Dover Park Hospice
Dover Park Hospice was founded in 1992 as a secular, nonprofit organisation to meet the growing need in Singapore for hospice care for terminally-ill patients. It is Singapore’s first purpose-built hospice, designed to provide a serene environment close to nature.
Dover Park Hospice was started by volunteers, and today volunteers continue to play an integral role in all aspects of hospice work, from patient care to social activities and administrative support. They are an important complement to the permanent staff, working together for patients and their families.
Open to everyone regardless of age, race, religion or income level, Dover Park Hospice is dedicated to meeting the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who are nearing the end of life’s journey. The goal is to enhance the living, comfort the dying and support the grieving with compassion and dignity.
At Dover Park Hospice, Every Moment Matters. Since opening its doors to the first patient in 1992, we have brought care and comfort to more than 11,000 terminally-ill patients and their families through a programme of active and compassionate service.
To cover its operating expenditure which is estimated at million per year, Dover Park Hospice relies a lot on fundraising activities and kind donations from generous well-wishers and corporations.
Intended use of funds through the YFC 2018 programme
About 80% of our patients are heavily subsidised, paying only nominal sums. Our annual operating budget expenditure is estimated at million a year, of which 42% is met by government funds, while the rest is raised through donations from individuals and corporate well-wishers. 100% of the funds raised will go towards helping the beneficiaries under our care.
Engaging and involving the YFC participants
We can actively engage this group through a series of programmes.
As we rely heavily on the help of our volunteers, trainings are held every few months for our new volunteers to get to know the organisation better. If the youths are keen, they’re welcome to attend these sessions as observers.
We can also get them involved with regular activities conducted by our long-term volunteers – such as the weekly “Happy Hour”, where volunteers go around the hospice to distribute snacks and drinks to all patients, families and staff.
If there’re events and programmes during the period of their project, we will be happy to involve these youths.