The Sheltered Workshop programme provides employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

A bookbinding section was established in 1985 under the programme to provide a platform for our craftspeople to hone skills in perfecting the art of bookbinding and book restoration.   

Building their legacy, the bookbinders paved the way for new artisans to be developed.

The new outfit now sees a succession of younger persons with disabilities being trained in leather-crafting, stitching together lifestyle products perfect as gifts for friends, loved ones, and corporate partners.

A finishing touch of initials or names hot-stamped on every creation adds individuality and elegance to these socially empowering gifts.


The SPD Artisan Collab brand is conceived and built on three important ethos—Craftsmanship, Collaboration and Empowerment. The brand celebrates the skills of differently-abled artisans through the provision of meaningful vocational training and employment. Each hand-stitched product represents the tenacity of our artisans overcoming their personal odds and difficulties in crafting.


To build an inclusive community where everyone is part of it, not apart from it.


SPD is committed to working in partnership with people with disabilities to develop their potential to the fullest so they can be self-reliant and independent.


To build an inclusive community where everyone is part of it, not apart from it.


“I like learning something new and I like to sew things that are useful for others.”

Karen, 24,

Cerebral Palsy

“I feel great and good for helping SPD do sewing.”

Alvin, 27,

Dandy Walker Sydrome, Bilateral Cataract

"I feel great that I can accomplish creating these products. When people buy them, I feel great that they appreciate what we do."

Wong, 55,

Stroke Survivor

Our leather apprentice Karen shared about her learning journey in the artisan collab leather workshop and how she has progressed in her work skills. We are proud of you Karen!

A tribute video to thank the service of SPD’s most elderly craftsman in the SPD Book Bindery. Ah Chai has been trained as an artisan since 1979 and served as an important mentor in sharing his skills with SPD’s book binders. Thank you Ah Chai!