Social interaction is critical, especially in one’s later years, as it generates a sense of belonging and well-being. The Outing for Seniors Community Impact Fund was started by Mr and Mrs William Bird in 2009 to enable seniors with medical conditions or mobility challenges to enjoy being out and hopefully reduce their sense of social isolation.
Through the Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS), the Birds had visited some beneficiaries and found it a “humbling and enlightening experience”. “From our visits, we realised how little contact many of these seniors had with the outside world because of their medical conditions or immobility, or in some cases the total absence of any attention from family members of friends. Their loneliness and quiet despair were palpable.”
Managed by CFS, the fund enables charitable organisations to bring frail seniors – many wheelchair bound – on regular, organised excursions to attractions such as museums, Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer, River Safari or even supermarkets. The fund covers admission costs as well as transportation and refreshments and all residential care institutions are eligible to apply for it.
This initiative has since expanded from a donor advised fund to a community impact fund. Showcasing the power of collective action, the fund has brought over 15,000 seniors on more than 1,000 outings.
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Outing for Seniors Community Impact Fund
Grant Application (April 2020 to March 2021)
The grant application for Outing for Seniors Community Impact Fund is now open. Interested parties are invited to apply for funding to organise outings for seniors living in residential care institutions. For information regarding the eligibility criteria and application process, please download the guidelines and application form.
The closing date for submission of grant requests is 14 February 2020, 6 pm.
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