What revamped Step-Up Centre offers
A CUT ABOVE: Brother's Barber Holdings co-director Zen She Yikai demonstrating his hairstyling course. The barbershop is partnering with Sana's Step-Up Centre to provide skills training for ex-offenders.
The Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association's (Sana) Step-Up Centre offers financial and emotional support, employment opportunities, information and counselling for ex-offenders and their families.
This is in line with its holistic approach to rehabilitation, said Sana executive director Abdul Karim.
He said that the centre is open to all ex-offenders, but it is primarily for drug offenders.
The newly revamped premises on Level 5 of Sengkang Community Club boasts counselling rooms, a multi-purpose recreation space for workshops and skills training, and a children's playroom manned by staff.
Sana also collaborates with other organisations to offer special programmes. One such collaboration is with Brother's Barber Holdings, which is run by Noor Izwan Noor Jali and Zen She Yikai, both 28.
The two-year-old barbershop is partnering with Sana to offer basic hairdressing training at the centre.
Graduates from the free course can join Brother's Barber, which operates from a foreign workers' dormitory in Seletar North Link and is seeking to expand.
The trainees will receive a $45 weekly allowance during the course and a basic salary once they start work.
Mr Mohammad Fahmi Ahmad Abu Bakar, who heads the Step-Up Centre, said: "We want to give (ex-offenders) skills for them to be self-sufficient."
Correction: Mr Noor Izwan Noor Jali and Mr Zen She Yikai, the co-directors of Brother’s Barber Holdings, are not ex-offenders as reported in an earlier version of this story.