin: A tribute to a dear friend and colleague

Jeffrey Chin: A tribute to a dear friend and colleague

31 May 2017

We are profoundly saddened by the sudden demise of Jeffrey Chin, a member of SPD’s senior management team. Jeffrey passed away peacefully on 30 May. Jeffrey brought with him valuable sector knowledge and a passion to better the lives of people with disabilities when he joined SPD on 6 February 2012 as Assistant Director of Rehabilitation Services. He was a bright spark who shone brightly in his role and was quickly promoted to Senior Assistant Director in July 2013, and to Deputy Director of Adults and Elderly Services in July 2015.

Strategies to Cope with Caregiver Stress

Strategies to Cope with Caregiver Stress

26 May 2017

Clemaus Lim, senior manager of the Community & Social Service Department which runs the Specialised Case Management Programme (SCMP), sheds light on the stress that caregivers feel resulting from taking care of their charges, and strategies that can help them cope better.

Breaking Barriers to a Productive Life

Breaking Barriers to a Productive Life

26 May 2017

The SPD Sheltered Workshop is a supervised environment filled with optimism and community spirit. May Chan and many other persons with disabilities receive training and achieve some measure of self-reliance engaging in contract work secured from commercial organisations, while at the same time contributing to the society in small but important ways. We look into the work provided at the Sheltered Workshop.

In Conversation with Senior Trainer, Lim Yee Ming

In Conversation with Senior Trainer, Lim Yee Ming

26 May 2017

Over a morning chat, senior advocacy analyst Poh Sho Siam spoke to our senior trainer, Lim Yee Ming, who shared his passion for his job, looking back at the 10 years he spent helping to enable people with disabilities in SPD.

Letter on Being Caught in a Catch-22 Situation as Charities Try to Improve Governance

Letter on Being Caught in a Catch-22 Situation as Charities Try to Improve Governance

12 May 2017

Voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) are working to build strong systems and processes to improve governance practices. However, there are some challenges VWOs face in this area. Abhimanyau Pal, executive director of SPD, writes about the obstacles encountered by VWOs in the journey to fortify governance practices in the organisations.

A Mother’s Heart: Mdm Doris Lai

A Mother’s Heart: Mdm Doris Lai

12 May 2017

As Mother's Day inches closer, we sat down for a chat with Mdm Doris Lai, a wheelchair-user and single mother of a teenaged girl who has a profound hearing problem. We got to hear the loving and supportive mother’s story - how life changed for them after an accident, and how she persevered and emerged as a strong parent for her child.

In Conversation with Occupational Therapist, Dawn Ching

In Conversation with Occupational Therapist, Dawn Ching

12 May 2017

The job scope of an occupational therapist ranges from enhancing physical and psychological functions and facilitating independent living to improving the lives of people with disabilities (PWD) or special needs. Under the SPD Therapy Hub arrangement, Dawn Ching supports SASCO DACE, a dementia daycare centre catering to the elderly with cognitive impairments. We speak to Dawn on her responsibilities as an occupational therapist and what motivates and spurs her on in her work.