Clubhouse for domestic helpers to open later this year

A group of foreign domestic workers at the first Foreign Domestic Worker Education Fest held at the Grassroots Club in Yio Chu Kang. Domestic helpers here will soon get to enjoy new dedicated facilities and a space to host gatherings when a clubhouse
A group of foreign domestic workers at the first Foreign Domestic Worker Education Fest held at the Grassroots Club in Yio Chu Kang. Domestic helpers here will soon get to enjoy new dedicated facilities and a space to host gatherings when a clubhouse opens later this year. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Domestic helpers here will soon get to enjoy new dedicated facilities and a space to host gatherings when a clubhouse opens later this year.

The Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (Fast) has signed the lease for a 3,000 sq ft area at Raeburn Park, near the defunct Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, where the clubhouse will be located, said its executive director, Mr William Chew, on Sunday.

For a start, a computer laboratory, library and lounge there will be launched in April, he added.

When fully open later in the year, the clubhouse will be a one-stop centre with counselling services, fitness activities and remittance services.

Maids will also be able to book rooms and an al fresco seating area to host celebrations.

The membership fee is at $4 per year, said Mr Chew.

"We want to provide them with an alternative place to go where they can relax and pick up skills, rather than hanging around shopping centres and roads. Ultimately we want to have a clubhouse for domestic helpers run by domestic helpers," he said.

The voluntary welfare organisation announced its plans on Sunday at its first Education Fair held at The Grassroots Club, near Yio Chu Kang MRT station, which attracted around 600 maids who listened to presentations from education providers and motivational speakers.

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