During their International Women’s Day Celebration, CAL came together with the People’s Association Women’s Integration Network (WIN) Council to honor and celebrate female caregivers. The event, which was held at the Lifelong Learning Institute, saw 150 Women's Executive Committee (WEC) members come together, including some who were caregivers themselves.
In collaboration with the PA WIN Council and National Council of Social Services, CAL is part of the WIN Caregivers Network - a project that seeks to actively reach out to and support caregivers in the community.
Mdm Samantha Wong, Chairman of WIN Council, delivered the welcome address, followed by a speech by Guest-of-Honour Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment & Ministry of Transport. Dr Khor also serves as Adviser to the WIN Council.
The first seminar of the event, "Women and Caregiving," featured a talk by CAL CEO Tim Lee about the organisation's mission in supporting mental health caregivers. He also discussed how community-led engagement initiatives could provide caregivers with the respite they need. He was later joined by CAL’s Head of Engagement to Empowerment Karen Poh and caregiver volunteer-in-training Chin Yeok Tsui in an engaging panel with WEC members who were also caregivers. Yeok Tsui previously attended CAL’s C2C-PMHI programme at Henderson-Dawson Community Centre and continued to journey with the Caregivers-4-Caregivers Parent Support Group.
Through the WIN Caregivers Network, we hope to continue creating opportunities for caregivers to connect with one another in their neighbourhoods, providing much-needed support for each other through their journeys.