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

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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. …

Another Week Beyond – 2028

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Dear Friends, Today, Singapore votes. At a virtual Youth Day Celebration last Sunday, we asked our young people what they understood or thought about the elections as they were enjoying a meal prepared and delivered by a family living near them.   With COVID-19 looming, we are mindful that wherever possible we provide opportunities for our members to put some money into …

Another Week Beyond – 2026

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Dear Friends, Faced with charges relating to rioting, mischief, causing hurt, failure to comply with the conditions of a provisional driving licence and riding a motorcycle without insurance, Morris, 19 years old believes that he is heading for jail.  A report filed in March, by a probation officer assessed that Morris is not suitable for probation. Following which, a pre-sentencing assessment …

Another Week Beyond – 2025

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Dear Friends, Today, Singapore moves   another step toward a new normal which is COVID-19 Safe. Eateries will be opened for dining-in and I know several of my colleagues will be going out for a meal.  “Takeaway food is just not the same,” they tell me and eating out is one thing they have missed since 7 April 2020.  Small group social activities …

Another Week Beyond – 2023

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Dear Friends, During the circuit breaker we were in touch with 235 persons who were unemployed and looking for work.   We kept them informed of job opportunities and linked them to resources provided by the government, the labour movement and other non-government organisations.  Most job applications were online and several needed assistance navigating e-portals as well as putting together simple resumes to …