Flexible Employment for Women

As an extension of the YWCA Empowering Mums (EM) project, EM Enterprises was established to provide our beneficiaries with a flexible source of employment.


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    An extension of the YWCA Empowering Mums (EM) Programme, YWCA Weaving programme was set up to provide beneficiary women from disadvantaged backgrounds with an alternative source of flexible income.

    This was made possible with the generous support from Lee Foundation and UPS.

    In this programme, the women are first trained in the unique art of freeform weaving where they will pick up the skills and knowledge behind the art that they will impart onto others as they conduct the workshops. To date, the YWCA Weaving Programme has helped 9 beneficiary women find flexible employment opportunities in a safe and welcoming environment.

    All proceeds from these workshops go back to supporting our beneficiary mothers.



    What can I expect to pick up from the weaving workshop?

    The weaving workshops offer a quiet space for you to pick up this unique craft which features freestyle hand-weaving on a SAORI loom that provides a way for you to create your own style, free from the traditional concept and rules of weaving. This allows for irregularities and variations of weaving by hand to add a special quality to each piece that is created.

    You are welcome to experiment freely in this therapeutic craft with different kinds of yarns, textures, colours, and designs, regardless of age, gender, disability or intellectual aptitude. 

    At the end of the workshop, you can bring your very own woven piece home. 

    Can I bring my kids for the weaving workshop?

    Sure! We require the kids to be at least 120cm tall to be able to reach the pedals on the weaving loom. For children under 12, we recommend that parents share the loom with their kids (1 adult and 1 child per loom). Parents to be present at all times during the workshop. 

    Can I book this as a corporate activity?

    Our weaving workshops are suitable for corporate team bonding. With current COVID restrictions, we are able to accommodate up to 7 participants at a time. We are also able to host private sessions and at alternative venues upon request. Please email ywcaent@ywca.org.sg to enquire. 

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    NOMS is a social enterprise project that provides women from low-income families with flexible employment opportunities by hosting cooking classes that showcases Singapore’s rich and diverse cuisine.

    The concept was novel and ripe for synergy: YWCA has a long heritage of cookery and homely recipes on hand and we have an industrial-standard kitchen at our premise. Further, the classes could be promoted to our guests at YWCA Fort Canning for a meaningful tourist experience.

    Guests will attend a cooking demonstration hosted by our beneficiary mums who will also share about the heritage of the dish and personal anecdotes of all dishes and ingredients. Next, guests will get to have a hand-on experience of trying to cook the dishes themselves, with tip and guidance from our hosts.

    Classes are typically hosted in small group settings and enquiries for private groups are welcomed.

    NOMS is currently available on Airbnb Experiences, available for booking here.

    Note: NOMS is temporarily not available due to the COVID-19 situation. Subscribe to our mailing list to stay tune for updates!

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