Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled (BHID) is a residential home specially built to create a conducive environment for people with intellectual disabilities and age between 16 to 55 years old. With rooms beautifully decorated with colourful murals, the home provides a community setting which encourages social interaction and training of pre-vocational skills.
What We Do
The Intellectually Disabled are people who may tend to learn skills at a slower pace, depending on their types of intellectual disabilities. Hence, instead of thinking that they need help in handling tasks, we can help them to empower themselves by having activities that encourage independence and ownership. Thus, at NUS CSC @ Bishan Home, we aim to provide a cosy environment for our volunteers and beneficiaries to befriend with one another, learn new skills and have fun together. As such, we as volunteers can do our part by raising the public’s awareness of the Intellectually Disabled and help to remove people’s misconceptions about our clients. It is hoped that we do not just paint smiles on our beneficiaries and volunteers’ faces, but help to integrate the Intellectually Disabled into our society too.
Water Games Day
To achieve the objectives above, weekly visits are conducted where the main committee will come up with fun activities with different themes for each regular visit. Volunteers are encouraged to contribute ideas too! Some of the exciting programmes are like art and craft, storytelling, aesthetics, education, life skills, sports and obstacle courses. Reflection sharing sessions are held after every visit to allow volunteers to think and share about their takeaways for the day. Our Facebook page is updated regularly to raise the public’s awareness of the Intellectually Disabled too!
On top of our regular visits, we conduct festive celebrations (Christmas Day etc.), water games day, food making sessions and major outings where we recruit sub-committee members from our volunteer pool to plan and execute these activities. Not to forget our volunteer appreciation parties held each semester to thank our volunteers for their time and heart volunteering at BHID!
Major Outing at Sea Aquarium
Major outing at Butterfly and Insect Kingdom
Come Join Us!
At the start, communication with buddies may seem to be a tough job due to the lack of skills to interact with buddies whom may have troubles expressing themselves fluently. However, there is a first time to everything. As long as you persevere with sincerity and the heart to truly know them better, they will slowly warm up to you. There are always senior volunteers around to guide newcomers along too! Never feel shy to ask questions.
“Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help” – Heather French Henry”
Bishan Street 13
Next to Zion Bible Presbyterian Church
Every Saturday, 10AM - 12PM