Another Week Beyond – 2038

Beyond Another Week Beyond, volunteer, youth

Dear Friends, Last week, 7 youth delivered 5 performances at   the Substation.  “Men with Pens” featured lived experiences they had penned down, and the show was part of Septfest 2020 Fringe which featured immersive experiences to generate conversations   around issues faced by various marginalised and displaced groups. In January this year, volunteers Subhas Nair and Yanni Chia began meeting youth living in the Whampoa neighbourhood; listening …

Another Week Beyond – 2037

Beyond Another Week Beyond, digital literacy

Dear Friends; After helping to  process one cycle of financial assistance,  the women on our  Digital and Family Competence Enabling Team (AWB- 2033) told us that they really valued the flexible work hours that enabled them to attend to their children and household matters. Working from home on a computer was an entirely new experience that they savoured. The efforts of these …

Another Week Beyond – 2035

Beyond Another Week Beyond, education, Employment, youth Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, Jobs and the ability to draw an income weigh heavily on the minds of many and it is no different for the young people we engage.  After speaking to more than 50 youth between 16 to 25 years old, we discovered that most wanted to explore different career paths which they were interested in. However, they felt that they …

Another Week Beyond – 2034

Beyond Another Week Beyond, community, Employment, volunteer Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, When the Rotary Club of Marina City wanted to provide a meal for 160 residents of a public rental neighborhood, we suggested that they engage 4 mothers who have acquired their food handling certification from the Singapore Food Agency. We have been supporting mothers to acquire this certification with a view that they may eventually start a micro-business …

Another Week Beyond – 2032

Beyond Another Week Beyond, community, donations Leave a Comment

Many years ago, my boss hosted dinner during a stay-in planning retreat.  He started the dinner conversation asking my colleagues and I to share what we loved most about Singapore. I told him “the trees” and got on with my dinner but eventually all of us put aside our cutlery as he revealed the reason behind his question. He said that he …

Another Week Beyond – 2031

Beyond Another Week Beyond, digital literacy, Donations in Kind, education, youth Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, We continued to learn from our interns. This time, from those who were helping us with our efforts at providing internet connectivity to our members.  They coordinated the distribution of donated pre-loved devices and often found themselves trouble shooting when members had difficulty connecting to wi-fi or were simply fumbling with an unfamiliar device. They made it clear to …

Another Week Beyond – 2030

Beyond Another Week Beyond, internship, volunteer Leave a Comment

Interns have been a very valuable resource for our work and the organisation. With the diversity of skills they bring, we have had much support in grant applications, communications, research, administration and fieldwork.  This week, 6 of them who were helping us to administer our COVID-19 Family Assistance Fund said goodbye after 10 weeks and as they reflected on their experience during the …

Another Week Beyond – 2029

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Family Group Conference, Restorative Justice, youth Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, Morris (AWB – 2026) was all smiles as he got onto a WhatsApp video call with 2 volunteer mentors. One is a psychologist running his own practice and the other, an operations manager at a health and wellness business.  Last week, the Court considered the supplementary report from his probation officer and he was given a 21-month probation order. …