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. …

Another Week Beyond – 1925

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Dear Friends, We continued our conversation with a group of boys about healthy relationships, sex and family planning (AWB – 1911). This time we offered biryani instead of burgers and 6 “older” youth showed up.  After dinner and a game of charades that got everyone laughing heartily, the youth were paired up; some with an adult volunteer.  Each pair was …

Another Week Beyond – 1924

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Dear friends, Last Friday, the youth from our Community Theatre Programme set foot into the Esplanade Theatre Studio for the first time.   They were checking out the venue as from 1 to 3 August 2018, they will be staging The Block Party, an original play there.  Although they had performed   at communal spaces in different neighbourhoods, being inside the theatre …

Another Week Beyond – 1923

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Dear Friends Sometimes, those who tell us that they are coming for a meeting or an event do not show up. As a result, we tend to get a little disappointed and even blame them for not honouring their word.  However, it would be apt to ask ourselves, “How have we contributed to this very situation that we are complaining …