Community Befriending Programme

Sip a kopi, share some laughs, make a friend. The Community Befriending Programme connects seniors in the neighbourhood. After all, who doesn't need some companionship and emotional support now and then? Most befrienders start out with a simple desire to give back to society but develop enduring friendships with their new buddies over time.


Through the Community Befriending Programme, volunteer befrienders visit seniors in their neighbourhood regularly to keep loneliness and social isolation away. At the same time, volunteer befrienders help to act as eyes and ears so that seniors’ needs can be better understood and supported.

As volunteer befrienders,they play an important role in supporting seniors to age in place in their community, and providing regular companionship and support for seniors in their golden years. Many befrienders have told us that their volunteerism gives them a sense of purpose. While they may have started out with a simple desire to give back to society, many befrienders also find that through their volunteer work, they develop a special bond with the seniors whom they befriend.

Read the stories of seniors who volunteer in the Community Befriending Programme: 

  • Mdm Chua Kit Han, 65 - 邻居当友伴送温情 独居主妇不再无助 (Lianhe Zaobao, 26 Feb 2019)
  • Mr Walter Chan Yee Cheong, 56 - Friends you can count on (The Sunday Times, 24 Feb 2019)
  • Mdm Maimunah binte Ibrahim, 59 - Nenek gembira luang masa jadi pendamping sukarela warga emas (Berita Minggu, 24 Feb 2019)
  • Mdm Krishnasamy Thanaletchumi, 68 - சமூகத்திற்கு உதவிக்கரம் நீட்டும் தம்பதி (Tamil Murasu, 24 Feb 2019)
  • Mr Tan Thiam Heong, 63 - 当社区义工 喜逢表哥 (Lianhe Zaobao, 15 Jan 2019)
  • Mdm Rukumani Subramaniam, 65 - Creating ties that bind (The Sunday Times, 13 Jan 2019)
  • Mdm Rahamah binte Moondari, 70 - Hidup lebih ceria dengan ada golongan pendamping masyarakat (Berita Minggu, 13 Jan 2019)
  • Mdm Glory Theva Nesam, 65 - நட்புறவு தந்த துடிப்பான வாழ்க்கை முறை (Tamil Murasu, 13 Jan 2019)
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