The land full of kiasu, self-centred people” — a common description of Singaporeans familiar to all of us. Living in such a competitive and fast-paced society like Singapore’s, it is easy to feel cynical about our fellow “unfriendly” Singaporeans.

But is this really true?

Perhaps the little rays of hope and acts of kindness just escape our eyes. Perhaps we are simply blind to the initiatives already taken up by our average day-to-day citizens.

To prove that Singapore has not yet lost its kampong spirit, we, A Good Space, dug deep and found that there are many individuals out there who are already taking the step forward to spread love and kindness in this little city.

These citizens do not wait for the Government or institutions to solve our problems but took the initiative to handle these problems themselves. Despite the many challenges they face, these ground-ups are determined to build a city of good.

Here are just 30 of the many inspiring stories that will make you have faith in humanity again…

Read on to find out how you can be part of this positive change and restore humanity!

1. Happy People Helping People

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We at Happy People Helping People Community, aim to create more awareness about our independently-surviving elderly in our society, namely those who are without sufficient, or any at all, family and government support. As we all know, Singapore is currently ranked THE most expensive city to live in, in the world. If many of us, who are working, struggle to make ends meet, imagine how difficult it would be for senior citizens who are no longer get hired?

There are also many who are neglected by their children and, because of their refusal to report against their own children, are denied help from Government agencies. There are also many other reasons why, they are not eligible to receive welfare e.g. staying in purchased flat. We hope that by creating more awareness about these elderly living in our society, our followers can better understand their situations.

Other than creating awareness, we are also helping more than 200 independently-surviving elderly all over Singapore, namely, Ang Mo Kio, Jalan Besar, Toa Payoh, Chinatown, Geylang and Bedok with their daily meals and we also organise at least one outing for them every month.

What made you want to do this?

Because their problem, will be our problem. We are an ageing population. If the youths of today do not work together to highlight and brainstorm ways to help improve the situation, one day, you and I will end up in their shoes. There’s no pride in being a first world nation who’s doing economically well, if we neglect our elders and allow them to dig through dumpsters to put food on their table.

Want to volunteer with them? Or simply want to find out more? Head over to:

https://www.facebook.com/HappyPeopleHelpingPeople/

https://www.facebook.com/HappyPeopleHelpingPeople/videos/1118788984924854/

2. Homeless Hearts

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We started Homeless Hearts in July 2014 to raise awareness of the homeless in Singapore, and to find out how to help them. We focus on befriending them, helping them get back on their feet, and advocating for more supportive policies and public understanding of the homeless in Singapore.

We do our official outreaches on every other Saturday in the central areas of Singapore, and also establish partnerships with fellow homeless outreach groups to coordinate and collaborate on joint projects to serve the homeless. We also seek to help encourage and mentor interested volunteers who want to start up their own homeless outreach groups too.

What made you want to do this?

In Singapore, the official channels of help available to displaced families and individuals are already quite well-established. Hence, the Homeless Hearts of Singapore focuses heavily on relationship-building and most of our operations are done on the streets.

We hope to complement existing efforts by offering friendship and temporary aid for those who are still on the street, to motivate and assist them while they seek help through official channels.

Want to be a part of Homeless Hearts Singapore? Find out more about them here https://fb.com/homelessSG.

3. For the People and Community

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For The People & Community (FTPC) started out as a private initiative by a group of dedicated volunteers coming together with a mission to reach out to the needy and underprivileged members of the community who mostly resides in rental flats across the island.

Over the years, FTPC has evolved from giving out cooked porridge to grocery packs to households in need. As our mission depicts, we strive to continuously reach out to the families in need of support and assistance. We are broadening our care lists from the needy and underprivileged families to more eligible households such as those less fortunate by circumstances, low income families that fall in between the cracks and the elderly.

From just merely distributing grocery packs, we are now working into expanding our core activities that will be beneficial “For The People & Community”. We do not want to only be your arm in kindness, but we also want to facilitate like-minded people & allow others the opportunity to serve.

What made you want to do this?

When our co-founder found it hard to believe that there were no needy families in our well developed country, she went out to explore with a pot of cooked porridge to one of the rental estates in the east, 6 years ago. Truth be told, many old folks came queuing up for a serving. Having spent time chatting with these old folks, many shared their dilemmas, life stories and concerns about getting on such platform for support and assistance. She now believes that such outreach needs to be addressed and hence started FTPC.

Inspired and want to find out more? Check out their social media platforms at the links below!

www.ftpcsgp.com

https://www.facebook.com/FTPCsgp/

https://www.instagram.com/ftpcsgp/

4. Society Staples

Tell us more about what you do!

We do all things disability and inclusion related, be it promoting awareness, educating people or even creating events and platforms that seed and foster integration. It may come in the form of experiential programmes for organisations and schools, engagement initiatives that work with different stakeholders in the ecosystem to address gaps in the sector, or even inclusive activities for everyone to enjoy. Anything and everything related to inclusion of People with Disabilities, we are either already part of it, or working towards it.

What made you want to do this?

Given the number of times we used inclusion above and in our daily conversations, it is clear that we are big on it and very serious about making it happen. Each of us have our own reasons and purpose on why we chose this path, but our clearest intent and goal is to improve the lives of Persons with Disabilities and their families.

We have been on the ground, we have heard all these stories and worries, we have seen how much more there needs to be done. And even if we were not in the position to change anything, we took matters in our hands and place ourselves in that position, because it is high time we bridge the gap of inequality, pay forward all that this country has given us, and create a community that accepts, embraces and cares for each other, a community that genuinely includes everyone.

Want to find out more about Society Staples and how you can be a part of their team? Click on the links below!

http://www.societystaples.com.sg/

https://www.facebook.com/SocietyStaples/

https://www.instagram.com/societystaples/

5. SDI Academy

Tell us more about what you do!

SDI Academy is an ed-tech social enterprise which empowers blue-collar migrant workers with Customised English Communication Skills and IT Skills etc. for a safer workplace. We have written a book — Dr English — which is a comprehensive scenario-based English guidebook for Migrant workers and it has been translated in their native language.

We also hold training classes for the migrant workers, which are located at Yale-NUS College, Nanyang Technological University, PSB Academy, Leo Dormitory, Penjuru Dormitory, Tuas View Dormitory, Westlite-Jalan Papan Dormitory etc. SDI Academy envisions an inclusive society by providing a platform to bring Migrant Workers and Mainstream society together.

What made you want to do this?

The Migrant Workers in Singapore are part of the backbone of Singapore’s Economy, yet they are disadvantaged because of their inability to understand English, which is the language medium spoken in our society. We aim to eradicate the language barrier for the Migrant workers in their workplace and provide the 1.4 million migrant workers with a greater understanding of cultural norms, as well as the knowledge to ensure optimal workplace safety and better assimilation to our society.

Our vision is to reach out to all the existing Migrant Workers and the incoming ones through expanding our existing outreach programs, and through a series of community involvement projects.

Find out more about SDI Academy and how you can play a part here!

https://www.sdi-academy.org/

https://www.facebook.com/SDIAcademy/

6. Project We Forgot

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Project We Forgot (PWF) is a community for caregivers to persons with dementia that provides peer support, knowledge resources, and access to relevant services for dementia care. We build awareness and knowledge of managing and living with dementia by sharing local and international content with our community.

What made you want to do this?

Caring for someone with dementia can take significant toll on a caregiver’s health. You may eventually withdraw from friends and social activities and soon find yourself feeling exhausted, depressed and alone in your journey. It is important that you take time to talk to someone about the ups and downs of caring for your loved one.

Learn even more about Project We Forgot here! community.projectweforgot.com

7. The Morning Greeters

Tell us more about what you do!

The Morning Greeters (TMG) carry out greet and run sessions every Sunday morning at 7:15am at the allocated gathering point. The location is sent out via our social media platforms every mid week. The session is carried out over a period of 45 minutes and will end off with a breakfast session.

The whole idea behind the movement is to encourage and advocate fellow Singaporeans to be friendly and helpful to one another. Our hope is that through these actions, it will form up the foundation and to build trust within this environment so that for instance, when our loved ones enter into a mishap on the streets, they will always be watched and assisted immediately.

Hence, with that idea in mind, we want to multiply this action from myself and my team to more people through a ripple effect. Singapore is a really small place and it is easy for us to bump into familiar faces on the streets, so we just wish that more dots will be connected.

What made you want to do this?

I feel that Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world and everyone should be even more friendly as well as helpful to one another. By starting The Morning Greeters, we hope that as a movement, we can show others how to do it in their own ways.

Want to exercise while doing good? Learn how to join the morning greeters by checking out their social media platforms!

http://themorninggreeters.com/

https://www.facebook.com/tm.greeters/

https://www.instagram.com/themorninggreeters/

8. Hope Dog Rescue

Tell us more about what you do!

HOPE Dog Rescue is an animal welfare group comprising a group of animal lovers who help animals that are are abused, neglected or abandoned.

Every week, we mobilise volunteers who will distribute canned food, and feed the strays in factories and construction sites. We rely on volunteers and members of the public to contribute food and prepare home cooked meals in large quantities for our feeding sessions. We will check the strays for wounds and injuries, and administer first aid. We will also look out for dogs that require sterilisation, to help curb the stray population.

HOPE does not give up on these special needs dogs despite the difficulty and challenging care that are required for them. We approach fosters who are capable of caring for these difficult cases and help them when the need arises.

Our volunteers who hold full-time jobs and school, not only feed, cook, foster and accompany dogs to vets, but they also write, photograph, design, build awareness and outreach.

What made you want to do this?

As animal lovers, we strongly feel that all animals should be treated with love and respect but unfortunately, many animals suffer, due to a lack of kindness. Life on the streets is harsh for these strays. They are exposed to the elements and live in fear, so the least we can do is to fulfill their basic needs.

While seeing this cruelty and neglect is painful, and emotionally draining, we simply cannot walk away when their doleful eyes look up to us for help. What keeps us moving forward is when we see the smiles on their faces after they recover and when we find them a happy home.

Love animals? Wait no more and sign up as a volunteer or simply find out more about Hope Dog Rescue here!

https://www.facebook.com/Hopedogrescuesg/

https://www.instagram.com/Hopedogrescue/

http://hopedogrescue.blogspot.sg/

9. Kodrah Kristang

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Kodrah Kristang aims to revitalise the critically endangered language Kristang in Singapore.

We’ve developed our own 160-hour structured curriculum for Kristang across eight modules using a pedagogy that mainly privileges games and interaction — — learning the language through fun and social activity, but in a structured and systematic way.

Our class profile is generally extremely diverse; we cater to youths, seniors, non-Eurasians and Eurasians. We’ve taken capable learners as young as 10 and as old as 89, and we pride ourselves on a curriculum that caters to both youths and seniors and is accessible for both groups while still remaining engaging, systematic and fun.

We currently run classes 3 times a week while developing the syllabus, games, activities, resources, an Online Dictionary, assessments and other materials, all on a voluntary basis.

What made you want to do this?

Kristang is the critically endangered heritage language of the Portuguese-Eurasian community in Singapore. The language was once widely spoken throughout the Portuguese-Eurasian community in Singapore and Malacca until the 1930s; however, in Singapore at present, intergenerational transmission of the language has ceased, and few Singaporeans even know it exists.

My team and I lead a non-profit intergenerational revitalisation effort known as Kodrah Kristang (‘Awaken, Kristang’) that seeks to preserve and revitalise the critically endangered Portuguese-Eurasian language Kristang in Singapore by teaching the language to a new generation of speakers.

Learn a new language and sign up for the next workshop by checking out these links!

https://kodrahkristang.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/kodrahkristang/

10. Personal Stories for a Sea of Change

Tell us more about what you do!

Hi, I am Michael Cheng, an applied drama practitioner. I use applied drama and action methods in working with vulnerable communities, social issues, and personal development. In 2017, I held 8 sessions of Personal Stories for a Sea of Change, under the auspices of A Good Space.

These sessions are for anyone and everyone, who is curious and willing to come build a space for interpersonal connections, self-exploration and reflection, and mutual support. I see it also as a kind of midweek respite (it’s always on Wednesdays!), a space for anyone to release their creative spirits, and to find rejuvenation through community wisdom.

What made you want to do this?

My work involves working with people, and there is such a need for us to share our individual stories with one another, and to nourish our spirits through creativity. I hope to do my bit to hold a (Good!) space for whoever comes.

I hope the space is good and safe enough for people to feel connected and nourished. If it is good, some people will come back. For those who don’t, maybe they have already received what they need.

Want to attend the next Personal Stories for a Sea of Change workshop? Head to https://playbacktheatresingapore.peatix.com/view to sign up!

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11. The Unusual School

Tell us more about what you do!

My project is about developing emotional intelligence by applying psychology, philosophy and culture to everyday life. Our trainers are quite unusual as they could be a visually impaired, deaf, senior, ex-convict or a poor individual. We address issues such as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one’s past, how to achieve calm, and how better to understand the world.

What made you want to do this?

The marginalised communities e.g. visually impaired, ex-inmates have extensive life journey to share and in these life journey there are many life values and emotions that can be converted to teachable moments for others to learn and be inspired. Well their stories inspired me to do this. The social issue that I am tackling is to provide the dignity back to the marginalised communities by creating a role reversal where they are the workshops facilitators.

Sign up for these transformational sessions and cultivate empathy for the differently-abled here https://www.facebook.com/theunusualschool.

12. Dyad Evenings

Tell us more about what you do!

The Dyad Evening is a platform and space where attendees can come and experience authentic communication as well as gain clarity around common life issues such as power, money and sex. It is also a place where attendees can learn a simple process of communication that allows them to connect easily with others. Many people do not get a chance to say what they want to say or need to say without being interrupted or invalidated. The Dyad Evening allows them the chance to do that. We also share how to bring this form of communication into life and improve communication/conversations with others.

What made you want to do this?

This communication tool we use in the Dyad Evening is part of our of larger body of work and mission to help others lead better lives. As social creatures, humans crave communication and many things that happen or how people react are usually a form of communication about self, life or other individuals. The process and tools we now teach and share have helped us in our own lives and made a big difference in being where we are today.

Come for the next DYAD evening and gain new perspectives! Check out http://mavencomms.com/wordpress/index.php/dyad-evening/.

13. Hush Teabar

Tell us more about what you do!

Hush is Singapore first silent teabar and a social movement that is beyond determined to bring self care and social inclusion to every workplace and community — with a cup of tea in silent reflection, making tea art and learning signs of love completely led by Deaf facilitators.

What made you want to do this?

Founded by Anthea Ong, she started Hush as a social experiment in 2014 to challenge the alarming rise of workplace stress and mental health conditions in Singapore by encouraging busy urbanites to slow down and take a pause whilst at the same time providing empowerment, beyond employment, for the Deaf (known as ‘TeaRistas’). Because in silence, we remember who we are and who we are to each other.

Anthea also sets out to challenge the notion of disAbility in our society — in a world of silence where no spoken words are needed, where is the disability of the Deaf? Who is the disabled one? She hopes that this will provide a space for experiential empathy and perspective-taking to counter an increasingly-polarised society.

Join the Movement. Rush to Hush. For a Better World.

Click here to join hush@hushteabar.com!

14. Honesty Circles (Playmoolah)

Tell us more about what you do!

We build healthy relationships and practices when it comes to money.

Financial stress has become a key worry among young working adults, who are now more globally-aware with a desire to contribute in meaningful ways to their community. The money questions we hold are in fact so much intertwined with how we want to live meaningfully — How do I balance my passion and my paycheck? How much is enough?

How do I afford my first house and save up joyfully? How can I use my money mindfully for the wellbeing of people and the planet? These are not questions to be answered, but questions to be lived, and we want to look at money through the lens not as a goal to be achieved (achieve $100K by 30 years old) but rather what it means to live a fulfilling life.

What made you want to do this?

Many young people feel anxious and lost when it comes to the topic of money. Many of us don’t feel safe to have a conversation with our partners or families about it. We felt a hunger in our community to create a safe space to talk about money, as there is an unconscious narrative and culture of money in our society that we cannot see when we cannot name.

Being conscious and making sense of it in a group allows us to see clearly that we have a lot more choices than we think we have, and grows a support community to journey in our own ways in building a positive relationship and practice with money.

To find out more, head over to their website or Facebook page!

http://www.playmoolah.com/

https://www.facebook.com/playmoolah/

15. Skillseed

Tell us more about what you do!

Hi! We’re from Skillseed, a social enterprise that collaborates with NGOs and other social enterprises across Asia (and sometimes beyond) to craft themed, experiential learning journeys for social impact!

We exist to impact youths by matching their passion to potential and unleashing that goodness to empower our community partners through skilled/knowledge-based volunteerism. Ultimately, our core purpose is to be part of a greater ecosystem in addressing today’s problems for tomorrow.

What made you want to do this?

We started Skillseed frustrated by the status quo of school service projects that overlook the potential of of skilled youths and undermine sustainable change in host communities — convicted that we can and must do better!

Our work helps youths match their passion to potential, discover purpose and become change-catalysts through our experiential learning courses for social impact — we’re looking to reach 10,000 youth by 2030, if not more! Success, to us, is facilitating youth’s growth in terms of their passion to make social impact, personal development, global awareness, community engagement, and cultural competence — while simultaneously facilitating projects that create a sustainable impact on host communities.

Collaboration is an integral part of our DNA — we look forward to getting to know all of you and making more impact together!

For more information, click on http://www.skillseed.sg/ to find out more!

16. Laughter Yoga

Tell us more about what you do!

Hello! I am Dr. Yvonne Looi, I am a Joyologist. I specialise in Laughter Yoga and Happiness Workshops for organisations and enterprises. I also founded the Nation of Joy, a movement with a mission to grow Singapore into a Nation of Joy!

Nation of Joy is a wave of initiatives to bring about joy in the form of laughter yoga, happiness workshops and events around the island. We organise laughter clubs, various fun events for the public as well as collaborations to bring joy to various organisations and charity groups.

What made you want to do this?

Growing up I have always wanted to share and bring out the happiness in others. I realised that many people are not as happy as they would like to be or can be. I then went on to read, research and train in the form of laughter and happiness and it gradually evolved to the Nation of Joy movement. I am blessed to have a like-minded team to spread the joy!

If you would like to laugh too, head over to http://www.dryvonnelooi.com/#laughter-yoga to learn more!

17. Project Yoga On Wheels

Tell us more about what you do!

Project Yoga-on-Wheels (Project YoW) is a secular social service project to bring the wide-ranging benefits of yoga to the needy and disadvantaged in Singapore, and hopefully, beyond.

What made you want to do this?

This initiative was founded in early 2011 by Anthea Ong, a diploma graduate of Ananda Marga Yoga Academy, with a few fellow graduates because we believe that yoga should be made available to those who may not have access due to their circumstances.

We have a community of over 25 certified yoga instructors who have served as volunteer teachers to the beneficiary clients of organisations such as aLife, HOME, Aidha, Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home, Star Shelter, Breast Cancer Foundation, Singapore Association for Mental Health, SilverAce, Lion’s Befrienders, HCA Hospice, Fei Yue Senior Activity Centre.

Read about Anthea’s yoga journey and how PYOW was formed in this Yoga Journal article http://yogajournal.com.sg/2018/02/20/anthea-ong/.

If you know of a group and/or organisation whose clients would benefit from yoga, please contact us at http://www.projectyogaonwheels.org.

18. U 3rd Age

Tell us more about what you do!

U 3rd Age is a community of senior citizens coming together to share life experiences and social-cultural values. It is a place where one’s life developmental learning can be achieved by sharing and learning. As a not-for-profit organisation (with no membership fees), we organise courses and activities to nudge seniors into later life learning. U 3rd Age is known internationally through www.myu3a.org, East Asia Federation for Adult Education (EAFAE, www.adultlearning.net), PIMA (Friends of PASCAL www.pascalobservatory.org), and had contributed to setting of U3As in another ASEAN country.

What made you want to do this?

It is our vision to encourage reflexive learning among seniors who are not afraid to share their mistakes, experiences and wisdom. Through our positive and uplifting SMS (Seniors-Meet-Seniors) discussions, retired and working seniors can examine their legacies for families and communities. As role-models in intergeneration bonding, seniors can promote critical thinking and have respect for other forms of cultures for children, youths and young adults. Third age is also the time for fun and meaningful living to achieve one’s vocation(s)in life.

If you would like to be part of U 3rd Age or simply just want to find out more, click on the following links below:

facebook.com/U3rdAge

u3a-singapore.com

u3rdage.eventbrite.com

19. Effective Altruism

Tell us more about what you do!

Effective Altruism (EA) is about doing more good to help others, in effective ways. We consider the causes that are some of the greatest problems in this world and how we can use our limited time and money to create a greater impact. We believe that ordinary individuals like us living in Singapore can make a lot of difference with what we have.

What made you want to do this?

Singapore is known to be a wealthy city state and one of the high-achieving countries in education globally. Many friends would say that there is nothing that we can do about issues like global poverty because they are too far and away. I’m driven to think otherwise. If we earn at least $30,000 a year, we’re among the top 5% of income earners in the world. Many of us are well-educated and skilled. Shifting our perspective a little can help us see that we have a lot more than we think and are very well-placed in the world.

I’d like to introduce EA to more people in Singapore. To catalyse more actions to give; to inspire more thoughtful analyses of issues; to spur more meaningful evaluations. So that we can all do more good, which could literally lead to saving others’ lives.

Want to learn more? Click on http://effectivealtruism.sg/ to find out!

20. Telling Stories Live

Tell us more about what you do!

Telling Stories Live has been going on for about 3 years already and we have featured over 70 storytellers. Every month, we will find 3 or 4 storytellers to tell true personal stories to a live audience. This year we are looking at doing something a little more strategic and when I hosted the Migrant Worker Poetry Competition last year, I was so moved by what Shivaji was doing that I thought I would love to do this with the Migrant community with TSL.

What made you want to do this?

I do it because I believe in the power of stories to move and inspire people. Also to give voice to people who don’t normally get a chance to be heard!

Interested? Head over to https://www.facebook.com/TellingStoriesLive/ to learn more!

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21. StonesoupSG

Tell us more about what you do!

StonesoupSG hopes to create platforms and spaces for people to connect with each other in a meaningful way. Through what we organise, we hope to inspire people to break the norm and look out for others, to work towards a society that is more warm, caring and inclusive.

We are currently ideating on a Social Experiment X Art Intervention Idea: Smile​ ​Zone​. Smile Zone focuses on how we manage our interactions with others, and questioning who shapes the daily interactions we experience. The idea is that people that enter the area are encouraged to smile at others.

Through a video, we hope to capture the genuine reactions of the people while they experience the zone. The underlying message is that smiling is easy and is not awkward as many may think. What if Singapore was a Smile Zone?

What made you want to do this?

Personally, after volunteering with several organisations and over a range of causes, I realised that the fundamental value of volunteering is to be kind and to come from a place of love and respect for one another.

The idea for Smile Zone came about when some friends were talking about how it is the social norm in other countries like Australia to greet others on the street and give them a smile. We felt that Singapore could do better with a culture like that. A smile to someone else might just make their day.

Check out StonesoupSG’s Instagram Page https://www.facebook.com/stonesoupsg/ share your story and remember to smile at someone today!

22. Vaangae Anna

Tell us more about what you do!

Vaangae Anna is a community initiative started with the vision of creating an inclusive Singapore — a Singapore where our migrant brothers are a part of society and are seen as people first. ​Many of us rarely know the men who have built and continue to build our nation everyday. We aim to hold monthly meet-ups with a constantly growing group of migrant workers and Singaporeans alike.

These meet-ups will focus on creating a safe space where everyone in the community can come together to share their skills, stories and enjoy the company of one another. It’s a community for anyone who is keen to learn more about our brothers, extend your friendship and become a part of their journey abroad.

This year, Vaangae Anna is looking to expand! Vaangae Anna: Puthandu Edition aims to provide a platform for our migrant brothers to celebrate the festivities of Puthandu (Tamil New Year) as they would back at home. We aim to serve both Indian migrant workers and Singaporeans alike for this project. It will be a space where Singaporeans will get a chance to befriend migrant workers over good Indian food, learn about the celebration of the Tamil New Year and allow workers to enjoy celebrations as they would at home.​

What made you want to do this?

In 2016, while we were volunteering for Project Chulia street, the workers we met told us we were the first Singaporeans they have had good conversation in Tamil with. This was particularly heartbreaking when most of the workers we speak to are the most genuine, hilarious and caring human beings and we come out of each conversation with a smile.

It has been our aim since then to encourage more Tamil speakers to talk and connect with the workers and to share their stories with all our friends, with the aim of reducing barriers and stereotypes that prevent Singaporeans from befriending them. We hope to work towards a community where they are truly a part of our society.

Join them at their upcoming festival! Find out more at https://tartsncards.wixsite.com/vaangaeanna.

23. Standby Collective

Tell us more about what you do!

We are ‘The Standby Collective’ and we aim to address the issue of sexual harassment on public transport by encouraging a collective culture of bystander intervention.

Interactive Web Series: A web series spanning 8 weeks has been put up on our Facebook page. This series highlights various situations of sexual harassment on public transport, as well as the various ways that bystanders can intervene. The interactive videos encourage audience participation by allowing them to shape the narrative of each following episode. They will be able to see the consequences of their own chosen actions and get a picture of how a similar situation may progress in real life.

Improv Theatre Workshops: We will be conducting improv theatre workshops in selected schools and companies, where participants will be able to act in simulated sexual harassment situations as participating bystanders. A facilitator will facilitate the session. By simulating their own actions, the workshops would allow participants to familiarise themselves with potential intervention mechanisms, making them more likely to replicate their behaviour in real life, and thus increasing their confidence in intervening.

What made you want to do this?

I was sexually assaulted when I was 18. When I went to the police station, I was made fun of for my size and instead of addressing and taking up my case, I was told not to joke about such issues and go home. I was disturbed and perplexed, having been told before that I shouldn’t talk about such issues.

Despite the effectiveness of SPF, I understood that not every case is treated the same.

We want to encourage a culture where perpetrators are deterred and bystander intervention is prevalent and integrated in society. We believe in the power of reshaping cultural norms starting from the ground-up. Every individual is imperative in shaping a better culture, one choice at a time.

Watch their web series and get updates about their improv theatre workshops here at https://www.facebook.com/thestandbycollectivesg/

24. SG Food Rescue

Tell us more about what you do!

Together with my co-founder Judee Tan, I started a ground-up initiative that rescues 1000 to 2000 kg of vegetables and fruits every week. We collect these from vegetable wholesalers and importers and transport them to soup kitchens and organisations that feed the needy and low-income.

What made you want to do this?

I observed that on one hand, tonnes of perfectly edible food are being thrown away every day by food suppliers and distributors; and on the other hand, there are 1 in 10 people in Singapore who are food insecure, that is, they can’t afford food, shelter, clothing and other basic essentials. This seemed ridiculous and so we decided to do something about it.

Join their movement and play your part in reducing food waste! https://sgfoodrescue.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/sgfoodrescue/

https://www.instagram.com/sgfoodrescue/

25. Acceptance, A Second Chance

Tell us more about what you do!

My project is acceptance and I want to target 30th September which is International Recovery Day. It is a day of celebration for people who are recovering from addictions.

What I have in mind is a community art project. The project will be started and initiated by a group of recovering addicts at WE CARE Community Services and NAMS (IMH). They will come up with the piece based on their road to recovery and what they went through in the process.

I want a physical 3 dimensional art piece that would be unveiled on the day and then we will invite the community to add the final touches by painting it with their fingerprints so everyone leaves a lasting mark.

What made you want to do this?

I used to work in the corporate world and made a switch to the social services sector about 7 years ago. In May last year I started volunteering at WE CARE and started with them full time in October. It has been an interesting learning curve and experience.

With the other 2 charities I worked at, there was more support from the community because the causes were environment and children. However, I found that addictions is not a sexy cause and people would generally not want to show support.

There is a stigma that is attached to this group of people and many people feel that this is a self-inflicted problem and the reason that they are unable to recover is due to a lack of willpower. This is far from the truth and the perception needs to be changed.

Talking to this group of people, I have learnt the struggles they have to change their lives and many have been shunned by family and friends, let alone the community at large.

To learn more about Raj’s project, you can get in touch with him at: rajkumar@wecare.org.sg

26. Relationship Banking

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Relationship Banking takes a proactive approach to understanding an individual’s changing roles and learning to improve relationships with family, friends, other informal support groups, and within a wide range of organisations such as religious and political groups.

‘YMCA MONDAYS’ is an informal group that has grown organically and meets informally every week to encourage each other on Active Ageing/Lifelong Learning (AA/LLL).

Besides enjoying good fellowship and sharing our life learnings, we engage in ad hoc volunteering and are evolving into a regular group to work with others on the important activities of Relationship Banking and converting learning into practical action.

What made you want to do this?

There is a beauty in our Relationship Banking program which equips us with ‘unconditional positive regard’ and leads to openness, acceptance, and understanding in our relationship with others.

And with the right attitude and a constructive mindset, we can better handle new challenges and create more opportunities for personal growth in every field of human endeavour.

Join Relationship Banking and find new friendships! Email Dexter at dextertai07@gmail.com.

27. Sea our Shores

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We are a group of youths under LepakinSG who are passionate about spreading the love for our Singapore Shores. In conjunction with International Year of the Reef next year, we have started “Sea Our Shores”, a series of workshops with different themes that all relate to our shores .

Firstly, participants will learn more about our marine habitat. This includes inviting a guest speaker and visiting the marine park gallery. With their newfound knowledge about what is in our reefs, they will also start to think about how to save these habitats.

They will also learn many new things from each other! The discussion groups that they are in will allow them to hear each other’s views on why the reef interests them and how they want to play their part to save these habitats.

What made you want to do this?

Singapore may be an island that is surrounded by sea, yet few people know of the rich marine life our waters hold. Our marine habitats are in grave danger. The warming ocean has caused our coral reefs to bleach, and sedimentation as well as land reclamation all threaten to smother our shores. It breaks our heart that there is a possibility that we could lose all our precious ecosystems without anyone knowing about it.

Marine conservation has always been a struggle as the fact that it remains unseen makes it a lot less tangible. Hence, we felt that we want to let the public know what is in our waters and hopefully fall in love with the reef!

Go for an adventure and discover our marine life and coral reefs by joining them in their next workshop! To find out more, click on the link below: https://www.facebook.com/lepakinsg/

28. Our Tree Stories

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Our Tree Stories (formerly called Tree of the Year Singapore) is the Singapore partner for Asian Tree of the Year. Asia faces a tricky crossroad- the need to balance economic development whilst maintaining its unique forest coverage.

Our contest aims to highlight trees which are of special importance to individuals and communities to kickstart a conversation about the necessity of safeguarding our biodiversity heritage. The contest will take the top 3 entries from participating countries and a judging panel will decide the Asian Tree of the Year winner.

What made you want to do this?

Set up in 2017 by tree hugger (literally!) Anthea Ong, Our Tree Stories is a new social experiment to get Singapore to connect with trees, and all things green, through stories. Because just knowing the names of trees (especially their latin ones) do not do justice to what trees mean to us.

Every tree tells a story, your story.

Post your tree story to http://www.facebook.com/ourtreestories and be surprised!

29. The Happiness Festival

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The Happiness Festival is a full day of unforgettable workshops and activities dedicated to empower change-makers to create a happier world and explore the question: What makes a good life and how can live it?

At the event, you’ll get to make great connections and exchange ideas with top-notch and friendly people from different walks of life. Leave wholeheartedly inspired to take action on everything you learn.

We were inspired by the World Domination Summit held annually in Portland and wish to recreate parts of that magical experience here in Singapore, in an environment of love, courage and service.

What made you want to do this?

Years of school has failed to guide us in answering the most important question in our lives — what makes us happy? In our busy lives, so many of us feel burnt-out, stressed and discontent — deep down, we know there is more to life than this.

Through this Festival, we want to create a safe space for people to pause and reflect on the questions that matter most, alongside other positive people who sincerely want them to succeed.

They can create incredible memories and find comfort in a supportive circle of friends, supporting them on their journey in experiencing happiness, fulfilment and joy.

Join our mailing list at: http://eepurl.com/c_GL7T to be notified when the next Happiness Festival is coming up! To see more information for last year’s Happiness Festival, please visit: http://vincentngcb.leadpages.net/the-happiness-festival/ .

30. A Good Space

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A Good Space is a community curated movement that aims to transform ordinary spaces into places of purpose. We bring together community catalysts to create innovative events, activities and projects that expand perspectives across a wide range of social issues.

Some of the issues that have been covered include sexual assault, differently-abled and mental wellness.

We have 4 different types of events.

Walls Down For Good — immersive and experiential events are held to encourage empathy and inclusion of the ‘differently-abled’ in our society. Examples include the Human Library and Hush Tea Bar experience.

Be Inspired Series —  Speaker Series: where experts come down to give talks that seek to expand the perspectives people have towards a social issue. Activities series: where workshops, photo exhibitions, and honesty circles are held to inspire while engaging attendees with entertaining activities.

Open Community Labs —  include social experiments and competitions that aim to encourage ground up projects. Recently, we held A Good Pitch, where 5 $1000 dollar grants were given out to innovative projects that focused on expanding perspectives and bringing about greater social cohesion.

Treats for Good — where fun and chill activities are designed to help recharge, refuel and re-inspire attendees. For instance, we have Laughter Yoga and Center Pottery sessions!

What made you want to do this?

In February 2017, two friends gathered for a conversation. Both were deeply concerned about the increasing polarisation of our society and world.

The two friends, Anthea Ong (social change-maker and founder of Hush Teabar) and Melissa Kwee (CEO of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre) came together to conspire A Good Space, as a community-led effort to transform ordinary spaces into places of purposes by convening catalysts to invent, innovate, intersect and inspire communities.

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