St.John's-St.Margaret's Church

Volunteering at SJSM Village

Interest groups currently running:

Our volunteers are valued members of the SJSM Village, and currently, we’re actively serving at our nursing home community. By signing up to volunteer with us, you’ll be bringing joy to the nursing home residents, families & staff. What’s more is you will have the chance to encounter meaningful experiences and enriching the lives of the people around us.

  • Pastoral Befriending

    You will be befriending residents of the nursing home, offering them a listening ear, providing companionship, and showing them loving care and concern. As some residents do not frequently receive visitors, your smile and friendship will brighten their day! You’ll be provided with befriender training and support. To establish a closer and warm-hearted relationship between you and resident, we would especially appreciate volunteers who can commit to a minimum frequency of monthly visits.


    For queries, email Revd Dino at or call 62630337

  • Group Exercise

    You will be engaging and persuading residents to have fun and stay physically active through leading and encouraging them to partake in exercise and sing-alongs – usually guided by an exercise video. On occasion, you’ll also introduce and organise simple games to the residents to develop eye, limb, hand and brain coordination.

    Usually helmed by 3 volunteers, exercise sessions are conducted weekly on weekdays, from 3 to 4PM.


  • Sensory Art & Craft

    You will be a member of our group that encourages the use of the five senses of the residents through art and craft. You do not have to be an experienced artist to assist residents in creating their masterpieces as there’ll be a group leader who will facilitate the sessions. We look for passionate, patient and willing hearts in our volunteers to partner the residents during these sessions.


    Such work allows residents to exercise their fine motor skills and experience a sense of achievement when a project is completed. The completed art pieces will also be used brighten up the individual living spaces and the overall nursing home!

  • Music & Movement

    You will be helping to organise and engage residents in listening and moving to music, which will employ various muscle memories that would otherwise be under-utilized. Familiar songs of different languages and dialects, and oldies from the 60s and 70s will be played while the residents move their limbs and bodies to choreographed gentle movements at our half-hour session. Musical percussion instruments, such as, tambourines and shakers will also be incorporated into the activity.


    You will be actively engaged to:

    (1) Observe the activity and render help when necessary

    (2) Encourage residents to participate in the movements by assisting and guiding them

    (3) Instruct and conduct the activity


    Day and time of activity:

    (1) Thursdays and Fridays: 2.30 to 4PM

    (2) Other weekday afternoons (to be confirmed): 2.30PM-4PM


    For more information, please contact Jiuan Jiuan (IC) at 97635391 or

  • Cooking & Baking

    GraceKitchen is a group of SJSMers who bake and cook to bless residents and staff of the nursing home. We bake treats using tested recipes for all residents and staff during festive occasions, such as Easter, Christmas and Nurse’s Day.


    We’re looking for bakers and cooks who would like to:

    (1) Bake or cook treats at your home to be delivered to the nursing home

    (2) Join a team to go into the nursing home on a weekday to bake/cook with a small group of residents


    You can also help us by:

    (1) Joining as a driver to collect and deliver goodies to the nursing home

    (2) Contribute funds for the bakes/cook outs

    For more information, you may contact Li Huan (IC) at 90045660 or at

  • PawFriends (Animal Interaction)

    If you have a calm and sweet-natured dog or cat that enjoys interacting with humans, we invite you to join our group of pet therapy volunteers. We bring cheer to the residents by using our pets as a bridge to connect with them. As some of the residents have dementia, we have observed that interaction with our pets (e.g. petting them, playing ‘fetch’, getting our pets to perform tricks, etc.) will also encourage the residents to engage their social, physical and mental capacities more, thereby empowering them over their condition. Pet interaction sessions are held on a weekday between 2PM and 4PM.

  • Hair-cutting

    If you possess some basic hair-cutting skills, we want you! Help improve our residents' grooming by offering them a fresh haircut.


    Monthly hair-cutting sessions are held on weekends between 2pm to 4.30pm. Barber kits are provided.

Sign up to be a volunteer:


Found something for you in our currently running interest groups or can’t find  of your choice? Regardless, we warmly welcome volunteers with diverse experiences, skills & walks of life so follow the link to our sign-up form & we’ll be happy to connect


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Contact Ryan Liu (Assistant Manager, Volunteer Management) for more information: or call 64307573


Contact Information

Tel:          67770934 (24 hours)


Address:  St.John's-St.Margaret's Church

               30 Dover Avenue, Singapore 139790

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