“Beneath the rug”: Documenting the lived experiences of the poor/marginalised/disadvantaged through Singaporean social service perspectives (with editor Lewin Low)

“Beneath the rug”: Documenting the lived experiences of the poor/marginalised/disadvantaged through Singaporean social service perspectives (with editor Lewin Low)

“Beneath the Rug” is a Singaporean book compilation of 30 stories, written by 30 different individuals in the social service sector. Their honest sharing on the poor/marginalised/disadvantaged in Singapore was surprising, and in this episode with editor Lewin Low we discuss the project’s journey, the writers, and the plans of his social enterprise Solve n+1. 

So you want to be a social worker (Photo by Ng Shi Wen)

So you want to be a social worker?

The work and welfare of the Singaporean social worker are scrutinised every now and then, most recently when member of parliament Carrie Tan raised the question on who is allowed to be a social worker. Episodes like this do help increase public awareness, but such discourse should instead be sustained with greater consistency. In introducing the new “The Work of Social Work” podcast mini-series, as a small starting space, future episodes will be devoted to parliamentary questions and policy proposals raised in parliament, community-building, and practice research.

Relaxing at home with a book and coffee (Photo by Sixteen Miles Out on Unsplash)

Burnout and self-care experiences of two young Singaporean social workers

Feelings of burnout can be unsettling or even terrifying, and around the world social work burnout has been very well-documented. Over time, we hope to better understand the causes of burnout, including the structural causes, but for now, as a start, it feels important to normalise such discourse in Singapore. Therefore, in this episode, we speak to two young Singaporean social workers, “Jing” and John Lim (savethesocialworker.com) about their experiences of burnout and self-care.