Foreword's Fifth Birthday: Five Lessons We Learn Along the Way

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The social entrepreneurship journey for Foreword was not without our ups and downs. As we turn five years old, we reflect on five lessons we learnt along the way as an organization. Although we have had our fair share of publicity sharing about our achievements along the years, we managed along with much help and support from our friends, family, interns, volunteers, community partners, and the government (with the various business grants and subsidies and all). Screenshot taken from Baristas (A Short Documentary).   1) The hardest barrier to overcome is the lack of self-esteem. Many people come to Foreword after a...

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Adulting in Singapore with Developmental Disabilities

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Adulting is never easy. But for someone with Developmental Disabilities (DD), how do common responsibilities like financial independence, housing and marriage look like for them?  Before we close the month of March, which also marks the month of Developmental Disabilities Awareness month, *Anne, one of Foreword Coffee Roasters’ staff, shared what adulting is like for someone with DD. Hello! Please introduce yourself. I’m *Anne, and I am part of the admin team in Foreword. I help to take pictures and make use of some of my artistic skills for illustration projects. I also started some basic admin work like packing...

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From service crew to co-leading a cafe: What empowering Persons with Disabilities to take charge looks like

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It’s been a year since we started operations at Foreword Coffee Roasters @ Canberra Plaza. To commemorate this special occasion, we sat Carmen Tan and Josiah Yeap down where they shared their journeys over the past year. Carmen and Josiah are our baristas currently training to co-lead our social enterprise cafe in Canberra Plaza. Josiah (left) and Carmen at Foreword Coffee Roasters @ Canberra Plaza.   Please introduce yourself! Josiah: Hi my name is Josiah and I’ve been working in Foreword for three plus years. I mainly do cashiering, food, coffee and latte art.  Carmen: Hi my name is Carmen....

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10 Gift Bundle Ideas This Christmas

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Round off this challenging year of the pandemic with Christmas, the best chance to spread the warmth and share the love. Whether you are gifting to a coffee lover or a friend who has a sweet tooth, here are 10 thoughtful gift bundle ideas without burning a hole in your pocket.   Under $10 1. Nespresso-Compatible Coffee Capsules Know someone who always needs a cup of Nespresso coffee before that morning zoom meeting? Wake up to a shot of the award-winning Yunnan Ou Yang coffee in the form of coffee capsules! With cherry-like acidity and the sweetness of molasses, it...

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Three Principles to Live by in 2021

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2020 was an unprecedented year for everyone. At the business level, we were glad that we survived through this financially and explored new ways of reaching out to customers. At the interpersonal level, we were cognizant of how Covid-19 has affected the lives of our employees and their families, and the need to continue engaging them and providing them with the certainty they need in an uncertain era. The only way we could have survived through this was with the financial support of our customers and partners who continued to purchase from us, providing us with the much needed cashflow...

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A Date with Social Enterprises: 5 Meaningful Workshops to Spend this Valentine’s Day

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With less than a month to go till Valentine’s Day, you might be wondering how you could spend the day with the special one. If you're looking for an activity beyond the conventional movie or dinner dates, here's your chance to learn something new together! We've compiled 5 meaningful workshops you can bring your date to. 1. Tinkle Arts: Mini Kimchi Jjigae Polymer Clay Workshop Picture credit: Tinkle Arts Tinkle Arts takes bite-sized to a whole new level with their range of mini polymer clay workshops. Create this adorable Kimchi JJigae polymer clay set and keep it as a memento after the workshop.  Book your slot....

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