Another Week Beyond – 2002

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Dear Friends, Some of us wear a tracker or use a smart watch to monitor our activity level and to spur ourselves toward a healthier lifestyle. Having an awareness and understanding seems to  encourage us to act on our fitness goals. In the same vein of facilitating informed action, we are supporting residents of a public rental neighbourhood to discover …

Another Week Beyond – 1951

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Dear Friends, In August this year, youth from our Community Theatre programme presented “The Block Party” at the Esplanade as part of the M1 Peer Pleasure Festival. This   play showcased vignettes of poverty as experienced by those residing in a public rental housing neighbourhood.  This week, as a follow-up activity, we hosted a conversation about poverty involving 37 persons, comprising …

Another Week Beyond – 1950

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Dear Friends, One reason I write this weekly note is for me to reflect on what we are doing. There is always so much to do, and it is so easy to let our “busi-ness” justify our existence.  Thinking about the value of what we do regularly, helps us to keep in sight the intentions and aspirations of our practice.  …

Another Week Beyond – 1944

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Dear Friends, In our attempt to bring about communities where its members can thrive, we bring the gift of connection. We focus on relationships and it is not just how well people are connected to their families and friends but what ties they may have beyond their immediate circle of support.   A   nurturing family and loyal friends would provide a …

Another Week Beyond – 1938

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Dear Friends, During a drama workshop in December last year, some participants spoke about an incident of sexual harassment in their neighbourhood. It was disturbing to say the least, but the matter was eventually acted upon by the family of the victim.  The authorities were informed, and both the    victim and her family decided to move on.  However, from various …

Another Week Beyond – 1935

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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 – 1929

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DearFriends, Two months ago, 52-year-old Hasan had a high fever and while waiting to see the doctor at the polyclinic, a nurse approached him to have his blood pressure taken. He was rather reluctant as he did not want to hear more bad news but was cheered when he was complimented for having a normal reading.  A few days later …

Another Week Beyond – 1928

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Dear Friends, For a while now, residents and other stakeholders in a neighbourhood we work in have been expressing their concern about youth who have gotten into trouble with the law as well as those whom they feel are in danger of doing so. “What is Beyond going to do about it?” is a question that is frequently asked of …

Another Week Beyond – 1927

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Dear Friends 55 youth aged from 12 to 23 years old finished a 50km cycling trip last Saturday morning. They started off at East Coast Park at 10pm on Friday evening, headed toward Changi and looped back passing through Pasir Ris and Bedok Reservoir. They were exhausted and some had minor cuts and bruises, but they were all in good …

Another Week Beyond – 1926

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DearFriends About 6 years ago, the residents at the Henderson Neighbourhood showed us the meaning of local leadership and how a caring community could be an important factor that kept children out of trouble.  However, like everything else, a group has a lifespan and in between its inception and its closure there are the stages of development, maturity and decline. …