Current/ Recent Projects

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1)    Health Promotion Board – Next Steps Programme: Change and Transition Programmes for Tertiary Institutions (2014-2015)

The Social Factor was the appointed vendor for HPB’s Next Steps Programme for 2014-2015. Through interactive activities, the programme equips students to deal with transitions and cope with the changes associated with higher education, national service or the workplace. Practical skills and tools are imparted to help students in their next phase of life.

2) Ngee Ann Polytechnic – The 21st Century Student Goes to the Office: Resume Writing & Interview Skills

The Social Factor ran a series of 25 workshops for Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology.(LSCT) from 5 November to 10 December 2014. The project had the following objectives:

Effective resume writing.

Cover letter writing.

Review of portfolio building.

Job Search processes.

Handling interview questions.

Trainer’s feedback on individual draft resume.

Sessions of two hours each were run over two weeks, and students were presented with tips on how to write a resume and a cover letter. They also gained hands-on experience on how to prepare for an interview, and the workshop ended with a mock interview session for the students.

3) Pro-Teach Student Care Group – Understanding Children with Special Needs

The Social Factor conducted 3 full-day workshops during March 2015 to help teachers derive a clear understanding of what special needs are; to identify the general characteristics of the main special needs categories, e.g. ASD and ADHD/ADD; and to obtain new skills and methods to help manage students with special needs in the classroom. The workshop also explored some of the key issues in the area of special needs, e.g. anger management and bullying, as well as helping teachers manage and deal with family members of children with special needs.

4) Ngee Ann Polytechnic – Report Writing Workshops

The Social Factor ran a series of 8 report writing workshops organised by Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Electrical Engineering Division during the month of April 2015.  The programme incorporates elements of basic writing and was intended to help poly students improve their written communication skills and to better their chances of entering a competitive workforce.

5) Health Promotion Board – Workshop on Understanding Special Needs for Parents

The Social Factor conducted a workshop in May 2015. The session was aimed at helping the parents of children with special needs to equip them with knowledge and skills to communicate with their children on issues related to growing up, such as body awareness, personal safety and healthy relationships.

6) Ngee Ann Polytechnic – Business Writing & Effective Presentation Workshops

The Social Factor conducted a series of business writing and presentation workshops in July 2015, organised by Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Engineering. The programme had the objective of imparting the knowledge of business writing and presentation in a fun and engaging manner, incorporating techniques of business writing and communication, effective public speaking and the use of media to enhance business presentations.

7) Ngee Ann Polytechnic – Support Group on Making Choices (2015)

The Social Factor conducted two runs of a 4-session support group intended to help students in Making Choices. Organised by Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Student Services Department, the programme was aimed at helping students explore the concerns and factors in making choices; helping them to make decisions that will impact them in a positive manner. 

8)    Health Promotion Board – Next Steps Programme: Change and Transition Programmes for Tertiary Institutions (2015-2017)

The Social Factor has been re-appointed as vendor for 27 sessions of HPB’s Next Steps Programme (2015-2017). Through interactive activities, the programme equips students to deal with transitions and cope with the changes associated with higher education, national service or the workplace. Practical skills and tools are imparted to help students in their next phase of life.

9) Health Promotion Board – Workshops on Social-Emotional Development in Children for Parents and Caregivers (2015-2017)

The Social Factor is the appointed vendor for 30 sessions of HPB’s workshops to help children develop stronger social-emotional skills.  The programme, which is in its 6th year, equips parents of children 2-6 years old with the relevant knowledge and skills to help their children to have positive mental wellbeing.

10) Health Promotion Board – Workshops on Peer Support for Secondary School Students (2015-2016)

The Social Factor was the appointed vendor for a series of HPB’s workshops to help students provide support to their peers during times of difficulties and before the students seek professional help.

11) Ngee Ann Polytechnic – Report Writing Workshops (2016)

The Social Factor was re-appointed to run a series of 9 report writing workshops organised by Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Electrical Engineering Division during the month of April 2015. The programme incorporated elements of basic writing, and was intended to help poly students improve their written communication skills and to better their chances of entering a competitive workforce.

12) Dunearn Secondary School – Workshops on Learning for Secondary School Students (2016)

The Social Factor conducted a series of three workshops to help students develop executive functioning skills and stronger study and work habits. One workshop was for students to learn organisation and planning skills, and in the process understand how to better focus and concentrate;  while the other two workshops were for students to understand how the brain stores information, and in the process have a better sense of their optimal learning style.

13) Metta School – Interactive Talk on Relationships and Intimacy (2016)

The Social Factor conduced an interactive talk for students aged 16-20; for them to have better body awareness in the areas of health and relationships. Among the areas covered included the importance of healthy relationships and intimacy.

14) Ministry of Education – Consultation and Training for the Teaching of Healthy & Safe Relationships (HSR) in Action in Special Education (SPED) Schools (2016-2019)

The Social Factor is the appointed vendor to assist MOE in the design and implementation of three repeated HSR in Action programmes, including 6 interactive workshops per year and on-site consultation of up to 14 schools over the span of 3 years. Following the completion of the sessions, it is intended for SPED teachers to use the HSR guide to  identify themes, topics and learning objectives for instructional planning; to design and plan lesson units; to implement the lessons; and to contribute to the development of a local collection of resources and classroom good practices.

15) Ngee Ann Polytechnic – Workshops for Staff Wellbeing Programmes (2016-2018)

The Social Factor has been appointed as the vendor for a series of 10 staff wellbeing workshops. The topics cover a range of mental, emotional and physical wellbeing issues:

1) Scrapbooking – Where Stories Come Alive!

2) Glass Painting

3) Essential Oils 101

4) Managing Stressful Situations

5) How to Care for People with Dementia

6) Keeping Fit for Life

7) DISC & Personality

8) Understanding Gender Differences

9) Mentoring – the OMEGA Model

10) Managing Money the SMART Way

16) Institutes of Technical Education – Paracounselling Course for Community Care & Social Services Students (2016)

The Social Factor has been appointed to conduct a 20-lesson course for two classes of ITE Year One students. The course will equip students with basic counselling skills in order for them to become effective para-counsellors. It comprises the following components:

  1. 12 instructional sessions which would equip students with the basic counselling theories and skills that would help them to become an effective para-counsellor;
  2. 7 hands-on sessions that would help students to practice the micro-skills learnt; and
  3. 1 Reflection Assessment to help students consolidate their learning.

17) Health Promotion Board – Workshop for Caregivers of Children with Special Needs (2016-2018)

The Social Factor was re-appointed to conduct a workshop for the caregivers of children with special needs. The session is aimed at helping the parents of children with special needs to equip them with knowledge and skills to communicate with their children on issues related to growing up, such as body awareness, personal safety and healthy relationships.

18) Ngee Ann Polytechnic – Zest-Up Wellness Programmes for Students

The Social Factor has been appointed as the vendor for a series of 4 wellbeing talks and support group sessions. The topics cover a range of wellbeing issues:

  1. Study Skills Talk
  2. Time Management Talk
  3. Talk on Building Relationships with Love Languages
  4. Cyber Wellness Talk
  5. Social Skills Support Group
  6. Overcoming Negative Thoughts Support Group
  7. Making Choices for Yourself Support Group
  8. Know More About Yourself Support Group

19) Ministry of Education – Student Peer Support Training for Student and Teacher Mentors (Pilot)

The Social Factor has been appointed to spearhead the development of training content and delivery of training on Student Peer Support for selected Student Peer Supporters and Teacher Mentors from 2 Secondary Schools.

At the end of the training, Teacher Mentors should be able to:

  1. Know how to select appropriate Student Peer Supporters who are seen by peers as social leaders and have the appropriate disposition for the role
  2. Co-train specific activities with the Contractor for the Peer Supporters’ training and have an understanding of how to conduct subsequent training with future batches of Peer Supporters
  3. Guide, coach and support Peer Supporters (including but not restricted to conducting regular support group sessions, briefing and debriefing Peer Supporters to help them improve skills and addressing challenges in their roles)
  4. Identify and coach Peer Supporters who may struggle in the initial phase and need additional support to play their role
  5. Identify sustainable ways that Peer Supporters can advocate for peer support in school
At the end of the training, selected Student Peer Supporters should be able to:

  1. Provide social-emotional support to peers who come to them (e.g., through listening, empathic responding)
  2. Use friendship skills to reach out to shy or socially isolated peers
  3. Identify peers in distress and refer to a trusted adult where appropriate
  4. Be an advocate for peer support in the school as role models in their daily interactions with peers (including but not restricted to influencing peers in their social circles to have a peer support mind-set of looking out for the well-being of others, promoting help-seeking behaviour and having a positive attitude towards life).

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