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Volunteering. SSLD
September – November 2012

By Linus C. F. Ip & Sherlyn Hu
Based on SSLD Model by Dr. Ka Tat Tsang

Our Comfort Agreement
Be on time. It is unfair to people who are punctual if you arrive late.
Respect the diverse comments and lived experiences in this room
Do our weekly homework
Learning is a continuous process, requiring:
Partners (e.g. the facilitators, peers, service users, etc)

What do we want to see happening to improve seniors’ quality of life?
Matching between senior and services
Intangible and tangible support to clients, client family
Seniors to be independent; e.g. able to find relevant information
Home visit is important, to decrease social isolation of seniors
Language support is important; e.g. interpretation services
Seniors’ mental wellness
Seniors can
access services and information they need
stay connected to a senior-friendly community
be independent & self-directed
feel good about themselves

What are you willing to do to make these changes possible?
Fulfill 80 hours of volunteering voluntarily
Volunteer more, after work

Our Capacities
In our small groups…

Good use of space
Washing the dishes
Good listener
Line dance
Entertain others
Organizing and arranging


Good at researching for medical and nutrition information
Can teach seniors
Strong listener
Bring enjoyment and pleasure to people


Good listener
Crisis intervention
We Do

What has happened since?

SSLD Model of Volunteer Development

The SSLD approach

Our Characteristics
Everyone stands up
Facilitator to name characteristics of our group members one by one
If you have the characteristic named, come out to the centre of the room. If not, stay outside
People in the centre will get one point. Record points with your fingers

Warm-up Game
Volunteer N3C

Our Characteristics
Let’s line up in the room according to the number of points you have
Interview the people:
People who are the majority
People who are the minority
People who share many commonalities with others
People with more unique characteristics and background
Warm-up Game
Volunteer N3C

Our Characteristics
Acknowledge our characteristics (differences and commonalities):
Mother language
Places of origin (beyond H.K.)
Seniorities (e.g. Age, experience and knowledge in volunteering, etc.)
Roles in services (e.g. Front-line, management, volunteers, staff, etc.
Gender, etc.

Volunteer N3C

Our Characteristics
Reflection and Implications for service:
Who is “Chinese” ?
We vs. the Others
Understanding and respecting differences
Working with differences:
Be open. Learn what is unfamiliar to you.
Develop interest in different cultures, languages and lifestyles

Volunteer N3C

Our Circumstances
Who are we serving?
Seniors (65+, 55+, baby-boomers…)
Language: Mandarin, with dialects including Cantonese, Taishan, Hakka, Fuzhou, Chiu-chow…
Often with physical or mental health challenges due to aging
They need
Culturally- and linguistically – specific support
Positive and meaningful connections with people and the society
Autonomy (To be self-directed)
Activity and stimulations
Learning and development

Together we serve seniors in the community
Volunteer N3C

Our Learning Needs
What do we need to learn in order to better serve seniors?
Understand seniors’ N3C
Improve our knowledge & skills in serving the seniors:
Language skills (e.g. Mandarin)
Understand and respect cultures beyond our own (e.g. Cultures in different parts of China, Asia and Canada)
Understand purpose of our service
Improve skills and strategies in helping
Understand our own N3C and self-care
Mutual support and learning
Volunteer N3C

Break Time

On Self | ????

Personal Development of Volunteers

Life Review
X = Time
Y = Level of Happiness
Personal N3C

Life Review
Take turn sharing an experience at a high point in life
Take turn sharing an experience at a low point in life

Take note of: Feelings, Needs & Capacity
The Past
Personal N3C

Example of Needs

Compare the two experiences …
Energy, feelings, verbal and non-verbal communication, etc.


Reflection of personal needs

Take note of :
Feelings & Needs
Present & Future
My 3 Wishes!
Personal N3C

Reflect on Self Care
Find balance between giving to others and caring for ourselves.
Ask yourself:
Do I understand my own needs?
How am I taking care of my own needs?
Anything I can do to better meet my needs?
Review regularly
How do volunteering connect with my own N3C?
Do I need a break to take care of my needs?
Share your feelings in a supportive environment (e.g. Volunteer peer support meeting, with volunteer coordinator, etc.)
Do I need to seek professional help myself?
Personal N3C

Seniors experience many losses in old age (e.g. retirement, health problems, friends passed away, loss of mobility and functions, move away from familiar neighborhood to senior housing, etc.)
Very often they need to go through a process of life reviews as they grieve for their losses (Past) and make meanings of their lives (Past & present).
Conventional assessments and intervention often focus on seniors’ problems and deficits, paying very limited attention to their future and possibilities(e.g. Wishes, needs for stimulation, pleasure and development).
How do we support seniors to go through positive life reviews (Past), to feel good about themselves (Present), and to maintain hope and positive expectancy towards their future?

SSLD Model of Volunteer Development

Review your own life world
Try to take an action to meet your own need(s)

Feel free to connect with your learning partners.
Try it,
Get more out of it

Program Overview
Note: You shape how this program goes!

See You Next Week!