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Youth United Impact Study- Beyond Social Services

In Facts and Figures, Reports, Resources by Vairam

In Singapore today, 26.65% of households have incomes less than half of the national median income. Families in 276 public rental housing blocks across Singapore are also getting by on a gross monthly income of $1,500 and below – just enough to meet their daily basic needs.

In helping these families, non-profit organisation, Beyond Social Services (Beyond) remains true to its conviction that the community plays a key role. Over the past eight years, Beyond has been creating their own community development model, which takes on a whole-of-society approach and emulates key practices from around the world.

To measure the impact of their work thus far, Beyond embarked on a study with Blackbox Research to evaluate the effectiveness of its approach and the efficacy of a community development approach.

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Strengthening Communities in Low-Income Families in Singapore

In Reports, Resources by Sam

Author(s): Members from LKYSPP, Ng Lin Kai, Chua Hui Chee, Xiong Hao Ming, Mohammed Masrahi

46 in-depth interviews with households in low-income neighbourhoods were conducted to find out how local stakeholders (such as Beyond Social Services, Resident’s Committee, Family Service Centre, and the community residents) can best support low-income families to integrate into the larger community. These interviews analysed the relationships between individuals (micro) as well as between community stakeholders (macro).

The macro analysis revealed that there were problems with community stakeholders collaborating with each other, problems with the representativeness of community leaders and that sources of funding decided the bargaining power of stakeholders. The micro analysis revealed that there was a lack of effective platforms needed to bridge segregated social networks, a lack of meaningful activities and emotional support to bond residents.

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Understanding the Underserved Needs of Youth-At-Risk in Singapore: A Self-Determination Approach

In Reports, Resources by Sam

Commissioned by Caritas Singapore, this study identifies gaps in services for youth-at-risk from the perspective of social service professionals and youth-at-risk. Results showed a mismatch between social service provision and client expectations, and highlighted the importance of considering the psychological need for autonomy and relatedness in bridging the gaps.

With regards to Beyond-specific data, the youth participants of Beyond Social Services reported more positive experiences of psychological needs (autonomy, competence and relatedness) and physical needs in their lives, as well as through the programmes at Beyond.

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Giving Choices Back

In Media mentions by Sam

In ArtsWokCollaborative E-Newsletter Issue #2, Dec 19, 2018

Community development is “about giving the choices back to the community” says Izzaty Ishak, a theatre-maker and community worker with Beyond Social Services. “Their personal stories become a strength, an opportunity for them to educate other people.”

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How Beyond Social Services scheme gets rental block residents to help one another

In Media mentions by Sam

In Straits Times newspaper Nov 21, 2018:

“It is such strong neighbourly ties that Beyond Social Services hopes to foster through its Youth United Programme. It facilitates the building of relationships between rental block residents through activities and common interests and through such ties, residents come together to tackle their neighbourhood’s and their own issues.”

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