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Beyond Another Week Beyond, Family

Dear Friends, In 1991, we operated the Bukit Ho Swee Family Service Centre which was one of the first 4 pilot FSCs in Singapore. The FSC was conceptualised as a one-stop facility in response to the existing and emerging social needs of a locality. A few years later, the FSC focused on promoting the well-being of families as the basic …

Another Week Beyond – 2333

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Community

Dear Friends, We run a fathers’ support group on Sunday mornings at the Yishun neighbourhood.  Sundays because it is the only time the fathers can spare from their busy work schedule. This week, 3 fathers came by and as one was new, we recapped the goal of the group that had been collectively decided previously. The 3 goals were i. To …

Another Week Beyond – 2331

Beyond Another Week Beyond

Dear Friends, 11 caregivers listened intently to a briefing on what a personal accident insurance policy would mean for them. The briefing was conducted by a couple of volunteers in Mandarin and English and translated into Malay where needed. Their children who accompanied them were looked after by volunteers in another room and so they were able to give their …

Another Week Beyond – 2331

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Children and youth

Dear Friends, The Girls Brigade invited us to speak about poverty at their annual camp called Fast Food and Fuzz.¬†¬†The aim of the camp was to nurture a sense of gratitude among its participants for the various blessings they enjoy.¬†In their invitation letter, they asked if we could explain the causes of poverty, the challenges faced by those affected and …

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Beyond Another Week Beyond

Dear Friends, 2 Mondays ago, we had the privilege of introducing our community development practices to a roomful of educators. We prepared a day-long programme where they experienced how we would go about addressing a neighbourhood conflict guided by a framework for non-violent communication. The goal of such work is to deescalate the conflict and to restore cordiality if not …

Another Week Beyond – 2329

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Community

Dear Friends, On Monday evening, we welcomed 13 cyclists and their volunteer safety crew with a home-cooked dinner, clean towels, and ice-cold drinks. Since 2014, the Epic Cyclist Group has been organising an annual endurance ride that covers at least 1000 kilometres to raise funds and awareness for charity. Over the years, they have raised some¬†¬†¬†S$4.4 million dollars for the¬†Kidney …

Another Week Beyond – 2328

Beyond Another Week Beyond, community spirit

Dear Friends, 3 months ago, when we asked 3 mothers what would bring neighbours together, their spontaneous answer was “Food!” One of them is a volunteer who organises the distribution of food drop-offs by the¬†Jamiyah Food Bank,¬†elaborated that food is a way to do good. Every fortnight when the truckful of groceries arrives, 4 to 6 neighbours will help her …

Another Week Beyond – 2327

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Children and youth

Dear Friends, 2 Sundays ago, I was making my way to the office to prepare for our volunteer-run¬†chiropractic clinic¬†when the van in front of mine stopped. It was a one-way street and the driver got out and walked toward me. It was a courier van, and I was thinking that the guy was having difficulty locating an address and wanted …

Another Week Beyond – 2326

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Community

Dear Friends, Last Sunday, we concluded the first run of our¬†Community Fellowship Programme¬†with a knowledge festival where 6 fellows from 3 neighbourhoods presented their efforts and their learnings to¬†their neighbours as well as some service providers they had collaborated with. This programme received significant funding from the Bank of America for which we are thankful. It’s been 18 months since …