Social for Our Friends who are Differently Abled- SOFDA
A social gathering or party, especially of or as given by an organized group
An informal social event for members of a group
A friendly gathering usually for a special reason
This is a social platform set out to transform the workplace and community into kinder, friendlier and more welcoming places for our friends who are differently abled (with special focus on our friends who have either been diagnosed or suspected to have high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome) by building awareness in the community about the possible sensory and social needs of these friends.
Join us in our clause by following and liking us on the official Facebook Page to connect and receive updates on our events!
Notice 5 March 2021- Completion of Project and Our Future Plans
It has been more than a year since Covid-19 started to disrupt our lives. Companies worldwide have been responding to the everchanging fluid situation.
All public outreach events had been put on hold for 2020 and despite our hopes that our SOFDA project will be extended, it is not to be.
We received news from Our SG Funds that the project has to end.
To the date of completion 1028 persons were engaged in our outreach, more than 10 events, about a 1000 outreach materials given out, 23K Facebook impressions made and 828 followers.
Thank you so much for all your support.
Our project have given us valuable information on what YOU think is a friendly workplace.
Thought the funded project has ended, our campaign is not ending any time soon.
We have developed materials from the survey results and once we have the green light to resume public outreach events and volunteering sessions, we will continue to run events to build awareness on kindness at work for everyone.
Keep safe and look forward to meeting everyone again soon!
Do keep following us to be in the know of our events!
Notice 18 April 2020
Notice 28 Jan 2020
Humankind OFW First Anniversary (preloved clothes sales and outreach) 1 Dec 2019
We are showing our support to our Filipino friends in Singapore by participating in their First Year Anniversary Event via a Charity Second Hand Clothes sales!
Recreation Centre (Deepavali) 26-27 Oct19 Outreach
As part of our effort to promote kindness and inclusion in the workplace, a general public edition of the project took place over the Deepavali weekend at Kranji Recreation Centre (for migrant workers).
We gave out some free coffee packs, multicoloured pens and emoji pens to share the festive joy.
Some friends completed a survey which will give us (and the general public) a better idea on what will comprise of kindness at the workplace.
(No names or personal information were taken as part of the survey)
We were also honored to have the event supported by our energetic and cheerful friends from Humankind OFW@SG on Sunday!
Lucky Draw and Survey!
Launch of the second phase of our campaign:
Calling for response for a short survey cum participation of a lucky draw. (Open to public, with or without any formal Asperger's diagnosis)
Social for Our Friends who are Differently Abled (SOFDA). is a project set out to transform the workplace and community into kinder, friendlier and more welcoming places for our friends who are differently abled (with special focus on our friends who have either been diagnosed or suspected to have high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome) by building awareness in the community about the possible sensory and social needs of these friends. This project is proudly supported by Our SG Fund.
This is a short survey to find out what will make up a friendly/ ideal workplace for you.
For Singaporeans, the completion of the survey will entitle you to a lucky draw which will take place end of October 2019.
Ten prizes will be drawn:
Seven consolation prizes- $10 shopping vouchers
3rd Prize- $50 shopping vouchers
2nd Prize- $100 shopping vouchers
1st Prize- $200 shopping vouchers
Only fully completed survey entries with a valid email address given will be entitled to the lucky draw.
Only one entry allowed per person. The winners will be contacted and a valid local postal address will have to be provided. Prize will be mailed via registered mail.
We reserve the right to withdraw any entries from the lucky draw and/or change the terms and conditions if deemed necessary.
Please refer to our PDPA policies.
Link to Survey HERE!
SCAPE outreach program 26 May 2019
We spent a sunny Sunday at SCAPE giving out free instant coffee and tea packs to workers around the area as part of our outreach to build social awareness on the importance of a friendly and kind workplace for all- regardless of abilities.
4 March 19
We kicked off the second phase of our campaign at Viva Business Park.
Coffee is a hug in a mug.
What can you do today to make your workplace nicer for a colleague?
If you are in the area, do drop by Viva Business Park to pick up a free coffee/ tea packet and share the hug around!
We are next to Seafood Market Place till 6pm.
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We gave out coffee/tea packets during lunchtime for sharing with colleagues and made some pledges on what we can do to make the day better for a colleague.
We are also always on the look out for any sponsors of drinks as well as any venues (shopping malls, banks, offices) open for us to bring our campaign to your workplace.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch!
20 Jan 19
Some time ago we asked a group of children what they can do for a friend who is sad/lonely.
These are some friendly responses from the last day of the art competition conducted during the #throwback Smart Kids Asia 2018.
We saw alot of KIND WORDS of encouragement and INVITATION to play. Sometimes one kind word, one friendly gesture of inclusion can make a person's day better.
The best part is, sincere KINDS WORDS and FRIENDLY PRESENCE are free.
As we start the new year, be it in the schools, playgrounds or workplace, let us pledge to make our community a friendly and comfortable place for all in our WORDS and our ACTIONS.
The Winners of the competition have been chosen and contacted. Prizes sponsored by The JoyFULL Box (our product brand) had been sent out.
Lets take a look at some of these drawings!
(This project is supported by Our SGFund)
#SOFDA #socialforourfriendswhoaredifferentlyabled #artcompetition#smartkidsasia2018 #SKA2018 #fortitudosg #oursgfund
22 Dec- 26 Dec 18
The holiday season is coming, while some enjoy the season, to others, this may be a lonely and stressful time.
To encourage giving beyond materialistic gifts, we are popping up at TGIF Bazaar at Kidzania this Christmas (22 Dec 10am-4pm; 24 Dec 10am-6pm).
If you are a parent/caregiver who happens to be there with your kids, while they are at their stations, do drop by our booth to pick up a FREE "This Christmas Remember..." card and write it to a friend/family.
Limited to 5 per person while stocks last and priority to those who are giving the cards to friends who are differently abled or seniors.
If you are not at Kidzania, not to worry, get a friend who is there to pick up the cards for you or PM us your interest.
(Note: charms are not included but can be added on with a discounted price of $1.80 each for this initiative. While Stocks Last.)
30 Nov 18- 2 Dec 18
We kickstarted our campaign at The SmartKids Asia 2018 with a drawing/writing competition for all ages (2 years up).
The topic was "What can I do for a friend who is feeling sad/lonely?"
We received overwhelming response of more than 100 entries of drawings over the three days and was touched by some of the responses.
Follow us as we post up some entries as well as announce the winners.
7 Oct 18
Coffee/tea cup- socialization usually take place over a cup of drinks, be it a coffee, tea or soft drink. Having a drink tend to be a comfortable and relaxing activity to do together and is great for bonding.
Heart - The heart makes up the cup handle and is in red and white, symbolic of Singapore being a country full of love.
Outreached hands with opened palm - Be the one who reaches out with open palm as a sign of acceptance.
6 Oct 18
In an article published a few years back (Dec 2016), it is reported that 1 in 150 children has Autism. These children are amongest us the community, in the schools, the playground and they need friends.
How are we teaching our children to be their friends?
30 Sept 18
It seems appropriate to kick start our campaign by sharing this quote as our very first post.
In our quest to build a kinder, more gracious and a friendlier Singapore for our friends who are differently abled, we need to start LISTENING.
Lets put our electric gadgets aside and start having REAL conversations with people around us, start with the friend who have been constantly exchanging Whatsapp massages with you!
The more we LISTEN with our hearts, the more we can EMPATHIZE!