Online podcasts by seniors, for seniors

SINGAPORE - Seniors here will have a new platform to air their views, as senior volunteer organisation RSVP is teaming up with Internet broadcaster Rediffusion to release a series of online podcasts featuring senior citizens as hosts.

The podcasts, the first of which will be released on Friday, are meant to encourage active ageing through volunteerism.

They are hosted by seven RSVP volunteers in their 50s and 60s, who had their speaking and interview skills honed by Rediffusion.

The hosts will be doing interviews on topics such as getting the elderly to volunteer, seniors in the workforce, and grandparenting.

Interviewees will range from well known people such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs ambassador-at-large Professor Tommy Koh and Straits Times editor-at-large Han Fook Kwang, to ordinary senior citizens sharing their life experiences.

Said Mr Cyril Ong, 67, producer of the podcasts and one of the hosts: "We want this to be a platform for the voices of seniors to reach out to other seniors, so they can learn what they can do for their community as volunteers."

The retired marketing director added that while the programme targets seniors, he hopes it will also foster dialogue between generations, and get younger people interested in how they can get engaged with the elderly.

The podcasts, which are currently around half an hour long and released every two months, will be available on the RSVP (www.rsvp.org.sg) and Rediffusion (www.rediffusion.com.sg) websites.

oliviaho@sph.com.sg