Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL) is delighted to have been conferred the President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards 2021: Organisation of Good (Non-Profit Organisation) Category. CAL’s Executive Director Tim Lee received the award from President Halimah Yacob at a ceremony held at the Istana on 11 October 2021.
Organised by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), this is the pinnacle award and platform to recognise individuals, organisations and leaders who have achieved excellence in giving.
Mr Lee said, “We are deeply honoured to be recognised for our efforts in training and supporting caregivers of persons with mental health issues. Caregivers are hidden heroes who tirelessly and sacrificially care for their loved ones. There are many who are volunteering with us and giving back to other caregivers who are struggling and burning out. We hope this win will increase awareness and support for caregivers of persons with mental health issues.”
CAL’s Caregivers-to-Caregivers (C2C) programmes teach caregivers about mental illness and treatment interventions, problem solving and communication skills. At the fully-funded 8- or 12-week programmes, they gain insight and understanding of their own emotional needs and learn how to care for themselves. Through sharing of experiences and story-telling, they learn how to cope better, and know that they are not alone.
Volunteer trainers and volunteer peer-support leaders journey with the participants through the entire course, helping to deliver the programme alongside a full-time CAL staff.
“By raising awareness around mental health literacy and the burden and challenges of caregiving, we hope to have contributed to a more compassionate and engaged society and in raising mental resilience in our City of Good,” Mr Lee said.
CAL would like to take this opportunity to extend its heartfelt appreciation to everyone that made this award possible.