Another Week Beyond – 1935

Vairam Gopalakrishnan Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, 5 years ago, we took stock of the contribution of volunteers within our organisation.  We wanted a metric to monitor our progress in harnessing the inherent goodwill within our community to scale our work.  Instead of meeting needs by proliferating professional helping services, we invited the involvement of volunteers into the lives of those we supported.  This was …

Another Week Beyond – 1934

Vairam Gopalakrishnan Another Week Beyond, Children and youth Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, “What is effective supervision and guidance?” A young colleague who was supporting the youth leaders of our outdoor adventure club realised that it is not just giving instructions and expecting those listening to simply follow.  Having observed how much effort the leaders had been putting into organising an “Amazing Race,” she was concerned that they would be deeply …

Another Week Beyond – 1933

Vairam Gopalakrishnan Another Week Beyond, Family Group Conference Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, A couple of weeks ago, we asked a group of mothers if the gifts we channelled into their neighbourhoods were important. We anticipated that they would say “Yes,” less we stop being a conduit for goodwill from the larger community.  “Not always,” was their answer but they do find it comforting receiving presents for their children because they …

Another Week Beyond – 1932

Vairam Gopalakrishnan Another Week Beyond, Children and youth Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, To subtly introduce concepts such as colours, diversity, individuality and choice, the uniform at our Healthy Start Child Development Centre comes in a range of pastel colours.  However, shorts come in navy blue for all and every T-shirt though different in colour is printed uniformly with the school’s motif.  This feature evokes curiosity among parents and the children, …

Another Week Beyond – 1931

Vairam Gopalakrishnan Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, Community Theatre, Forum Theatre Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, 6 years ago, to get young people into a meaningful discussion about teenage pregnancy, we cooperated with Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support to run a series of forum theatre performances. Together with the support of volunteers trained in drama, a colleague put together a play that got both adults and young people in a difficult but meaningful conversation.  The …