Education is a key to ensuring helpers break the cycle of poverty; check out these free and discounted courses available exclusively during Helper Appreciation Month
In case you missed the big announcement, May 2019 is Helper Appreciation Month! Throughout the month of May we will have four themed weeks offering special activities and free or discounted services just for helpers: Healthcare (3-10 May); Gratitude (10-17 May); Education (17-24 May); and Fun (24-31 May). Make sure to check back every Friday for that week’s list of limited-time offers and deals from our sponsors (as we’re adding new perks and features all the time!). Today we are highlighting all the ways your helper can empower herself through education and upskilling.
Our longstanding collaboration with organisations that give amazing support to Foreign Domestic Workers – Aidha and HOME – has been instrumental in bringing our popular initiative to where it is today.
For Education Week, Sassy Mama has collaborated with Aidha, HOME, FAST and Uplifters to provide free and discounted courses aimed at upskilling helpers, as education and financial literacy are key to helping them break the cycle of poverty and improve their families’ financial standing. We are also pleased to announce some great baby and childcare courses provided by Beauty Mums & Babies and The Bright Life.
Click through for all the details!
Other Helper Appreciation perks still available!
Healthcare (including $75 mammogram at Raffles Hospital, free eye exam and frames, and complimentary iron panel)
Gratitude: Discounts with the Cotton On Group, KC Dat Balikbayan Boxes & Starhub Phone Data
A local charity founded in 2006, Aidha provides financial literacy, communication, computer and business courses to foreign domestic workers and low-income Singaporean women. Through a series of courses, programmes aim to break the cycle of poverty by encouraging women to save, invest, and start a business to plan for their futures. Along the way they also build confidence by learning to present to their peers. Aidha’s impact data shows that students increase their monthly savings by 40% after their first module, and by almost 70% after the second! As many as 40% of Aidha alumni start their own businesses and 80% make investments in productive assets like land and livestock. By educating one woman, Aidha can in turn help impact nine lives!
Courses last for six months, and are offered on Sundays (morning and afternoon options).
Sassy Mama Perk: The first 20 employers who enrol their helper in any course package will receive a 10% discount off the regular price for each module of $200 for 6 months. Discount is only valid through 17 June 2019 and is limited to the first 20 enrolments. Click here for the course schedule.
How to register: Register online at Aidha’s website and at checkout, include the promo code SASSYMAMA to enjoy the discount!
Since 2004, Beauty Mums & Babies has been the trusted leader in providing wellness services for mothers and babies. Beauty Mums & Babies seeks to provide comfort and boost the confidence of all caretakers – including both parents and helpers – during the different stages of motherhood and childhood. Beauty Mums & Babies has two convenient locations at Suntec City and Paragon Orchard.
Sassy Mama Perk: The first 50 helpers to register for each of the below courses will receive a discounted price of $68 ($100 off regular rates!); register for both courses and pay just $128 total (U.P. $229). Promotion must be booked by 31 May 2019.
- Express Infant Massage Course (non-certified)
This 3-hour course is great for caretakers to learn the essential massage techniques for infants. Infant massage classes are a fun way to learn how to soothe and relieve tummy upset; how to understand the non-verbal language of babies, and much more.
- Infant First Aid Workshop
In this 120-minute course, caregivers receive vital first aid training to ensure baby’s safety. It’s an important way to understand the non-verbal language of children, especially infants who cannot express how they feel and what is wrong with them. The workshop also provides key tips for childproofing your home to ensure little one grows up in a safe environment.
How to register: Click the links above and quote promo code SASSYMAMA at online checkout, and the discount will be applied automatically. To register for both classes, just tick the “Add-on Infant First Aid” box after registering for Infant Massage here.
Ts & Cs: Classes are conducted every Sunday from May through August. Each class can hold a maximum of 20 participants.
The Bright Life offers parenting workshops and programmes that focus on translating education and psychology research into practical strategies for parenting, happiness, and effective organisational development. Their signature Way of Eight© Montessori workshop is great for helpers caring for children aged 0-6, as they’re empowered with Montessori tools to support a child’s development. Helpers will learn how to provide the right stimuli to engage children’s sense of wonder, and will gain a deeper understanding of when and how to intervene when a child is struggling with a tantrum. Ultimately, the Way of Eight course instills confidence in both parents and helpers in nurturing happy children!
Upcoming workshop dates: 18 May, 22 June (9:30am to 12:30pm)
Sassy Mama Perk: The first 20 families who sign up for a Way of Eight Montessori for Helpers workshop can get 10% off the regular price.
Ts & Cs:
-Families must register by 24 May 2019
-Employers can purchase a prepaid voucher at $108 (U.P. $120) with an expiry date of 31 December 2019
-Vouchers are non-transferable, non-refundable
-To use the voucher, email [email protected]
The Bright Life, Tel: (+65) 8752 2217, www.welcometothebrightlife.com
FAST (The Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training) is a charity supported by the Ministry of Manpower that strives to help foreign domestic workers build up their skill sets to enhance their future employability, while benefiting their employers and local community in the meantime. FAST has organised and planned countless specialised and professional skills programmes for FDWs, with an average of 25,000-30,000 helpers participating each year! Classes range from English language, to computer skills, nursing, stress management and entrepreneurial skills. FAST also provides a 24-hour helpline and other social supports like free meditation, pro bono legal assistance, and a humanitarian assistance fund. And FAST has an amazing clubhouse space that provides social, recreational and educational activities for FDWs! Click below for details on how to access the clubhouse.
Mark your calendar for the FAST Education and Health Fair on Sunday, 26 May, mamas, which will showcase the full variety of training opportunities available to helpers, in addition to heaps of fun food and fitness activities. Click here for all the deets!
Sassy Mama Perk: Receive exclusive discounts from the following FAST-approved training providers when you sign up during Helper Appreciation Month. Helpers must sign up for FREE clubhouse membership before booking:
- Aaxonn Pte Ltd 3-Day Intensive Eldercare Programme
Cost: $80 (U.P.: $260-$380). Discount limited to the first 100 signups, who will also receive an Adidas starter kit gymnastics bag and Aaxonn t-shirt.
To register: Call (+65) 6570 6033 and quote “SASSYMAMA”
- Aria Training and Consultancy: Infant Care Skills
Cost: $110 (U.P.: $200). Sign up now and enjoy 50% off their Jamu Massage course, too!
To register: Call (+65) 6467 0470 or (+65) 9843 8224 and quote “SASSYMAMA”
- ASKI Global Ltd: Personality, Development and Communication
Cost: $62.50 (U.P.: $125-$150). This 50% discount is limited to the first 10 signups between 17-24 May.
To register: Call (+65) 6474 6627 and quote “SASSYMAMA”
- SOHA Institute: Specialised Health and Pain Management for Eldercare (Foot Reflexology)
Cost: $95 (U.P.: $190-$250). This 50% discount is limited to the first 10 signups between 17-24 May.
To register: Call (+65) 6293 3369 and quote “SASSYMAMA”
FAST, 2985 Jalan Bukit Merah #01-1B, Singapore 159457, www.fast.org.sg
In conjunction with HOME, HOME Academy is a charity organization that provides skill development courses for foreign domestic workers. The wide range of courses includes Caregiver for Elderly and Baby, Nursing Aide, Baking & Cooking, Beauty Salon, Cosmetology, Computers, English, Dressmaking, Martial Arts and Financial Planning. HOME works with nursing homes for the student practicum against the National Competency Standard from the Philippines for National Assessment.
Read more: HOME’S Foreign Domestic Worker Rights series
Sassy Mama Perk: Receive a 10% discount off any general course fee price when you register by 24 May 2019. Click here to see the course options.
How to register: Email [email protected] or call (+65) 9128 7068 to register your helper for the second intake of 2019, and be sure to quote SASSYMAMA to get a 10% discount off course fees.
Uplifters is a non-profit organisation providing online education to foreign domestic workers to lift them out of poverty by improving their life skills and vocational skills. Their hallmark offering is a FREE 3-week online money management and personal growth course. It’s super easy to register, just visit their Facebook page and click “send message”!
Sassy Mama Perk: Uplifters is offering a FREE 10-hour comprehensive online Baby Care Course (U.P.: $140)! Helpers will engage with content based on WHO and UNICEF guidelines covering baby care, safety and development from 0 to 18 months of age. This free online module taught by pediatrician Dr. Blandine Prévost also provides 1-to-1 online support and unlimited access to a Facebook group with experts – including pediatricians, pediatric nurses, and midwives – to answer any and all questions.
The employer will also get access to a FREE online Domestic Worker – Parents Working Relationship module to help them communicate their expectations regarding routine and baby care to their domestic worker and establish healthy working relationships with her. Uplifters recommends domestic workers to enroll with their employers, as most problems and accidents happen because of miscommunication and misalignment issues.
Ts & Cs:
-Course is limited to 20 domestic workers registering with their employers and 10 domestic workers registering without their employers (30 in total). The domestic worker will get access to a FREE online Baby Care course and the employer will get access to a FREE online Domestic Worker – Parents Working Relationship module.
– The domestic worker (and if applicable her employer) must commit to an honest review upon completion of the course.
-Domestic workers must have a Facebook account, smartphone, and access to Wi-Fi