Welfare projects, workshops help elderly lead active life

|     Ishan Ibrahim     |

HEAD of the Volunteers Unit of the Community Development Department (JAPEM) Rogayah binti Haji Abdullah lauded the community spirit of the Brunei populace who are always willing to help the underprivileged and those who need help, especially natural disaster victims.

She said such caring attitude eventually led to the establishment of a project to care for the elderly in 2005 with a volunteer unit that seeks to conduct welfare, social and educational activities to help them lead better and fruitful lives after retirement.

At present, the Volunteers Unit has nine projects designed to cater to the well-being of the community, she said. One project helps the elderly lead active social life so as to not feel left out in society. Training and education enable them to set up small businesses to earn a living, instead of depending on others.

Rogayah added that the Volunteers Unit also organises workshops for the elderly such as basic computing skills.

Assistant Director of the Senior Citizens Activity Centre (PKWE) at Kampong Perpindahan Lambak Kanan Haji Ali bin Haji Emran praised the efforts of the JAPEM Volunteers Unit, in particular the basic computing skills workshop.

Head of the Volunteers Unit of the Community Development Department (JAPEM) Rogayah binti Haji Abdullah
Assistant Director of the Senior Citizens Activity Centre (PKWE) at Kampong Perpindahan Lambak Kanan Haji Ali bin Haji Emran. – PHOTOS: ISHAN IBRAHIM

He said, “Despite most of our elderly members already at an advanced age, many show willingness and interest to learn computer skills such as using Microsoft Word.”

“Now we do not have to wait for our children to type letters for us, we can do it ourselves,” he said with a smile.

Haji Ali explained that such skills are needed at the centre as they type official letters, invitation letters, memos and others.

“I retired in 2005, and the skills I learnt from these workshops are invaluable to me, and I urge other retirees to attend these workshops to add to their skills and knowledge,” he said.