Nectar Care Service (Singapore) (abbreviation “NCS”) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2009. The objectives of NCS are to promote the awareness of palliative care through public education and to train a group of volunteers to provide quality befriending services to patients with life-limiting illnesses and elderly persons.
More than 500 trainees have attended NCS’s volunteer training course since its inauguration. Currently, NCS has about 120 active volunteers who completed the one and a half years course. The contents of the course include fundamental concepts and basic knowledge in medical, nursing and palliative care, and practical aspects of communication and counselling.
NCS works with partners like HCA Hospice Care, Dover Park Hospice, Metta Hospice Care, Ren Ci Nursing Home, Kwong Wai Shiu Nursing Home, SWAMI Nursing Home and Tai Pei Old People’s Home. These organisations refer cases to NCS, and its volunteers visit patients regularly, providing emotional and spiritual support.
NCS organises public palliative care and other awareness programmes in-house and with partners. These include Public Palliative Care Conference in Mandarin held in 2013 and 2015, End-of-life Roadshow organised with HCA Hospice Care in 2014, and a series of cancer talks partnered with Singapore Cancer Society in 2016.
Although NCS is an organisation founded and supported by Buddhists, its services are provided to the general public regardless of race, gender and religion.
More information of NCS could be found in the website and Facebook: nectarcare.sg