Photo credit: Soka Gakkai Singapore

4th October 2022

Soka Volunteers Group Supports Vulnerable Community Members in Singapore

  • Humanitarian relief

Formed on 25 March 2004, the Soka Volunteers Group (SVG) in Singapore consists of approximately 250 volunteers who support community events and participate in activities with various local volunteer groups to assist vulnerable members of Singapore society. The group has aimed to build friendships and contribute to the well-being of society and individuals through wide-ranging community service, reflecting their motto, “Compassion, Consideration, Commitment.”

Since August 2005, a group of 30 SVG members has volunteered every month at the Dover Park Hospice, which provides care to the terminally ill. In addition, since 2014, SVG members have aided patients and visitors at the Singapore General Hospital by accompanying patients who require assistance. In 2019, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Agency for Integrated Care, Soka Gakkai Singapore (SGS) launched a befriending program that reaches out to senior citizens at risk of social isolation.

SVG members volunteering in Project Refresh | Photo credit: Soka Gakkai Singapore

More recently, on 23 April 2022, SVG members joined volunteers from the North East Community Development Council (NECDC) in Project Refresh, helping to declutter, paint and decorate seniors’ homes for the Hari Raya festivities during Ramadan. Project Refresh aims to improve the living environments of seniors and low-income families through refurbishment efforts, including fumigation and decluttering. Additionally, SGS’s Soka Ambassador and SVG members distributed care packages of essential items to senior citizens living alone and spent time with them.

In addition to the group’s own community service initiatives, SVG has collaborated for many years with SPD, a local NGO that helps people with disabilities of all ages to maximize their potential. Since 2016, SVG members have carried out activities at SPD’s Toa Payoh Day Care Centre and accompanied elderly individuals on outings.

View a short video on the latest activities of Project Refresh.