Good Work! Inspirations
Inspirations from our beautiful sisters:
“I learnt that when we accept our flaws, no one can use that against us anymore.”
“What we admire in others is the start of the same greatness in us.’
“I learnt that I should accept the good in me gracefully.”
“I am part of a community, and what I do has an impact on others.”
“I learned the value of authenticity and honest communication.”
Good Work! module 2:
Good Work! Kick Off
We kicked off the Good Work! pioneer batch today with our first learning session as a family! New relationships were formed as we created our group cheer and T-shirt, found a song that resonates with us, shared about our fears and learned to recognise and manage our emotions.
This journey will have its ups and downs as our Little Sisters come up against challenges at their work placements that will test their resilience and staying power, and the ability to cope when stressful situations set in. Today, we learnt that a Smile makes it all better, especially when we have friends and sisters to walk with us. We are off to conquer a worthy challenge, learn along the journey, and have fun along the way.
WE HAVE GOOD NEWS!
Beautiful People has been awarded the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre’s President Award for Volunteerism (Informal Group Category) 2013! This award is a recognition of how much we have come to grow as a family who supports one another’s dreams. We have much to celebrate and be thankful for as we continue to grow together as a family of Little Sisters, Big Sisters and friends.
We are extremely honoured and grateful to receive this recognition. We would like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you for your support- nothing is too small a contribution to matter in the lives and journeys of our girls.
At Beautiful People, we are ‘one family supporting the pursuit of one another’s dreams’. This parallel journey of transformation impacts not just the Little Sisters we enter into relationships with, but also the Big Sisters who themselves experience some form of transformation in their own lives. We hope that this dream of belonging and transformation, can be everyone’s story.
Ultimately, Beautiful People is “a Relationship Not a Programme – We grow, change and discover ourselves through the depth of our relationships”. And that is a beautiful journey, for Big and Little Sisters alike.
Thank you for being a part of our family! Thank you for journeying with us!
Get on a great start to your career with GOOD WORK!
Good Work! is an empowering work trial experience, where you discover your meaning in work and your purpose in life. Get equipped with the tools, skills and relationships to start a fulfilling career. You will not be alone in this journey, you will walk alongside a work mentor, Big Sister and a group coach. And have some serious fun along the way!
What successful applicants stand to get:
- A prestigious 10-week work programme with renowned international companies across industries as diverse as F&B, beauty skincare and make-up.
- Competitive salary – stand to earn up to $1000/month with perfect attendance and good performance.
- Support from a mentor at work and a Big Sister in life.
- Coaching for maximum performance from a group coach.
- Life-skills and self-discovery training by Beautiful People.
- Challenge of a 2D1N camp which will test your limits and endurance.
- Graduate with a Good Work! certificate and testimonials.
Is it for you? It is if you are prepared to work harder than perhaps you’ve ever worked and go beyond what you thought you could do. And in return? Bring home not just the money and skills, but the high of more satisfaction than you thought possible.
If it is for you, apply now! Applications close on 5 Oct 2013.
Pertapis Hari Raya Family Lunch
On 24 Aug, the whole Pertapis family celebrated Hari Raya with a family lunch at MAD Jack Cafe. It was an afternoon of food, fun and festivity with the little sisters and their families. Here are the top five highlights of the afternoon:
5. All The Lovely Ladies In Their Raya Best
The little sisters were really excited about the afternoon’s celebrations and they all got dressed up in their Hari Raya best- with beautiful baju kurungs and kebayas, topped off with high heels. Some of the big sisters glammed up as well and with all the lovely ladies at lunch; it was photo time all afternoon long!
4. A Mad Menu
The Mad menu for the afternoon had a little something for everyone from creamy vegetable linguine to a classic Mad Jack Burger, grilled black pepper chicken and my personal favourite- “Psycho Fish & Chips”.
3. Hari Raya Goodies
You can’t have Hari Raya without the kueh and goodies so pineapple tarts, cornflake cookies and kek lapis really brought out the raya atmosphere.
2. Chocolate Nut Brownies Topped With Vanilla Ice-Cream
- Family Time
Nothing beats an afternoon with your family (not even a chocolate nut brownie topped with vanilla ice-cream, no matter how good it was). The lunch was a great opportunity for the girls to introduce their families to their big sisters and for us big sisters to make a real connection with them.
A huge thank-you to everyone who worked to make our Pertapis Hari Raya Family Lunch possible.
By Pertapis Big Sister Michelle
LIVE YOUR DREAM! with Big Sisters Liew Wei Yong and Vanessa Tan
6 July 2013- Friends and families of Big Sisters Vanessa and Wei Yong came to show support to the Big Sisters at their LIVE YOUR DREAM! fundraiser for Beautiful People at 2am:dessert bar.
The guests got a really special treat, with Chef Janice creating a dessert “A Beautiful Creation” just for the afternoon. A woman with the courage to go the unconventional path and pursue her dreams, and the perseverance to push herself to the peak of excellence, she shows us what’s possible with “every girl has a dream”.
The afternoon was itself a platform for dreams to come true- with aspiring singers Nina and K* taking the stage and performing in front of an appreciative audience! And of course, we had the runners themselves, we celebrate them and wish them well as they prepare to embark on their dream to run one of the toughest races on the planet – RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013. 7 days, 250km.
We hear from the runners on what drives them and fuels their dreams:
My Little Sisters are like family to me. And they touch me with their strength and sincerity. Last year, my 2 Little Sisters spend a few weeks making me their Christmas presents. I got handmade cards, a wooden letter “V” that was carefully handpainted, and a jar of colourful folded stars. On giving me the bottle of stars, my Little Sister said, “Vanessa, whenever you are sad, just look at the bottle of stars!” These girls have reminded me of the importance of simple things and joys in life. In return for all they’ve shown me, I want to give a little something back, and run my heart out for them - Big Sister Vanessa Tan
I would like to spread this message to all the girls: Whatever you do, do not give up and you will see the fruits of your labour. Even though it is tough, it is worth fighting for. – Big Sister Liew Wei Yong
Thank you to all for your support of Beautiful People, and most of all, thank you for joining us in a celebration of our dreams.
Check out more event pictures here!
Just the start of a Beautiful Life Journey for our Grace haven Little Sisters!
8 June 2013- It was a morning filled with much joy and laughter as 17 of our Salvation Army Gracehaven Little Sisters graduated from Beautiful People’s nine-month befriending programme this Saturday!
The event, held at NTU Alumni Club’s The Tanjong, was hosted by graduating little sister Stephanie from Gracehaven, and Ting, a BP big sister.
The emcees began with some icebreakers for little sisters, big sisters and all invited friends and family members. Before long, the crowd warmed up well and the atmosphere was lively with plenty of chatter amongst guests.
The main highlight would have to be when each family group of little and big sisters started to perform. It was then that we saw each and every one of our little sisters unleashing their hidden talents and abilities. To add on, pictures from the “Dreams Come True” photo shoot were displayed, to remind and encourage the Little Sisters of the wonders that they can achieve as long as they only believe in their dreams!
The beautiful morning almost ended in tears when the little sisters and big sisters took turns to come forward to exchange thank-you gifts to one another. Lovely words of gratitude and support were also exchanged and big tight hugs filled the air.
After all the heartfelt emotions were expressed, little sister Rani led the audience in a sing-a-long, before the emcees wrapped up by inviting everyone to enjoy the scrumptious catered lunch together.
Indeed, it was a memorable graduation for all and this only marks the beginning of a newer and even deeper relationship between the little sisters and big sisters!
By: GH Big Sister Ting
And it’s the 5th one!
25 May 2013- And this Saturday, our 5th batch of Big and Little Sisters at Pertapis are off to a start of their friendships and journeys together.
The purpose of the My Beautiful Life training is not only to equip the little sisters with life skills but also to facilitate greater self awareness of both BIG and Little sisters of who they are. We do this by creating a safe and supportive environment that fosters trust and intimacy which in turn, builds relationships. Look at what Big and Little Sisters created together for what makes for such a learning environment!
Let us also welcome our new Big Sister-turned-volunteer trainer- Shahrul! who will be training this batch of Big and Little Sisters together with Jeanne. To a great journey ahead!
Dreams Come True Photoshoot
Beautiful People started their befriending and mentoring journey with the Little Sisters at Gracehaven in September 2012. Over the last 9 months, we’ve shared the dreams that matter to us through visual collages, and done hard work around the values and skills that we need in order to achieve our dreams.
On 25th May, we celebrate this milestone in our journey together- with a “Dreams Come True” photoshoot! Imagine you have already achieved this dream that you have. What would you look like? Who do you have in your life? Are you a bridal gown designer? Travelling the world? A university graduate? Capture a shot that makes this come real for you.
The event is the effort of many parties coming in to each pitch in a bit- Big Sister Adelina’s husband Amos came in to do the photoshoot, Big Sister Jiaxin’s friend Nicholas came in to captures the behind-the-scene moments! Big Sister Ivy brought in 6 make-up artists from Hana Academy!
With the Family spirit, all things are possible. Even dreams come true. =)
Leadership Development Workshop- BP As a Movement
18 May 2013- This lovely Saturday morning, Beautiful People leaders came together to look at just what it means for us to be a movement. With the challenge to be addressed in mind, a vision that we stand for, we aim to develop replicable models for success- namely through raising leaders.
Just as we invest into the lives of the Little Sisters, it is equally important for us to invest into the lives of Big Sisters and leaders.
Trainers Irene, Melissa and Susie put us through a game in the Leadership Development Workshop that really exemplified what the following proverb meant! “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. Relationships are what make us strong, and hand in hand, we made it through!
Today, we also discussed Beautiful People values in action. The powerful stories of LOVE, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, COURAGE and COMMITMENT were highlights of the morning’s sharing.
Thank you sisters for a wonderful morning together!
Celebrating family milestones
May 2013- This month has been such an amazing time of coming-of-age and celebration for the Beautiful People Family! Two of our Little Sisters turned 21, and we celebrate not just this significant milestone in their lives, but also give thanks for this journey that has brought us to be with one another! Another Little Sister graduated from ITE, and to her graduation, she invited as guests-of-honour, her Big Sister of many years, Dora and her husband Jerry. They were proud ‘parents’ indeed! Congratulations!
Thank You to An (Athletic) Angel!
For her birthday this year, Siti Nurhidayati, chose an unconventional way of celebrating life!
She raised $5k for Beautiful People through an arduous 30-30-30 for her 30th birthday last week! 30 laps in the pool, 30km bike, 30km run.
Thank you for contributing with love!
Some play and picnic
Our Little Sisters enjoying a night out under the stars at Fort Canning Park, watching Othello.
Thank you to Singapore Repertory Theatre for the gift of play!
Financial Education Made Fun!
27 April 2013- Dynamic duo, Big Sister Ashley Wong and her husband Shawn, conducted an incredibly enriching fun-filled Financial Simulation for the Big & Little Sisters at Gracehaven last Saturday on 27 April 2013!
Everyone learnt about the importance of saving and planning in making financial decisions, and had lots of laughs in the process too! ♥
6 April 2013- The Big Sisters at Gracehaven spent an awesome morning over a coaching conversation and breakfast as they shared from their hearts, reflecting on just what it takes to build and deepen relationships with our Little Sisters… What does it take to take the conversation beyond the surface to really address the tough issues and unveil what’s in the heart?
Thank you to mentor coaches, Susie, Irene and Melissa, for facilitating this learning and sharing session!
Keeping It Real at Our New Volunteer Training Session
16 March 2013- At each new volunteer training session, the highlight is always the part where we invite Little Sisters to come back and share their perspectives on what works in a mentoring relationship.
I am always inspired by their sharing and this is what keeps it real for me, and why I keep coming back to continue in this work. They are our best teachers!
Here, Young Leader Sharon shares with aspiring new Big Sisters her story and her perspective.
2 March 2013- Our Little Sisters thought they were there to watch a performance, but they end up taking center stage & having fun jumping into this forum theatre to change the “stories of their lives”.
Thank you Lasalle and Fairuz Atiqah for this evening of fun! Yes, (i’m)perfect!
Chinese New Year At The Tent
17 Feb 2013- Whether you are into Chinese calligraphy or simply a competition of cracking melon seeds as fast as you can, there is something for you!
Big and Little Sisters celebrate Chinese New Year testing their limits in both dimensions. =)
The start of a journey- fresh with hope!
21 Jan 2013- Gracehaven kicks off 2013 with a review of the high points of 2012, and looking forward to what we hope to accomplish in 2013. The colours and pictures convey the freshness of hope for what is to come!
Beautiful People Meet and Greet Session for New Volunteers!
We are looking for Big Sisters to join our Beautiful People family in the journey of transforming lives, both your own and that of our Little Sisters.
Walk alongside our Little Sisters in their one-year journey on the My Beautiful Life Programme. MBL is an intensive mentoring and career guidance programme that aims to equip the Little Sisters with the tools, skills and relationships to help her map a career direction and get a headstart on a fulfilling career.
Key components of the programme include life skills training, financial education and job exposure opportunities. The critical success factor? A caring Big Sister to support the Little Sister along the way. Are you ready to take a look at what this journey might look like?
Beautiful People is holding a Meet-and-Greet Session for all new volunteers who are keen to find out more. We invite you to join us:
When: 5 Jan 2013 (Saturday), 2pm to 5pm
Where: Beyond Social Services, 26 Jalan Klinik, 160026 (nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru, behind Tiong Bahru Plaza)
What: Learn more about what being a Big Sister with Beautiful People is all about and prepare yourself for the journey ahead! Register at email@example.com