Treat your helper to a healthy dose of fun on her day off, from fitness to inspiring photo walks
The struggle to achieve a work/life balance is real for all of us! But when you work 6 days a week (and essentially live at your workplace) it can be even tougher. Making time for fun can make a big difference to the rest of the week, whether it’s getting some exercise, indulging a creative side, joining a club or getting together with friends. Make sure your helper knows what’s on offer for her on her day off, especially if she’s new to Singapore.
What does your helper do on her day off? If she’s looking for some fun new activities to try, let her know about these great opportunities from organisations across Singapore.
FAST (Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support & Training) members enjoy free access to fitness classes; affordable rates for karaoke bookings; free locker usage; free wifi, games, books and move screenings; plus discounts on classes, F&B, remittance and medical services, and much more.
FAST, 2985 Jalan Bukit Merah #01-1B, Singapore 159457, www.fast.org.sg
Free Spirits is a social initiative that provides Foreign Domestic Workers with access to fitness activities through partnerships with local fitness studios. They host free monthly events with activities like zumba, yoga and boxing. Upcoming events are all announced on their Facebook page. Free Spirits also offer packages where FDWs can attend regular fitness classes in studios across Singapore at a discounted rate. Packages start from just $20.
Social initiative HelpHer Do Better aims to help foreign domestic workers gain self-esteem and mental wellness through activities like yoga, bootcamps, hikes, book exchanges, wellness workshops by experts and experience sharing by fellow helpers. They’re even offering free online fitness classes on Sunday mornings during the Circuit Breaker; see their Facebook page for more details.
Mahrose Coronado is a foreign domestic worker from the Philippines, Aidha student and an award-winning photographer with a passion for Peranakan shophouses and architecture. Read our interview with her here! Mayrhose leads photography enthusiasts on photo walks around Singapore. All skill levels are welcome, just bring a smartphone! Be sure to install Snapseed and Adobe Photoshop Express prior to the photo walk. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and shoes as there will be quite a bit of walking and bring a water bottle, cap or umbrella just in case it rains. (Limited to 20 people per session)
Race2Share works closely with foreign domestic workers to get them actively involved in sport for self-empowerment, holistic personal development and better productivity. They organise dragon boat racing every Sunday, as well as outrigger canoeing, with the support of their current training partners. They also conduct various fitness classes like swimming, cycling and running and encourage their members to adopt a fit and active lifestyle.
Helper Cooking Classes
Whether you want to help your helper familiarize herself with your family’s preferred cuisines and recipes, or she has a love of baking, there are heaps of helper cooking classes she can take to booster her skills. Expat Kitchen is a popular favourite for their wide array of helper-friendly courses, from basic cooking to Peranakan specialties. Cookery Magic offers affordable online cooking classes (perfect during the Circuit Breaker). Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School (a Sassy Mama fave) also welcomes helpers in their wide range of classes. HOME and FAST also offer specialized cooking classes for helpers on their day off.