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Volunteer Training Course

Complement your passion with the right skills

Our Volunteer Training Course equips you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to offer meaningful emotional support to lonely and isolated elderly individuals. This training prepares you for regular one-to-one home visits, fostering connections that make a positive impact.

What Participants Say

Yi Ru

I really enjoyed the course and it was very interactive. The training put us in the shoes of the elderly. I feel empowered as a befriender.

Erin Lim

I learnt about the definition of helping, the emphasis on process and not outcome. I also learnt about accepting and respecting the elderly despite their past behaviour.

Serene Loh

I gained deeper understanding about common concerns of elderly, and learnt about boundaries and the likely issues we may encountered during our visits.

Course Outline


1. Briefing

​We want to get to know you better! Learn more about O'Joy and what it takes to volunteer as a para-counsellor with us.

If you decide to join, you will complete a form and be called for an interview.


2. Modules

Volunteers must attend four compulsory modules - a total of sixteen hours, usually held over four Saturday afternoons.

You will learn how to listen, empathise, and engage with the elderly.

There is a one-time course fee of $100. 


Recruitment for the next Volunteer Training Course is now open.

The dates for our English volunteer training course in 2024 is finalised as follows:

  • 24 May

  • 1 June

  • 8 June

  • 14 September

Prior to the training, we would like to invite you for a briefing so that you can better understand O’Joy as an organisation and see if we are the right fit for your volunteering journey.

We have two dates of briefing for you to choose from:

  1. 20 April (Sat) from 2pm – 3pm

  2. 27 April (Sat) from 10am – 11am

All briefings will be held via ZOOM. A zoom link will be sent to you approximately a week before the briefing date you have selected.

Please express your interest via email to by 7 April, specifying your preferred briefing date.

We look forward to having you on a fulfilling volunteering journey with us!

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Ready to contribute your time and talent?

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