Hobby lobby

Hobby lobby
Ms Suzana Ahmed (extreme right) runs the gardening group, which has about 30 active members.

Want to pick up a new hobby but cannot find someone to do it with you? Join an interest group.

There are no official figures but there are likely thousands of such informal groups in Singapore, where like-minded people enjoy their hobbies in a social setting.

They cover a wide range of topics and activities, from arts and crafts to sustainable living, which teaches you how to do your bit for the environment.

To locate an interest group, contact a store which caters to that particular community, such as asking a model aeroplane shop to put you in touch with model aeroplane enthusiasts. Or visit your nearest community centre, where notices about interest groups can usually be found on bulletin boards.

You can also search for interest groups on the People's Association website (one.pa.gov.sg), where more than 11,000 interest groups are registered. This is an 18 per cent increase every year from 2010, says PA. The best part is, interest groups are typically free to join and most simply ask that you pay for your own materials.

To get you started, Life!Weekend rounds up eight such groups.


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