Attaining New Baking Skills: Turning Lives arounds at Beyond

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In Lianhe Zaobao newspaper November 26, 2019:

“In five years, not only has Yashmin moved from the shelter to a rental flat, she has also met her husband, who also volunteered with Beyond Social Services. At the same time, she organises baking workshops and receives many orders on festive days.”

This article features Bakers’ Beyond new training space at Blk 75 Whampoa Drive. The space was designed by Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s “etc.lab” and will give more mothers an opportunity to generate some income for their families, meet new friends and develop their skills.

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Youth theatre festival takes hard look at poverty in Singapore

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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

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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.

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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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Building connections with residents of rental flats

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In ZaoBao newspaper, May 15, 2019:

Joanne Yau, a community worker at Beyond Social Services, is also a mother of two. She shares, “My conversations with parents who live in rental flats usually revolve around our children’s education and health. I’ve learned that some things we take for granted are very difficult for them to access.”

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

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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.