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Meet Diljan, home baker, cook, and mummy to her AMK neighbours

Unable to work full-time due to several health conditions, Ms Diljan Shaik Arif Ali decided to fill her daily schedule by filling tummies — specifically, those living in rental flats in her Ang Mo Kio neighbourhood. Programmes like these are part of voluntary welfare organisation (VWO) Beyond Social Services’ efforts to bring together youths from low-income homes and their families with others in their neighbourhoods. Beyond Social Services assists Ms Diljan’s efforts by linking her up with volunteers and groups that she gets food from. Results released on Wednesday (Nov 21) showed that after a year of being involved in the community, the youths felt a “significant improvement” in their sense of safety, and their neighbours’ friendliness. Those who participated in interest groups and social activities in their neighbourhood also felt personally empowered to take control of things, handle problems and conflicts. For more on this story, click here.