Singaporeans are a busy bunch. Most of us are busy juggling work ambitions, family commitments and occasionally helping out at charity and community events. As we hurry on with our daily lives and tasks on hands, we often put our personal passion and aspirations aside, thinking that we can go back to revisit them when we have more free time on hand or after retirement.
PA Supports Passion And Aspirations
To support this postponed pursue of passion, the People’s Association (PA) initiated the ‘Senior Academy’ with its key mission to encourage more seniors, 50 years old and above, to pursue lifelong learning aspirations and lead an active lifestyle by providing accessible and affordable senior-friendly programme!
What Are The Programmes Available?
For a start, Senior Academy will offer three programmes, namely
1. Certificate in Senior Wellness Programme
This 4-month structured Certificate in Senior Wellness programme is enriched with 10 core and elective modules customised by celebrity Trainers and passionate PA Trainers.
The programmes (offered in both Mandarin and English depending on demand) are specially designed to focus on topics revolving around body, mind and soul. These offer seniors with a diverse choice of knowledge-based (e.g. Introduction to Mobile Apps & Tablets and Essential First Aid) and lifestyle-centric courses (e.g.Golden Home Chef by celebrity chef, Fusion Fitness and Learn Patchwork & Sewing).
Seniors who complete the programme will be able to fulfil their dreams of wearing a graduation gown and putting on a mortar board to receive their certificates at the graduation ceremony.
2. Golden Hobbyist Series
Comprising a wide variety of one-off elective courses, this series enable seniors who prefer ad-hoc learning to select and attend courses of their interest, and be affiliated to a group of senior learners under the Golden Hobbyist interest group (IG).
As members of the IG, they are able to earn free workshops / courses under the Golden Hobbyist reward system. Complimentary ad-hoc talks/seminars and programmes will also be organised to enable Golden Hobbyist IG members to come together to make new friends and learn new knowledge.
3. Golden Work Series
Comprising a variety of customised job-based skills workshops to enable seniors who are interested to do part-time work and/or freelance work to pick up some relevant skills and knowledge required by the work industries.
For this series, PA will be working closely with corporate and community partners like the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) to identify jobs which are suitable for seniors and develop relevant workshops to best matched the skills required by the various industries.
Programmes Are Very Affordable!
As part of SG50 celebrations, PA will be heavily subsidising the course fees for Singaporeans / Permanent Residents for Senior Academy programmes in 2015. For example:
– For the 4-month Certificate in Senior Wellness programme, Singaporean / PR will only pay $50 (PAssion Card member) or $62 (Non-PAssion Card member) instead of the full course fees of $250.
– For the Golden Hobbyist series, Singaporeans / PR can select a course of their interest and pay $10 (PAssion Card member) or $20 (Non-PAssion Card member) instead of the full course fees of $25.
– For participant aged below 50 years, they will pay $20 (PAssion Card member) or $30 (Non-Passion Card member).
Where Are These Programmes Held?
Ten Community Clubs (CCs) island-wide, as listed below, have been identified as Senior Academy satellite centres to make our offer senior-friendly programme convenient for everyone.
|District||Participating Community Centres|
|Central Singapore||1) Tanjong Pagar|
2) Teck Ghee
|North East||1) Tampines West|
|South East||1) MacPherson|
|North West||1) Nee Soon South|
|South West||1) Gek Poh Ville|
In addition to inspiring more seniors to pursue their lifelong learning aspirations, Senior Academy aims to inculcate community spirit and active citizenry in every participant. By attending the programmes, participants would pick up useful life skills & knowledge, and at the same time expand their social circles and contribute actively to the community.
Senior Academy offers seniors a ‘passport’ to affordable, accessible and holistic programmes. It also aims to empower seniors who are ready to enjoy their golden years through fun and friendships.
For further queries, please contact Lifeskills & Lifestyle Division of People’s Association at:
Tel：83444129 / 90815580 (Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 6pm)
For more information, please visit http://www.pa.gov.sg/courses/senior-academy.html.
You could also join the PA Senior Academy Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/PASeniorAcademy.