TWcares by Travel Wander is a giving back initiative with the mindfulness of bettering the lives of people and the environment locally and overseas.
For each person booked on a Wander Collection trip in year 2021, a certain amount will be donated to help our charity of choice. The amount will be tiered as follows:
SGD 0.50 will be allocated to TWcares for trips priced less than SGD 200;
SGD 1.00 will be allocated to TWcares for trips priced SGD 200 to SGD 1,000;
SGD 2.00 will be allocated to TWcares for trips priced SGD 1,001 and above.
For year 2021, our adopted charity of choice is the Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd.
About Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd
Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd (GDS) is a social service agency and charity formed in 2006. It focuses on enhancing the quality of life for the blind and visually impaired (VI) community in Singapore through the provision of training and rehabilitation programmes. These are:
Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Training: This teaches VIs to understand their travel environment in terms of where they are (orientation), where they want to go, and how to get there safely by themselves (mobility). Some skills taught include: using a white cane to detect obstacles, mental mapping, using other senses, upper body protection, indoor familiarisation, road crossing, using public transport, and communication skills to ask for the help they require. Conducted by accredited O&M Specialists, the training is beneﬁcial to people of all ages and varying degrees of visual impairment.
Guide Dogs Programme: Affectionately considered as a man’s best friend, some dog breeds have an innate desire to work, making them exceptional service companions. Guide dogs are proven to increase conﬁdence, safety and efficiency in travelling for VIs. GDS matches suitable dogs with their clients, who are then trained by a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) on how to work with their dogs and to look after them. Orientation & Mobility skills are required for the use of a guide dog.
Independent Living Skills Training: GDS’ Specialists equip their clients with everyday living skills such as self-care, managing domestic tasks and the use of technology so that they can be independent in their daily routine. Assessments and modiﬁcations are also made to their clients’ living environment (home, school and work) to ensure they can move around safely.
Client-centric Activities: The Befriender’s Programme is an initiative aimed to improve their clients’ social quality of life, by encouraging them to be active in the community. GDS’ clients are paired with trained volunteers on a one-on-one basis to engage in activities such as shopping, dining, visits to the parks, or sports. GDS also organises social activities and skill-based workshops to give them an avenue to support each other through learning.
GDS actively advocates for an inclusive society where every person who is blind or has visual impairment is empowered for independent living. To date, GDS has served more than 350 clients with visual impairment and successfully paired six Guide Dog teams. GDS is an associate member with the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and holds the Institute of Public Character (IPC) status which allows it to give 250% tax deduction for direct donations S$10 and above. Donations go towards providing rehabilitation and training to VIs.
Blindness can take many forms. This means that a VI can still have residual vision left. Visual impairment does not always mean a person is completely blind.