Who are the Socially Disadvantaged?
The socially disadvantaged is defined as specific groups within society that struggle to live their daily lives. Examples being low income families, youths that lack academics and careers, singleton elderly, new immigrant families, racial minorities, sex workers, the homeless, famers, migrant workers, the mentally ill, the disabled, people that are illegible to receive government funding as well as women in specific regions.
How to help the Socially Disadvantaged?
Social enterprises may provide service for the socially disadvantaged or hire them (Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISE)) to improve their living conditions, physically and mental wellbeing, as well as expand their social network.
Socially disadvantaged will not only receive income (Cash) from social enterprises, but also receive practical on-job training which will strengthen their capabilities (Capability), enrich their work experience (Curriculum Vitae), and enable them to work on a routine schedule. Lastly, they can regain confidence (Confidence) from the challenges they face on a daily basis.
The benefits from working at social enterprises are very different compared to traditional welfare institutions or sheltered workshops that provide employment support services for the socially disadvantaged.
Although the disadvantaged would rather work at sheltered workshops than stay at home, but in comparison, social enterprises are far more attractive than sheltered workshops because social enterprises are actual corporations in the market that can bring greater challenges for the disadvantaged, yet providing a nourishing environment for them to grow. The four Cs, Cash, Capability, Curriculum Vitae, and Confidence are all important elements towards self-realisation.