Arts@Metta

Youth Employment Support (青年就业辅助) was formed in 2007 to equip graduates of Metta School with life skills that promote integration and independence to remain inclusive in the society.

Arts@Metta (慈光展艺) is one of the programmes under Youth Employment Support. The programme aims to increase employment opportunities for Metta School graduates diagnosed with mild disability and/autism through comprehensive training and development in visual arts.

At Arts@Metta, we strive to empower our youths with special needs with life skills that promote integration, independence, and socialisation.

Key Thrusts

  • To cultivate the artistic talents of youths with special needs
  • To provide a safe, open and nurturing environment where their talents can thrive
  • To implement effective training programmes and support services that benefit their holistic development
  • To develop a sustainable model of supported employment for these youths

Our programmes enable our youths with special needs to continue their mastery of visual arts – namely batik painting and pottery – in a creative and inclusive environment, paving avenues for self-expression and personal development.

Through the programme, our youths with special needs will learn to uphold proper decorum and assimilate concepts such as service attitude, work quality, punctuality, task completion, handling of job load and time management.

Besides equipping our youths with special needs with essential life skills, this programme also creates supported employment opportunities by leveraging on commissioned projects and retail sales to help fund supported employment, thereby empowering them with hope and dignity.

Support services available:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility programmes
  • Social development and life skills training
  • Caregivers’ Support

Individuals who have developed essential life skills have successful secured open employment opportunities in the food and beverages services, social and personal services and sales and administration sector.

To make an online donation to
Arts@Metta
Donate
For more details, please
contact us at 6580 4651
Key Facts & Figures
Commenced in 2007
9 trainees.

– as at Financial Year 2021/22

Where we are located

Office:
Metta Building Level 4, 32 Simei Street 1 Singapore (529950)
Office Hours: Mon to Fri – 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 6580 4651 | Fax: 6580 4699
Email: alumni@metta.org.sg

Retail:

Metta Building Level 1, Metta Cafe, 32 Simei Street 1, Singapore (529950)

Retail Hours: Open daily, Mon to Sun – 7am to 5pm except public holidays. Extended retail hours from 7am to 8pm on every 1st and 15th of the lunar month.

Metta Café

Initiated by Metta Welfare Association, Metta Café (慈光聚缘轩) was established in 2014 to provide F&B vocational training for Metta School graduates aged 18 and above, with mild intellectual disability and/or autism. Metta Cafe offers opportunities to youths with special needs to learn vocational, work and life skills through our comprehensive training and development programmes, and to create employment opportunities which promote independence and economic integration into society.

Metta School graduates with ITE Skill Certificate (ISC) who were ready for open employment will be recruited as Metta Café apprentices. The apprentices’ skills will be further developed through on-the-job training in a commercial setting, which will further develop their specific skill sets.

Mission:
To train and create employment opportunities for youths with special needs.

Vision:
To assist youths with mild intellectual disability and/or autism to achieve economic independence and self-reliance.

Metta Cafe's Menu

We are also available for home delivery on these 2 food delivery platforms:

CDC Voucher is now accepted at Metta Cafe!

Good News! Metta Cafe is now able to accept CDC Voucher!

Show Your Support To Metta’s Medical Care Front Line Staff

Our heartfelt gratitude to all who are serving on the frontlines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Metta Café is rallying our Metta School alumni youths with special needs to help bake eggless cookies for our team fighting the COVID-19.

You too, can join us by sponsoring this freshly-baked cookies at $6 per bottle to thank our frontline heroes! Every bottle comes with a personalised thank you card and we can help you pen your message on your behalf.

How you can support:
Make a purchase and input thank you message (limit to 30 words):

For orders call: 6580 4622/624/646 or email: mettacafe@metta.org.sg

Our youths will bake and pack, and we will deliver your cookies for them!

Let’s show our appreciation towards the team that made the selfless sacrifices, working tirelessly around the clock in keeping us safe!

With Love
Metta Café
Supported by The Singapore Strong Fund.

Ordering of Cakes and Pastries

For ordering of cakes and pastries, Click here to visit our online store, or download this form and fax it back to us @ 65804699

Donate A Meal

Good News! From April 2019 onward, Metta Café is happy to present Donate A Meal coupon! Donors or philanthropists can now purchase these meal coupons from Metta Café and donate them to the needy households or charity causes that they support. Recipients can then use these coupons to purchase meals at Metta Café.

This coupon is valid for one (1) year from the date of issue. Drop by to purchase these meal coupons while stock last.

Donate A Cake

Want to make the day of a needy? Now you can when you Donate A Cake or freshly baked yummy pastries to our needy clients from our nine various welfare centres on their special day or for a festive occasion.

Retail

Our retail section tucked away in a cosy corner of Metta Café features a wide variety of merchandise from healthy juices, snacks, cereals and beverages to our wide selection of batik art painting and exquisite pottery pieces handcrafted by our talented Metta School Alumni youths with special needs.

Need help on gift ideas for a friend or a corporate event? Our youths will be able to customise the gift based on your budget and other requirements. Speak to our team NOW.

Itching to have a hand at batik painting but not sure how to get started? Come and join us at our batik painting workshop, suitable for both the young and old, learn the art of batik painting and bring home a masterpiece.

To make an online donation to
Metta Café
Donate
For more details, please
contact us at 6580 4624
Key Facts & Figures

Halal Certified

Commenced in March 2014
11 apprentices

– as at Financial Year 2021/22

Where we are located

Office:
Metta Building Level 2, 32 Simei Street 1 Singapore (529950)
Office Hours: Mon to Fri – 8.30am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 6580 4634 / 646 | Fax: 6580 4699
Email: mettacafe@metta.org.sg / alumni@metta.org.sg

Retail:
Metta Building Level 1, Metta Cafe, 32 Simei Street 1, Singapore (529950)
Retail Hours: Open daily, Mon to Sun – 7am to 5pm except public holidays.
Extended retail hours from 7am to 8pm on every 1st and 15th of the lunar month.
Telephone: 6580 4624 | Fax: 6580 4699
Email: mettacafe@metta.org.sg / alumni@metta.org.sg

ECO@Metta

Saving the earth, one orange at a time!

With ECO@Metta, we seek to address two pressing concerns of our time – the lack of supported employment options for post-18 youths with special needs and the amount of food waste that goes to landfills.

Our very first product from the ECO@Metta range is the all-natural multi-purpose orange enzyme cleaner. We take orange peels that would normally become food waste, painstakingly cut them up and ferment them with brown sugar for three months before harvesting and bottling. The harvested peels are then made into compost with a food composter machine. Voila and we got a perfect little circular economy thing going!

All of these are done by our youths with special needs. Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes at what goes on at ECO@Metta.

Our Eco@Metta trainees

Nicole enjoys reading and doing cross-stitching during her free time. Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), she is active in outdoor activities and is passionate about her work.

Elizabeth is known for her friendly personality. Diagnosed with Mild Intellectual Disorder (MID) and Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), she enjoys singing and cooking simple dishes. Elizabeth takes instructions carefully and is a determined individual when it comes to practicing on her work.

Cheerful and sociable in nature, Leann is always eager to learn. Diagnosed with Mild Intellectual Disorder (MID), she enjoys the company of others around her and often interacts with her friends over video calls. Leann listens to instructions and participates actively in her work. She is also passionate about art and has a strong interest in K-Pop.

Vishallini has an innate curiosity and an eagerness to learn. Diagnosed with Mild Intellectual Disorder (MID), she does her own research of the history of Singapore. Vishallini is competent to complete her task on time.

Alethea is extremely meticulous in her work and loves music! Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), she has many skills, including acrylic painting and cross stitching.

Claris loves to sing and enjoys ironing batik pieces because they are so colourful! She is diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Joshua loves the piano and enjoys performing for various function. Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), he is very interested in trains and spends a lot of time reading up about trains from all over the world.

Ryan is cheerful and active, who is always eager to learn. Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), he contributes actively at work with determination to complete the tasks. In his free time, he enjoys coding and knitting.

How You Can Help

Donate to our ECO@Metta. This goes towards our bigger dream of scaling up this programme and developing various product lines under the ECO@Metta brand name. Just so that we can train and hire more youths and play a bigger part in saving the earth. All donations are 250% tax deductible.

Make A Donation Today

Organize a corporate CSR workshop. These workshops are hosted by our Citrus Ambassadors and provide a platform for them to boost their confidence and hone their social skills. These sessions also help to advocate not just for sustainability but also, the importance of inclusive hiring and supported employment. Not to forget, the support will goes back into the running of the programme.

Volunteer. Spend some time working alongside our Citrus Ambassadors!

And of course… Buy our all-natural, non-toxic orange enzyme cleaners! Email enzyme@metta.org.sg for bulk orders.

Do reach out to us should you wish to speak more about the options above or if you or your company would like to explore other customized options of collaboration.

On behalf of the earth and our team at ECO@Metta, here’s a big THANK YOU from us to you!

To make an online donation to
ECO@Metta
Donate
For more details, please
contact us at 6580 4651
Key Facts & Figures
Commenced in 2020
9 trainees.

– as at Financial Year 2021/22

Where we are located

Office:
Metta Building Level 2, 32 Simei Street 1 Singapore (529950)
Office Hours: Mon to Fri – 8.30am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 6580 4634 / 646 | Fax: 6580 4699
Email: enzyme@metta.org.sg

Retail:
Metta Building Level 1, Metta Cafe, 32 Simei Street 1, Singapore (529950)
Retail Hours: Open daily, Mon to Sun – 7am to 5pm except public holidays.
Extended retail hours from 7am to 8pm on every 1st and 15th of the lunar month.
Telephone: 6580 4624 | Fax: 6580 4699
Email: enzyme@metta.org.sg