We encourage families to think of ways big and small to say thank you to your helper this May – Helper Appreciation Month 2023
May is Helper Appreciation Month. This year marks Sassy Mama’s eighth annual celebration of helpers in Singapore. Since we began with a one-day celebration and awards ceremony in 2016 to say thank you to helpers and recognise all the amazing ways they support our families, the celebration has grown by leaps and bounds. In the past, we have hosted large events with our partners to show helpers how much we appreciate them and last year we hosted a Giveaway of a Balikbayan Box with MHM Global. This year for Helper Appreciation Month we are partnering with A Good Space Co-operative to survey employers or potential employers of foreign domestic workers before early June. They will share the results with the Ministry of Manpower to spark a conversation on a policy change to consider enabling domestic workers to see their potential employer’s hiring history. One of its volunteer groups is led by Bhing, a domestic worker for 27 years who has also written for Sassy Mama (read her touching Open Letter to Employers here).
Get Involved in Our Helper Appreciation Month 2023
Join us by filling out the survey (it will only take three minutes) no later than June 4, 2023, which could help to shape the future of domestic worker rights. If a helper can understand an employer’s hiring history it equips them with valuable insights into working environments, identifying red flags, and helps them make well-informed decisions of their own.
Where did our May Helper Appreciation Month begin?
The idea for celebrating helpers throughout the month of May began in Hong Kong, where resident Steve Chitty pointed out the month is a natural fit given that it encompasses Labour Day, Mother’s Day and the International Day of Families.
Helper Appreciation May 2023
Education is key to ensuring helpers break the cycle of poverty. Click through below to find out about the wide range of helper education courses available across Singapore – which span financial literacy, cooking, beauty, first aid, and home healthcare.
Everyone deserves good healthcare, yet sadly many helpers receive the bare minimum of checkups without regard to dental or vision care. Our past Helper Appreciation Month partner, Osler Health, has offered free cervical cancer tests for all domestic helpers of patients. Find out more here. Plus, find out how you can help your domestic worker access basic financial knowledge and education to support her family, plan for her future and retirement, and ensure she avoids common hazards like loan sharks. Click through for information on courses, and to find out more about small business success stories from AIDHA in Singapore.
PS: Save the Emergency Contact Card and share it with your helper and friends.
Help your helper have fun on her day off with our roundup of clubs, hobbies, and activities for helpers in Singapore!
The struggle to achieve a work/life balance is real for all of us! But when you work 6 days a week (and live at your workplace) it can be even tougher. Making time for fun can make a big difference to the rest of the week, whether it’s getting some exercise, indulging a creative side, joining a club or getting together with friends. Make sure your helper knows what’s on offer for her in her spare time and on her day off.
Sassy Mama is dedicated to celebrating ALL mothers and families. Here’s how we began to celebrate and recognise helpers’ crucial contributions to our families:
We began with a Helper Appreciation party began back in 2016 recognising helpers for special achievements in childcare, cooking and love for pets.
Read all about how our Helper Appreciation party, see how the initiative has grown over the years, and help us continue to spread the word across Singapore!