SHELTERED WORKSHOP

Goodwill, Rehabilitation and Occupational Workshop (GROW)

The GRO Workshop under the Spastic Children's Association of Singapore (SCAS) was established on 17 September 1984.

It is a sheltered workshop that provides vocational training and employment for adults aged 16 years old and above with Cerebral Palsy and other associated disability conditions. They do not possess the competencies or skills for open employment by the nature of their limited functioning capacities.

Thus, we serve as a vocational training centre for "work trial" until the trainee is ready for open employment. We train and involve the trainees in work activities at our social enterprise projects and sheltered workshop. Such vocational activities provide meaning to our trainees; fulfill their desire for self-development, self-esteem and provide an avenue for them to reach out socially to the public. Some clients achieve social and financial independence, upon maturity, leading fulfilling lives.

We believe that our disabled community members have equal human dignity as an able-bodied individual. Giving our disabled members vocational opportunities and empowering them to be self-sufficient through their talents and vocational skills, is helping them to regain their human dignity.

The GROW programme includes:

Vocational Training

  • Provide structured pre-vocational training to equip trainee for open employment.
  • Look into the full cycle of on-the-job training activities (OJT) via social enterprise and sheltered workshop activities and basic computer training for trainees.

Open Employment Placement

Provide open employment matching and job placement opportunities for individuals, including job counselling and support.

Therapy Programme

Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Speech and Language Pathology therapy services.

Counselling Services

  • Caregiver support and workshops
  • Individual and group counselling

Social Skills Development

Personal image and grooming.

Social and Recreational Activitie

Outings and visits to places of interests, karaoke singing, movies, sponsored lunch and birthday celebrations.

Admission Criteria for Trainees

  • Must be Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident. Foreigners' admission request will be evaluated on case by case basis
  • Diagnosed with disability condition, e.g. Cerebral Palsy or other associated conditions
  • From the age of 16 years old
  • Minimum function in gross motor skills for the workshop and some basic money skills required for social enterprise
  • Able to attend to own activities of daily living, e.g feeding and toileting
  • No behavioural problems or diagnosed with any psychiatric condition
  • Able to understand and follow at least multi-step instructions
  • Able to be on the task for a continued period of time
  • Clients will be assessed for admission by our multi-disciplinary team, consisting of GROW Manager, Social Worker, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, and Speech and Language Pathologist

Contract Out-sourcing Services for Commercial Businesses

SCAS is a voluntary welfare organisation that aims to match your company's interest with the capabilities of our disabled workforce.

We can provide you with quality manpower possessing good work ethics, to handle your outsourced contract work requirements. Our trainees are well-trained to carry out labour-intensive projects under the close supervision of our Workshop Instructors to ensure quality assurance and to meet project deadlines.

Our services include

  • Manual sorting and packing
  • Assembly work
  • Labelling
  • Pamphlet/brochure/letter shopping and mailing
  • Many more...

Social Enterprise

We also operate social enterprise initiatives, either in-house or collaborate with business partners, in areas of F&B and retail business. These social enterprise projects serve as training grounds for trainees to learn various vocational or business skills and customer service, under the close supervision of our Workshop Instructors. These projects also provide trial-employment opportunities, advocating the economic and social self-sufficiency of our trainees, building on an enterprise foundation.

Examples of social enterprises which we operate include

  • Goodwill Thrift Shop
  • Cafeteria
  • Push Carts
  • Sales of greeting cards
  • Recycling
  • Artistic goodwill gifts

We are an enterprise, where artistic and gift-making talents of our disabled community are show-cased through the creation of unique and inspiring corporate and consumer lifestyle gift items for sales, aimed at generating sustainable earnings for operation-ability. Our range of products features from the adaptations of world art, inspired and hand-drawn by our in-house disabled artists. Therefore, the products are unique (each design is one of a kind) and appeals to consumers and corporate customers alike. These are high-quality and environmental-friendly products, created to meet consumer needs, while pitched to support a social cause.

Contact Details

GROW Department is located on the 1stfloor of the Cerebral Palsy Centre

Tel: (65) 65855642/643/646
Fax: (65) 65843522
Email: spastic@pacific.net.sg