Beyond Social Services embarked on a joint exercise with National Council of Social Services and Just Cause Asia to illustrating how our services are organised to meet the long term outcomes of social mobility for our members.
In TodayOnline newspaper April 1, 2017:
“Fresh out of school after completing his GCE ‘A’ Levels in 1997, national sprinter UK Shyam took a job waiting tables at an American diner, eating patrons’ leftovers because he could not afford to pay for meals.”
In TodayOnline newspaper Feb 20, 2018:
“Every day, single mother Azizah Mohamed Noor wakes up at 5am in the morning to shower and prepare for work in her two-room flat at Lengkok Bahru, which is shared with her four children and a wheel-chair bound mum.”
In The Pride magazine Oct 09, 2017:
“For the past 35 years, he’s kept at-risk youths off the streets and helped vulnerable individuals find new purpose in their lives.”
First appearing in Straits Times newspaper Oct 20, 2013:
“In a Singapore where many cry out for more social services, a lone voice in the wilderness is crying out for a scale-down.
It belongs to Mr Gerard Ee, executive director of Beyond Social Services, a voluntary welfare organisation which helps curb delinquency among young people from low-income families.”
In Straits Times newspaper Feb 23, 2017:
“In fast-paced Singapore, there are those in need – and those who take up the cudgels on their behalf. This is the fifth in a series on noteworthy causes that The Straits Times will be spotlighting.”
In Straits Times newspaper Feb 4, 2018:
“While some surveys show the divides of race and religion easing, others point to how class divisions are sharpening. In the second of an occasional series supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Senior Social Affairs Correspondent Theresa Tan explores how some young people and community groups are working to build a cohesive society.”
Authors: Gerard Ee, Kokila Annamalai, Samuel Tang
Renewing our focus on bringing together people from different walks of life and empowering them requires us to reframe our role from professional service providers to professional facilitators. This document serves to guide and re-organise our efforts with a view to becoming more intentional in creating empowered communities and a compassionate society.
Author(s): Samuel Tang, Gerard Ee for publication in “Mobilising Diverse Community Assets to meet Social Needs” IPS Exchange Series (2017) 12: 104-122
This article outlines the reasons and approach that Beyond Social Services takes in its pursuit of developing communities from the inside out. It identifies 4 best practices in the work that have been integral to the empowering the local community
A group of volunteers started out with a simple question, “What if we could take a group of less privileged kids and have them feel so special and experience so much love and joy that they could ignite the same in their own homes and lives as well?” The question got them excited and they eventually conceptualised SUPERHERO WOW DAY, where these kids could be superheroes for a day and see the possibilities how they may improve their own lives and that of those around them.
Educator Deborah Meier believes that children use fantasy to get into the real world and in this vein, volunteer group LP151 certainly got it right as they mapped out activities for our children to live the life of a superhero for a day; designing their very own costumes, undertaking secret missions and taking home a memento that will remind them of a day where they were unafraid to stand for what they believed in. LP151 showed us that with a little passion and hearts in the right place, people can come up with meaningful and impactful initiatives. Here is the programme flow that these volunteers proposed and executed.
Dhatin, a mother of xx children told us that it was the most enjoyable activity ever that her children had participated in. Usually, her children are at home with not much to do except to watch television after they are done with their homework. So, it made her very happy to see the void deck below her flat transformed into fantasy playground for her children. The activity also enabled her to observe how capable her children were. She was pleasantly surprised that her 4-year-old could differentiate between the “fish” he was supposed to catch and the “trash” that he was to discard. At the end of the day, she was a proud mother thinking about how she could encourage her children to excel.
All of us tend to thrive when we are in the company of nurturing people and LP151 was the loving, respectful and trusting adult presence that assured our children that they are capable of learning. Their presence also gave children the confidence to share what they have learned. We found it most encouraging hearing children say that they learned that they must always try to be helpful.
“Ignite Love, Ignite Joy, Empower All” is the motto of this volunteer group and we think they certainly lived up to it.
Enjoy your weekend
Life doesn’t give us purpose. We give life purpose. – The Flash