Annual Report FY2020
210304-Able-AR-FULL-WF-D13-1-13

10 years of ABLE

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ABLE’s 10th anniversary year has been an eventful one, with the COVID-19 pandemic changing life as we know it on many levels. While this change is unprecedented, a look at ABLE’s history quickly shows how the ability to change and adapt has been a part of ABLE’s decade-long journey from the start.

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A New Command I Give To You

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Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples.

John 13:34-35

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Outgoing Chairperson's Message

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It is with immense gratitude and humility that I thank our Lord for blessing ABLE and guiding its stewards for the past 10 years.

From its inception to now, ABLE has grown from a mere funding source to a full-fledged centre serving our physically challenged brothers and sisters. Though the road may not always have been smooth, the Lord’s hand was always there guiding us and giving us hope and assurance that our mission was worthy of perseverance.

Thank you for the unwavering support, dedication and energy of the past and present ABLE and ABLE SEAS Boards of Directors, management and staff. I look forward to the next decades of service!

May the light of Christ shine upon you and your family always!

Serena Fah
Chairperson
1 Oct 2017 to 30 Sep 2020

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“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

Psalm 16:8

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Incoming Chairperson's Message

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“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving”

Colossians 3:23-24

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ABLE’s 10th Anniversary year has been an eventful one, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting lives on a global basis at unprecedented scale. ABLE’s mission to enable the physically-challenged to live with dignity and to have a productive meaningful and independent life remains important, perhaps more than ever, as we remember the struggles faced by the physically-challenged in our community.

As we witnessed our nation working hard to overcome the pandemic, ABLE responded swiftly in supporting our clients’ needs. When the pandemic started, ABLE and ABLE SEAS leveraged the use of technology in serving our clients to ensure that no one was left behind. Looking ahead, we will continue to use technology to reach out to more clients and enhance our services. An upcoming collaboration with Jintronix will see ABLE become the first to offer a subsidised Jintronix home programme, with the option of using tele-conferencing for real-time therapist intervention in the client’s own home.

As we focus on our future projects, we need the support and collaboration of all our benefactors, partners, staff, volunteers and clients, so as to allow ABLE and ABLE SEAS to move forward while we navigate the new normal.

Thank you for supporting the ABLE family, and I hope you will continue to journey with us as we look towards the next 10 years and beyond.

Bernardus Angkawidjaja
Incoming Chairperson
Effective 1 Oct 2020

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A Year like no other

Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Fundraising

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Virtual Pilates fundraising activity

ABLE hosted an inclusive virtual movement class on Zoom together with The Moving Body, a leading pilates studio that provides pro-bono Pilates therapy for ABLE’s clients with disabilities. This interactive and light session was led by Audrey D’Cotta, founder of The Moving Body. She was joined by ABLE’s client ambassador and stroke survivor, Madam Soh, and 80 other participants. Together, both ladies powered through a 45-minute set of breathing and mobility exercises that can be done anywhere at anytime.

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ABLE SERVICES

Rehabilitation and Training

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ABLE’s rehabilitation and training team runs the Return-To-Work (RTW) Programme and the Day Rehabilitation Programme which are catered to the needs of the physically challenged. These two programmes and services are managed by an experienced multidisciplinary team of healthcare, social service, training and employment support professionals.

Return–To–Work

The RTW programme focuses on empowering persons with physical disabilities to be independent through gainful employment and reintegrating into the community. Our clients include stroke survivors, people with traumatic brain injuries or spinal injuries, people with neuro–degenerative conditions as well as amputees.

Day Rehabilitation

This programme aims to help clients be confidently independent in caring for themselves at home and navigating in the community.

The team encourages clients to pursue meaningful engagement through interest groups, sports or volunteering.

Respite

ABLE’s Respite Centre supports family caregivers and their physically challenged care recipients with centre-based and home-based programmes. These programmes are delivered by ABLE’s programme and Healthcare teams and volunteers.

Caregivers

Caregivers play an important and often underrated role in the support of persons with physical challenges. ABLE’s Respite Centre provides support for family caregivers through regular quality programmes and services for both caregivers and care recipients. Our family caregivers experience respite through workshops, informational talks and interest groups. As family caregivers interact with one another during the activities, they find comfort and support in an informal setting to build social networks which help boost their own resilience in the face of caregiving difficulties.

Drop-in Programme

Our Drop–in programme includes music and art therapy, person–to–person (P2P) befriending, ABLE Chef (a cooking/baking programme), swimming and outings. Through these programmes, care recipients gain confidence and independence through interacting and socialising , learning practical skills and gaining experiences in the community.

SociABLE

SociABLE is a full-day social interaction programme developed to enhance care recipients’ quality of life and provide sustained respite for family caregivers. Care recipients experience programmes intended to build their independence and daily living skills, as well as programmes for self-expression and social support. A full-time nurse assists clients in transferring, ambulating, toileting, feeding, and monitoring of their vital signs.

Transport

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Our transport team shuttles clients between their homes and Agape Village for rehabilitation and respite services at our respective centres. Persons with mobility challenges can leverage on ABLE’s wheelchair accessible transport services for follow-up medical appointments and workplace requirements.

ABLE SEAS

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ABLE SEAS is an extension of the Return–to–Work (RTW) programme. ABLE SEAS started as project to train physically challenged clients in accounting and bookkeeping knowledge and to ultimately place them in gainful employment. Services offered by ABLE SEAS include accounting, payroll and GST applications and filings.

God is our refuge and our strength,

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an ever-present help in times of trouble

Psalm 46:1



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Board Meetings

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ABLE is governed by a volunteer Board whose members bring with them vast and varied professional and personal experience. Members are approved by the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore in accordance with ABLE’s Memorandum and Articles of Association.

As the highest policy and decision-making body, the Board is responsible for ABLE’s strategic direction, and for ensuring that ABLE is governed and managed responsibly and prudently.

Board meetings were held quarterly in FY2019/2020 in November 2019, and February, May and August 2020.

Board MemberDate 1st appointedDate of latest
re-appointment
Board meeting attendance
Serena Fah, Chairperson25 October 20101 October 20194|4
Bernardus Angkawidjaja, Deputy Chairperson1 January 20131 October 20194|4
Trillion So1 August 20141 May 20203|4
Simon Wong, Secretary1 August 20141 May 20204|4
Dr Sylvia Teo1 July 20171 July 20194|4
Jessica Lee1 July 20171 July 20194|4
Lawrence Loh, Treasurer1 July 20171 July 20193|4
Marcia Troxler1 July 20171 July 20192|4
Gan Siok Loon1 April 20181 April 20204|4
Amelia Vincent15 August 201816 August 20202|4
Adrian Kow15 August 201816 August 20204|4
Grace Chow1 July 2019 3|4
Dr Andre Cheah*1 February 2020 2|3
Andrew Quek*1 February 2020 3|3
Timothy Goh*1 February 2020 2|3
A/P Denny Lie^1 February 20151 February 20190|1
 
 
*Appointed on 1 Feb 2020 and hence only eligible for 3 meetings in FY19/20
^Stepped down 31 Jan 2020
  
Board MemberDate 1st appointedDate of latest
re-appointment
Board meeting attendance
Serena Fah, Chairperson25 October 20101 October 20194|4
Bernardus Angkawidjaja, Deputy Chairperson1 January 20131 October 20194|4
Trillion So1 August 20141 May 20203|4
Simon Wong, Secretary1 August 20141 May 20204|4
Dr Sylvia Teo1 July 20171 July 20194|4
Jessica Lee1 July 20171 July 20194|4
Lawrence Loh, Treasurer1 July 20171 July 20193|4
Marcia Troxler1 July 20171 July 20192|4
Gan Siok Loon1 April 20181 April 20204|4
Amelia Vincent15 August 201816 August 20202|4
Adrian Kow15 August 201816 August 20204|4
Grace Chow1 July 2019 3|4
Dr Andre Cheah*1 February 2020 2|3
Andrew Quek*1 February 2020 3|3
Timothy Goh*1 February 2020 2|3
A/P Denny Lie^1 February 20151 February 20190|1
 
 
*Appointed on 1 Feb 2020 and hence only eligible for 3 meetings in FY19/20
^Stepped down 31 Jan 2020
  
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