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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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Youth theatre festival takes hard look at poverty in Singapore

In Media mentions, Resources by Sam

In The Straits Times newspaper July 23, 2019:

“There are many misconceptions about poverty in Singapore: that people are poor because they are lazy, or that there is no such thing as poverty in the island state.

A youth theatre festival at the Esplanade now seeks to counter these beliefs by delving into the issue of poverty with a slate of shows borne from over a year of research.”

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Ground-Up Efforts at Community Development in Singapore

In Media mentions, Reports, Resources by Sam

The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) organised a workshop to showcase findings from two case studies conducted by IPS on organisations that adopt ground-up approaches to community building: Beyond Social Services and ArtsWok Collaborative.

The discussion covered topics of impact measurement, participatory processes and the role of the government.

In concluding the workshop, Mr Gerard Ee highlighted that the communities and networks people are part of contribute significantly to their well-being.

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Beyond Social Services volunteer plays the role of ‘neighbourhood’ mother.

In Media mentions, Resources by Sam

In Berita Harian newspaper, May 20, 2019:

In addition to carrying out her responsibilities as a mother of five, Ms. Suraiyah Mohamed Ghaus also shows concern and affection for other children in her neighborhood at Jalan Tenteram, such that they call her ‘Ibu GG’. She has been a neighbourhood leader with Beyond Social Services
for 12 years and has forged close ties with her neighbours.

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English translation

Self-Reliance from the Perspective of Financial Assistance Beneficiaries and Social Workers: a Foucauldian Discourse Analysis

In Reports, Resources by Sam

Author: Pee Abigail, National University of Singapore
Partnering with Beyond Social Services, Sengkang FSC and Serangoon Moral FSC, the study employed semi-structured interviews of beneficiaries and social workers to understand how the discourse of self-reliance occurs in the Singapore social service sector.
Findings from this research highlighted that self-reliance was constructed as an outcome, process, and frame of mind. Achieving self-reliance was discoursed as an individual, community and systemic effort, including discursive constructions such as employment and skills-upgrading, moral support from the community, and understanding systemic barriers.
The findings justified the need for the reconsideration of interventions towards financial assistance beneficiaries such as the use of asset-building to cope with economic and social shifts, provision of higher moral support, and higher emphasis on clinical social work to drive systemic changes. Further implications also include challenging the dominant discourse of self-reliance, and the need for social workers to practise reflexivity.

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

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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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