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SPS Volunteering Journey

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Registration and Process

Depending on your area of interest, you may volunteer as an individual or under any of the partner organisations that are currently partnering with SPS to provide a more structured programme. By registering through these organisations, your needs and aspirations as a volunteer could be better served by closer volunteer-offender matching and mutual support among fellow volunteers.

All applications are subject to processing and once successful, you will be scheduled to attend Basic Prison Training (BPT) to prepare for your volunteering service in SPS.

Developmental Volunteer Training

The Development Framework for Offender Rehabilitation Personnel (DORP), launched by the Singapore Prison Service (SPS) in January 2014 aims to enhance service delivery for our partners who undertake offender work, ensure professionalism and help to manage the complex needs of offenders and ex-offenders in their rehabilitation journey. The training opportunities provided will enhance the skills and competencies in their roles as Prison volunteers.

In the later part of 2018, the training programmes under DORP was enhanced to include new training modules offered at the Social Service Institute (SSI). The introduction of SSI courses will better meet the specific training needs of the volunteers, with nationally recognised standards of training delivery and certification as well as more extensive networking and knowledge sharing with professionals in other sectors.

Appreciation and Recognition

In appreciation of our volunteers’ contribution in offenders’ rehabilitation efforts, an annual SPS Volunteers Awards Ceremony is organised at the end of each year. This event is held for the volunteers to thank them for their efforts, valuable time and commitment put in in their years of volunteering with SPS. Volunteers who have served 3, 5 and 10 years will be presented with a Long Service Award. Long serving volunteers who have made significant contributions during their service with SPS may also be nominated for the Minister of Home Affairs National Day Awards (HT Volunteers).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the age limit to join as a SPS Volunteer?

  • To be a volunteer, you will need to be above 21 years old.

2. What is the minimum commitment level as a volunteer?

  • The minimum commitment level subjects to the partner organisation’s requirement. For Befrienders, the volunteer will have to commit to engage the offender of up to 16 months.

3. How long does the process of an application take?

  • The process of an application typically takes about 1-2 months.

4. Are the offenders dangerous?

  • All offenders’’ suitability have been assessed prior to participating in your volunteer programmes. However, just as you would treat any other persons, do not use abusive or provocative language with the offenders.

5. My spouse is interested to volunteer together with me. Can I bring him or her along?

  • Approval has been granted to you as the authorised pass holder to enter the institution. You are not allowed to bring any unauthorised person along. If your spouse is interested, you may ask him/her to register as a volunteer with us.

6. I notice that there a number of rules and regulations to follow – Are these necessary?

  • SPS compounds are gazetted security areas. Safety and security is therefore paramount in Prisons. The rules and regulations are essential in ensuring that safety and security exists inside prisons, ultimately, contributing to a safer Singapore.

7. What "perks" can a volunteer look forward to?

  • The intangible and most rewarding benefit comes from knowing that volunteers' efforts have made a difference in the lives of offenders, and witnessing the positive transformation in some of the offenders. Aside from that, SPS provides training opportunities under the Development Framework for Offender Rehabilitation Personnel (DORP) for the volunteers to allow them to specialize in specific skills in volunteering and working with people.

8. Will there be a schedule given to volunteers to conduct a class?

  • Coordinators from various partner organisations will make arrangement with volunteers on their scheduling.


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Last Updated/Reviewed on 31-March-2019