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Friends of Our Heartlands

HDB’s Friends of Our Heartlands Network nurtures change makers within our towns and neighbourhoods. Volunteers will get opportunities to channel their skills, knowledge, and resources for the benefit of their community.

Join us as a Friend of Our Heartlands today, and discover the different ways in which you can make a difference. View and sign up for upcoming volunteering opportunities!

For further queries, send us an email at HDB_Friends_of_Our_Heartlands@hdb.gov.sg.

 

Cultivate

Promote the spirit of neighbourliness and eco-friendly living within the community.

Promote Gracious and Responsible Heartland Living

Learn - Training

Training for the volunteers
Before you begin your volunteering journey, you will participate in an experiential workshop with skit performances, interactive games, hands-on activities and role play sessions.
 
You will learn about what contributes to a harmonious and responsible heartland community, and get practical tips on engaging residents.
 
Adult volunteers will also be equipped with mentoring and leadership skills.

Serve - Outreach visits

Outreach visit by the volunteers
It is time to practise what you learnt! Embark on outreach visits to share your knowledge with fellow residents.
 
Adult volunteers will also help to guide and mentor student volunteers during these visits.
 
There are 2 types of outreach visits:
 
  1. Block visits - to a precinct and engage residents personally
  2. Visits at community events – share relevant tips with the community event participants

Initiate - Outreach projects

Outreach project by the volunteers
Start your own projects with the community!
 

Organise an activity or project with the HDB Friendly Faces, Lively Places fund.

Here are some ideas to get you started!

  • Initiate your own outreach visits
  • Create an exciting corner in your school to share what you have learnt
  • Conduct upcycling workshops to encourage residents to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle
  • Create innovative games and activities to bring neighbours together

Check out the highlights of the other past projects and events that were conducted!

Join us as a Friend of Our Heartlands if you are:

  • Aged 10 years and above
  • English-speaking, conversational proficiency in Mandarin, other Chinese dialects, Malay or Tamil would be useful but not compulsory
  • Comfortable interacting with people
  • Interested in community events
  • Willing to attend a full-day training session

Promote Eco-friendly Living

You will be bringing participants on an HDB Eco Learning Journey to visit interesting places in Punggol, Singapore’s first Eco-Town. These places include Treelodge@Punggol, My Waterway@Punggol, Punggol Town Square and Punggol Discovery Cube. Share about the eco-features of these places and eco-living tips to inspire participants to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Our senior volunteers also add a personal touch, and share fond memories and history of Punggol in the past.

The HDB Eco Learning Journey has been enriching and fruitful for both the volunteers and participants! Check out what some of them have to say about their experiences:

"If not for these tours, I would not have a chance to visit Punggol!"

Elderly resident from Thye Hua Kwan SAC

"A very meaningful initiative!"

Chong Teng Kok, Adult Volunteer

"I found the tour very interesting and the ambassador was very friendly."

Rohan, student from Bukit View Primary School

See our volunteers in action and participants enjoying themselves at past HDB Eco Learning Journeys that were conducted!

Join us as a Friend of Our Heartlands if you are:

  • Aged 17 years and above
  • Able to speak English fluently, and conversational proficiency in Mandarin and other Chinese dialects, Malay or Tamil
  • Comfortable with speaking in front of a group of adults or students
  • Willing to attend a half-day session to familiarise yourself with the HDB Eco Learning Journey
  • Passionate to share about going green

Activate

Initiate activities that add liveliness to community spaces, and also foster care and neighbourly relations.

Enliven HDB Spaces

Have an idea for an activity or project to bring your community together? Rally your friends and neighbours together to make it a reality, and add liveliness to your community spaces with support from the HDB Friendly Faces, Lively Places Fund.

  Friends of Our Heartlands  Friends of Our Heartlands

Find out more about HDB Friendly Faces, Lively Places Fund.

Engage the Elderly

Volunteers join students in Project SPHERE activities which include spring cleaning and gate painting, to help enhance the living environment of elderly living in rental flats.
 
The Broom It! Day is an annual event organised under Project SPHERE where students and volunteers come together to have a mass spring cleaning session for the elderly living in rental flats and bond with them through activities and workshops.
 

Gathering for the volunteers Gate painting by the volunteers
Spring cleaning by the volunteers Broom It day! by the volunteers

Join us as a Friend of Our Heartlands if you are:

  • Aged 13 years and above
  • English-speaking, conversational proficiency in Mandarin, other Chinese dialects, Malay or Tamil would be useful
  • Comfortable interacting with the elderly
  • Interested in community events

Facilitate

Facilitate community conversations on neighbourhood improvement projects

Residents’ suggestions and feedback help ensure that neighbourhood improvement projects meet the needs and aspirations of our communities. Volunteers will work with HDB to plan and execute engagement activities involving residents in determining the usage of spaces and the type of improvement works in their neighbourhood. These engagement activities include facilitating focus group discussions and workshops, or interviewing residents at pop-up roadshows and house visits.

Volunteers undergoing the foundational facilitation training

Volunteers undergoing the foundational facilitation training.

Volunteers undergoing the foundational facilitation training

Volunteers undergoing the foundational facilitation training.

Volunteers undergoing the foundational facilitation training

Volunteers undergoing the foundational facilitation training.

Past Projects

Build-a-Playground @ Canberra Project

Volunteers joined us in engaging Canberra (Sembawang) residents in designing and building Singapore’s first public community-built playground. Through interviews, a pop-up roadshow, and a design workshop, the volunteers solicited ideas and suggestions from the residents for the theme, design, play components, and name of the playground. With the help of our volunteers, we successfully co-built Singapore’s first public community-built playground with over 2,000 residents.

Volunteers engaging parents and children with survey questions

Volunteers engaging parents and children with survey questions.

Volunteers engaging parents and children with survey questions

Volunteers engaging parents and children with survey questions.

Volunteers engaging residents on the theme of the playground at pop up roadshows

Volunteers engaging residents on the theme of the playground at pop up roadshows.

Volunteers engaging residents on the theme of the playground at pop up roadshows

Volunteers engaging residents on the theme of the playground at pop up roadshows.

Volunteers facilitating the design workshops with residents

Volunteers facilitating the design workshops with residents.

Volunteers facilitating the design workshops with residents

Volunteers facilitating the design workshops with residents.

Remaking Our Heartland 3

To encourage greater community bonding and ownership of public spaces in our estates, HDB will be engaging residents to design social spaces in Toa Payoh, Pasir Ris and Woodlands. Our volunteers have conducted street interviews and pop-up roadshows to garner residents’ inputs on their preferred activities and spaces that could be enhanced. Resident engagement sessions commenced in February 2018 and are projected to continue till mid-2020.

Volunteers engaging residents on their preferred spaces that could be enhanced

Volunteers engaging residents on their preferred spaces that could be enhanced.

Volunteers engaging residents on their preferred spaces that could be enhanced

Volunteers engaging residents on their preferred spaces that could be enhanced.

Volunteers engaging residents on their preferred spaces that could be enhanced

Volunteers engaging residents on their preferred spaces that could be enhanced.

Join us as a Friend of Our Heartlands if you are:

  • Aged 17 years and above
  • English-speaking
  • Conversational proficiency in Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, or other dialects would be useful but not compulsory
  • Background knowledge / skills in architecture, landscape architecture, and design would be useful but not compulsory
  • Comfortable approaching and interacting with people
  • Interested in facilitating discussions
  • Willing to attend a 2-day facilitation training session prior to the commencement of any volunteering activity under the ‘Facilitate’ track
  • Willing to volunteer over the weekends