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Previously, agencies accredited by the Social Development Network (SDN) were not allowed to hold events for people of a particular age group or religion, because that might appear discriminatory.
But demand from singles for dating events aimed at specific age groups or faiths prompted the Ministry of Social and Family Development to change its guidelines some time in the middle of last year.
They found it awkward to attend large-group events with participants mostly in their 20s or 30s.
Some older women have been turned away by agencies that say a fair share of men are looking for younger wives who can bear children.
At the Complete Me agency, 15 per cent of its 3,000 clients are 40 and above, a threefold rise from two years ago.
Over at Lunch Actually, one of the biggest agencies, the proportion of older singles has doubled to 15 per cent in the last 10 years.
Dating agencies have begun holding more mass match-making events, such as speed-dating, tailored especially for older singles since they were given the green light to do this.
Looking for places like this, so if you see any, heard from friends, whatever, anything at all, just post a reply. Hi guys, Just want to hear from anyone who went or even better, paid for the services of dating agency like Lunch Actually. Of course since they are the one doing the arrangement, you prob end up less date than you want to, even if you're anything goes. Just a brief description of what they do: You fork out 3.5k for a 1 year service You give them a set of description of what you need in your partner, your own stats They match you up and arrange date in their list of restaurant You pay your own bill (and if youre guy , you prob pay for the girl as well)Piap or not thats your own skill I suppose, lol I didnt sign up yet as I dont have any guarantee that i can even get 2 date per month.
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Raymond, a 44-year-old bank manager who declined to give his full name, has attended speed-dating events regularly for the past 15 years. "I was so thankful as it's embarrassing to attend events with people in their 20s and 30s and seeing their eyes glaze over when they learn my age," he said.
A 41-year-old auditor gave him her number, but she has yet to respond to his invitation to go on a date.