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Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund

Vision

Creating opportunities for the advancement of mental healthcare in Singapore.


Mission

The Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund (WHCF) is established to receive contributions and donations for the promotion, development and provision of mental health-related services in Singapore, including:

  • The pursuit of medical research and development;
  • Programmes for continued medical, nursing, paramedical and related education and training;
  • Publication of research and educational literature;
  • Provision and improvement of equipment and facilities for research and development;
  • Holding of conferences, seminars, and exhibitions;
  • Provision of funded care to patients who are in need of financial assistance.


Why Help is Needed

Mental illness is perhaps the least understood and most stigmatised of all medical conditions. Many sufferers do not dare to seek help for fear of being labelled or ostracised by their family, friends or colleagues.  

The Institute of Mental Health/Woodbridge Hospital (IMH/ WH) is home to about 1,200 long-stay patients suffering from chronic mental illness. Many cannot remember how many years they have been in the hospital. Sadly, visits from family members are few and far between, for some, as far back as 10 years ago. Our kind-hearted nurses and volunteers have become their substitute family. Outings, birthday and festive celebrations are treats for them, made possible through the funding of the Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund (WHCF).  

IMH also sees thousands of outpatients from the lower income group. Many can only afford one or two meals a day. Because of the stigma of mental illness and the patients’ reduced ability to work, they have difficulty finding jobs and have become a burden to their families. Many of them cannot even afford to take public transport or pay their medical bills, even at subsidised rates. 


How You Can Help

A non-profit hospital, IMH/WH receives funding from the Ministry of Health, which goes towards providing basic medical care for our patients. However, our patients need much more to enable them to function independently in the community. Other non-core medical and therapy programmes, including occupational rehabilitation and social activities are also crucial to their recovery.  

The Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund (WHCF) was established to raise money to pay for such activities and programmes, as well as to provide some financial assistance to those who need it. You can make a tangible impact on the lives of our patients by donating generously to the WHCF.  

The Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund is an Institute of a Public Character (IPC) and a registered charity (Charity Registration No: HEF0065/G) under the purview of the Ministry of Health. As our operating expenses are borne by the Institute of Mental Health, all donations go directly to programmes to benefit our patients. 

To view the Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund's Governance Evaluation Checklist submission to the Charity Council, please click here. 


WHCF Programmes

About $300,000 per year is needed to support our on-going programmes. Some of our WHCF-funded programmes include:  

  1. Rehabilitation 
  • Vocational Rehabilitation for People with Mental Illness (Transitional Employment) Programme  
    This programme empowers patients with vocational skills that will assist in job placement and facilitate community re-integration. 
  • Very Special Outstanding Performers (VSOP) 
    Our Occupational Therapy Department runs a choir and dance group called Very Special Outstanding Performers (VSOP) that enables persons with psychiatric illnesses to benefit from the therapeutic effects of singing and performing and trains them to a professional standard for public performances. 
  • Club EPIP
    This is an evidence-based programme to reintegrate clients back to society, conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of Occupational Therapists, Case Managers and volunteers. Activities include social and work skills training, job preparation, lifestyle management, computer and IT training, dietary guidance, and Cognitive Remediation. 
  • EPIP Peers 4Rs (Remembering Resilience, Respect and Recovery) Programme
    The EPIP Peers 4Rs programme trains and incentivises recovered patients to become Peer Support Specialists so that they may provide one-to-one support for fellow patients.
     
  1. Patient Welfare 

    To give our inpatients a taste of life outside the hospital, outings and birthday celebrations are organised on a regular basis. The WHCF-funded IMH Volunteers Programme funds sports activities, karaoke sessions, art and craft activities, a mobile canteen and a mobile library.

    The WHCF-funded Patient Welfare Fund (Medical Social Work) enables patients with financial hardship to continue with their medical treatment and stay in the community for as long as possible. As many IMH patients are from the low-income group and/or have poor social support, this programme provides financial assistance for transportation for patients’ medical appointments and for other items such as walking aids, dentures, spectacles, lunch allowance at day centres, and home cleaning and improvement needs. 

  2. Caregiver Welfare
    This programme enhances the ability of caregivers to sustain care to their loved ones as the task of caregiving can be physically and emotionally demanding. Activities under the programme include caregiver training sessions and caregiver support groups. 

Please read our WHCF Brochure for more information about WHCF programmes.


How to Donate

You can donate through:
 

Credit Card: You can donate online via GIVEasia or Giving.sg  

NETS: You can donate online via Giving.sg 

Cheque: Attention to payee name: Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund 

And mail it with your WHCF Donation Form to 

Corporate Communications Department
Institute of Mental Health
Buangkok Green Medical Park
10 Buangkok View
Singapore 539747
 

Cash: In person on weekdays from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm at the Corporate Communications Department, Level 4, The Annex, Buangkok Green Medical Park, IMH. You can also call 6389 2867 / 6389 2000 for assistance.  

GIRO: Print out, fill in and mail this WHCF GIRO Form with your WHCF Donation Form to the same address given for IMH Corporate Communications Department.  

Tax Exemption  

All donations will be acknowledged with a tax-exempt official receipt. You will receive a tax exemption of 2.5 times the value of your donation to the Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund.   

To obtain tax exemption, kindly provide your name, mailing address, contact number, identification number and company registration number (if applicable) on the WHCF Donation FormThe data collected will be used and disclosed for the purposes of issuing tax exempt receipts, mailing of thank you cards/letters, and other related donor management activities.  

Please be assured that if your personal data is collected, used or disclosed for administrative purposes, we will protect it as required under the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (PDPA) and other relevant legislation, such as the Charities Act. Please visit IMH’s Personal Data Protection Notification webpage for more information.  

If you have any queries, or are interested to be our fundraising partner or sponsor, please feel free to contact the WHCF Secretariat through: 

Ting Mei See
Email: mei_see_ting@imh.com.sg
Tel: (65) 6389 2867 
Address: 
Corporate Communications Department
Institute of Mental Health
Buangkok Green Medical Park
10 Buangkok View
Singapore 539747
  

Weblinks:

  1. Financial Information 
  2. Non-Financial Information 
  3.  Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund Annual Report 2015 


Related Brochure

WHCF

A member of National Healthcare GroupWork Life Activeness AwardTUVTUVGold   Comm Chest Award 2012