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

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.

Price: $150 per pax

Duration: Up to 3 hours

Address: Tinkle Arts Pte Ltd, c/o SIA-Minds Employment Development Centre,
800 Margaret Drive, Level 4, Singapore (149310)

Tinkle Arts is a Singapore-based social enterprise that collaborates with MINDS (Movement of Intellectually Disabled of Singapore) to employ persons with special needs. They hold art workshops, events and creates miniature clay art at their humble studio.


2. Center Pottery: Wheel-Throwing - Experiential Pottery Workshop

Picture credit: Center Pottery

You don't have to be kilning on the potter's wheel to impress your date. Center Pottery seeks to bring mental wellness to people through the sensory experience of pottery. What better way to spending some quality time with your significant other than an afternoon of bonding session away from the city buzz?

Book your slot.

Price: $83 per pax

Available dates: Multiple dates available in February

Duration: 2.5 hours

Address: 3Arts Studio @ 394 Joo Chiat Place Singapore 428078

Center Pottery is a social enterprise and a member of raiSE that teaches pottery to the public and persons with mental health conditions.


3. Pope Jai Thai: Thai Cuisine Cooking Class 

Picture credit: Pope Jai Thai

Spruce up your cooking with Pope Jai Thai's cooking class! In just 3 hours, learn how to whip up 3 Thai classic dishes ranging from Green Mango Salad, Tom Yam Soup, to Phad Thai! At the end of the workshop, enjoy the meal you cooked together and get to even take home a copy of their recipe.

Book your slot.

Price: $80 per pax

Available dates: 21 and 28 February

Duration: 3 hours

Address: Scape, 2 Orchard Link, #03-03, Singapore 237978

PJ Group employs and trains from eight different beneficiary groups including persons with special needs, physical disabilities or mental health conditions; individuals who are hard of hearing/deaf, the visually-impaired, youth-at-risk, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.


4. Alfya Atelier: Sew a Bubble Tea Cup Holder
Picture credit: Alfya Atelier

Going on a boba date? ;) Create your very own bubble tea cup holder in this sewing workshop with your partner! Simple, fun and beginner-friendly, now you can carry your bubble tea in style together, hand-in-hand.

Book your slot.

Price: $38 per pax

Available dates: As per request

Duration: 2 hours

Address: 28 Senang Crescent #06-08, Singapore 416601

Alfya Atelier is a social enterprise consisting of a Sewing Academy (sewing classes and craft workshops) and Custom Sewing Services department (tailoring, alteration & embroidery), and aims to provide job opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.


5. Foreword X Crafune: Latte Art & Leather Crafting

Have you ever wanted to pour your very own latte art? Come join this 2-in-1 workshop where you'll learn the basics of latte art-pouring and leather crafting. From pouring hearts to crafting customised (or matching!) leather cardholders, you'll leave the workshop with your heart and tummy feeling full.

Book your slot.

Price: $99 per pax

Next available date: 6 February

Duration: 2 hours

Address: 38a Haji Lane #02-01, Singapore 189231

Foreword Coffee Roasters is a social enterprise that curates specialty coffee from Asia and provides an inclusive work environment for persons with disabilities. Crafune is a homegrown brand in Singapore that specializes in leather-crafting. 

*All dates stated are available as at 21 January 2021.

Best of luck this 14 Feb.

Written by Foreword Coffee Roasters