Giving Choices Back

In Media mentions by Kumarr

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 Kumarr

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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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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Youth and Social Interaction

In Reports, Resources by Kumarr

Author: Tan Jiang Ling Germaise from Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Having problems with social interaction and relationships has been shown to be linked with aggressive verbal and physical behaviour. This kind of behaviour is one of the risk factors for delinquency in youth. In 2011, this paper discussed an intervention program that helps youth develop awareness of their social interaction styles as according to the DiSC Personality Test. With this data, Beyond Social Services uses these profiles to focus on a strength-based model when working with at-risk youth.

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Children and Young Persons Act

In Archive by Kumarr

Author: Beyond Social Services

In 2010, Beyond published a report on recommendations that should be incorporated into the proposed amendments of the Children and Young Persons Act. It focused on the inconsistencies present throughout the sections of the bill and aspects that should be added into it. For example, in regards to the New Section 8A, Beyond notices that it gives more power to executives concerning the need for child protection and should thus be questioned and made more specific.

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Round two of feedback of the Children and Young Persons Act then looked at the amended bill that was introduced during the parliamentary session. It focused on areas in which are ideas were taken into consideration, areas in which improvement should still be made, and new areas that were added and should be revised. Overall, the efforts of Beyond’s advocacy emphasised how weaknesses in our child protection system lie in the inability of the state, the families, the communities and voluntary work organisations to work together towards a vision.