Singapore Pools lends support to special-needs artisans with rent-free space

SINGAPORE - A social enterprise set up to help artisans with special needs can look forward to a rent-free premises for the next three years.

Called the Personalised Love (PLove) Community Studio, the work space allows people of special needs a place to make and sell a range of handmade leather goods.

The deal is part of Singapore Pools' decade-long community initiative that provides new charity organisations and social enterprises with affordable office space in Singapore Pools branches. PLove is the fifth organisation to benefit from this programme.

The studio was opened on Friday (July 21) and is located on the second floor of Singapore Pools' branch at Blk 351 Jurong East Street 31. It is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 3.30pm.

PLove's founder Yeo Hwee Khim said she was grateful to Singapore Pools for the rent-free space, adding that starting the studio would have been "impossible" given the high cost of operating a business in Singapore.

Said Singapore Pools chief executive Seah Chin Siong: "We hope that by addressing (the) infrastructure needs of our social sector in a cost effective manner, we can help sustain their operations in the long run.

"In so doing, it is our hope that organisations such as PLove will be able to serve their beneficiaries better."