Singapore Polytechnic (SP) jointly collaborates with Kampung Senang (KS) Charity and Education Foundation to conduct Training Courses
15 Nov 2020
In the photo (from left to right): Joyce Lye, Founder and President of Kampung Senang; Dr Chong Chee Wei, Director, School of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering (MAE), SP; Soh Kim Fai, Deputy Director, MAE, SP; Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment; Kelvin Chan Weng Fatt, Senior Manager, Kampung Senang; Phuah Teck Shin, General Manager, Kampung Senang; Lim Peng Hun, Deputy Principal (ACAD), SP
Recently launched a new centre at Yuhua, SP’s School of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering (MAE) will work with eco-conscious charity, Kampung Senang on a five-day course to equip caregivers and members of the public with skills and knowledge to maintain and repair wheelchairs such as both manual and powered wheelchairs, scooters, etc.
Kampung Senang has the contacts in the silver hair, disabled and care giver community, and healthcare industries. Due to the growing ageing population, there is a great demand in the need to maintain and repair wheelchairs which are assistive technology devices. MAE Director, Dr Chong Chee Wei, shared that the course will be launched in March next year and target to train 50 to 100 individuals. Dr Chong also shared that there is a lack of individuals with the skills to repair and maintain wheelchairs in Singapore and the course aims to meet the demand while contributing to the community.
In addition as reported in Lianhe Zaobao on 15 November 2020, wheelchair users are not familiar nor have the basic knowledge and prerequisite skills to care and service their devices. Therefore, this collaboration will train wheelchair users and their care givers to care and perform basic servicing and maintenance on their devices in order to remain safe and functional. Furthermore, there will be Intermediate and Advanced courses on mobility aids coming up in the pipeline.