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Beyond Another Week Beyond, Women, youth

Dear friends, The youth were surprised when a mother revealed that when she was violated as a child, the adults she confided in did not believe her. It was an experience the other three mothers present resonated with and they added that such was their reality when they were young. After a brief pause, one of the youth responded, “I …

Another Week Beyond – 2247

Beyond Another Week Beyond

Dear friends, 15 years ago, a 3-year-old girl we shall call Nina was a student at our Healthy Start Child Development Centre. Her mother was a foreigner, and she was born before her parents were officially married. We remember her because while she had a Singapore birth certificate, she did not have citizenship.  When her father was incarcerated, Nina moved …

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Beyond Another Week Beyond, Community, Family circles

Dear friends, Last month we featured Ela her on our Facebook page. She shared her story with us as she wanted to acknowledge how being a part of Family Circles had benefitted her. When her circle met this week, she appeared rather upbeat, and others present complimented her for coming a long way. They recalled how they were deeply concerned …

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Beyond Another Week Beyond, foreign workers

Dear friends,  Global Handwashing Day took place on 15 October, and it was a day to highlight the value of washing our hands with soap and water to ward off disease. To honour the spirit of the day, Soap Cycling Singapore in collaboration with Purely Fragrances, hosted several complimentary soap making workshops for us this past month. The soap bars produced were then distributed to various social …

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Beyond Another Week Beyond, volunteer

Dear friends, Weng Lum and Qayyim were seated at a stone table usually used for chess games. They were not having a game of chess but pouring over Qayyim’s school work in preparation for the upcoming year-end examinations. They were also oblivious to a male stranger in his 60s who was observing them while seated at a similar table some …

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Beyond Another Week Beyond, HeadStrong

Dear friends, 2 youth who were unable to reach our meeting venue on time requested for arrangements to join the session online. We were discussing the topic of failure and they felt a need to register their thoughts on what it meant to them and how it made them feel. “Failure is when you are in a bad place and you …

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Beyond Another Week Beyond, youth

Dear friends, 8 youth from different neighbourhoods responded enthusiastically to an invitation to explore how they could lead or be a part of a social action project that they cared about. They told us that they were inspired by mothers in their respective neighbourhoods who organized community activities, spoke to their neighbours about improving their health and cared for older …

Another Week Beyond – 2241

Beyond Another Week Beyond, HeadStrong

Dear friends, Last Monday, 10 October 2022 was World Mental Health Day. The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes mental health as a “basic human right. And it is crucial to personal, community and socio-economic development.” WHO elaborates that it is not just the absence of mental disorders, but good mental health is having a state of mind where we cope …

Kumarr, on Mapping Strengths

Beyond Another Week Beyond

The research I do in Beyond Social Services is not the kind you might think about when the word is said. We have done qualitative and quantitative research reports, but we also have been trying methods that involve the community in the research itself. A staple tool that Beyond uses is the community mapping tool, where we identify common trends …

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Beyond Another Week Beyond, Restorative Justice

Dear friends,  On Monday, a 20-year-old ended a WhatsApp conversation with a thumbs up while waiting to be escorted to the reformative training centre. He initiated the conversation by thanking us for introducing him to Prison Fellowship Singapore (PFS) and requesting us to check on his mother which we assured him that we would. 2 Fridays ago, this young person’s mother reached …