Mr Tan Swee Chiew, Volunteer

November 13, 2018

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“I discovered Epworth Community Services through the SGCares volunteering portal in 2013 and started volunteering with them in their ‘Say No to Gambling’ roadshows in schools. I was also involved in their after-school care at one of Epworth Student Care Centres during the school holiday to help with the children’s homework.  As I believe that reading is important to a young person’s development, I went on to be trained as a KidsRead volunteer. Through Epworth Community Services’s regular volunteer emails, I found out that Epworth Community Services has a kidsREAD club under Epworth Literacy Centre. I have been with them for a year now, and I enjoy my time with the children despite the challenges of getting to know a child and motivating him or her to read with me. The experience is very enriching as it requires patience, empathy, and most importantly, respect for the child. At KidsRead, we encourage the children to share their life experiences.  It could be as simple as what they saw and felt during a recent family outing. We encourage them to befriend and read to one another. Reading is more than recognizing the words on the pages as it requires the child to personally relate to the story. Therefore, we try to make the story come alive to spark their imagination. We hope that through this process the children can develop a love for reading.”


The important work of Epworth Community Services is funded primarily by generous well- wishers who strongly believe in our cause.

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