Seniors’ Life Review Through the Arts

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Fees (Please note that the fees listed are for your reference only. The final course fee may vary.)
Name Fee (Excludes GST) Fee (Includes GST)
Course fee (Local – After VCF subsidy capped at $240 per day) $ 275.70 $ 295.00
Course Fee (Before Funding) $ 500.00 $ 535.00
Course fee (Foreigner – After VCF subsidy capped at $192 per day) $ 320.56 $ 343.00


The Empowering Seniors Project is a collaboration among 15 social service organisations to collectively develop, drive and promote senior empowerment in the sector. It focuses on engagements that enhance the psychosocial well-being of seniors, which leads to positive impact on the seniors’ overall quality of life.

As part of the 3-year journey, the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and National Arts Council (NAC) co-developed the ‘Seniors’ Life Review Through the Arts’ toolkit with social service organisations including O’Joy Care Services, Lions Befrienders Service Association, AMKFSC Community Services Ltd, TSAO Foundation and Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities Limited.

The ‘Seniors’ Life Review Through the Arts’ toolkit comprises of group work activities that focuses on the empowerment of seniors from within. This toolkit training has selected 3 themes - life events, family and aspirations - to form the basis for a series of visual arts projects. Using personal art journeys and life review conversations, seniors will be able to gain better confidence to share their life stories, hopes and dreams - so as to live with dignity in a caring and inclusive society.

Target Participants:

Social workers, counsellors, case managers, centre managers, therapists and other social service professionals working with seniors or working in the eldercare sector.

The skills and knowledge for this course, which the learner is assumed to possess, are as follows:
• Be able to listen and speak English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6
• Be able to read and write English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6
• Be able to use numeracy skills equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Numeracy (WPN) Level 6

Learning Outcome:

1. Relate the concept of senior empowerment to ageing
2. Facilitate Life review conversations with seniors using ‘Seniors' Life Review Through the Arts Toolkit


Learners who meet the attendance criteria will be awarded with an electronic Certificate of Attendance from SSI. You will receive an email notification when your e-Cert is ready for download in your NCSS e-Services account.

Fee Remarks:

Applicable to eligible NCSS member/MSF-funded Social Service Agencies participants.

Trainer Profile:

Jean is a community artist who derives her energy from creating purposeful work. She is co-lead of Early Childhood Development at Lien Foundation, where she uses her interest in creative arts and community mobilisation to advocate for inclusive education and early childhood development.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Jean co-founded SUPERHERO ME, an inclusive arts movement which empowers children from less privileged and special needs communities through the arts. In 2017, Superhero Me was awarded the National Arts Council’s Seed Grant. The non-profit arts group focuses on inclusive programming, creative advocacy and strategic cross-sector partnerships to shape the narrative of inclusion in Singapore and serves as a platform for children of different abilities to socialise. In 2016, Superhero Me was chosen as the face of SGFuture, a government-led campaign inspiring Singaporeans to start ground-up initiatives and build a national identity.

Jean collaborates with the National Arts Council (Arts and Communities) on various projects including WHAT I’VE LOVED and FOUR FACES for SilverArts Festival 2013 and 2015, where she brought together young artist teams to reach out to communities that work with the elderly. She has been a NOISE mentor for youths interested in social documentary photography since 2013. Her interest has since shifted to capability building, where she conducts training in the inclusive and community arts.

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