New online neighbourhood "marketplace" of services launched in Singapore

A screen capture of the newly-launched blockpooling.sg website. The website was launched on Wednesday and is open to residents across Singapore-- PHOTO: SCREEN CAPTURE FROM BLOCKPOOLING.SG WEBSITE
A screen capture of the newly-launched blockpooling.sg website. The website was launched on Wednesday and is open to residents across Singapore-- PHOTO: SCREEN CAPTURE FROM BLOCKPOOLING.SG WEBSITE

Pairing up a family that needs a part-time housekeeper and a semi-retiree keen on housekeeping and looking for flexible work options - that is one of the possible matches a new online neighbourhood "marketplace" of services could help make.

Called "BlockPooling.sg", the platform was launched on Wednesday and is open to residents across Singapore. In just 24 hours, there have already been some 50 users offering services from hourly housekeeping to clothes alteration, "internet fixing", and even local bike tours, said BlockPooling.sg chief executive Moh Hon Meng.

The idea is to look beyond town centres and into neighbours' homes to match those who have local service needs with those who can more easily and conveniently provide these services within the neighbourhood.

Ms Foo Mee Har, grassroots adviser and MP for West Coast GRC, plans to leverage on this to build a local marketplace of services for her residents, noting that it would cater to the "many residents in the neighbourhood" who have given feedback about wanting "flexi-work opportunities that help supplement their family income". Such matching up of neighbours would also improve interaction and bonding between them, added Ms Foo.