5 on the fly: ways to make new friends

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by Sarah Halfpenny

Having a social network is important throughout our entire life, but it can feel harder to make new friends when we’re older and no longer have the network of school parents or work colleagues that we see on a daily basis. Try some of these ways to make new friends later in life …

1. Attend a Meetup event

Meetup is a platform where people with similar interests can create or join groups and attend events together. Search for Meetup groups in all sorts of categories including: Arts and Culture; Community and Environment; Dancing; Health and Wellbeing; Movement and Politics, plus many more. There’s sure to be something to cater to your interests.

2. Join a support group

Attending a support group for a common issue or experience, such as a health condition or loss of a loved one, may seem daunting at first but it can provide emotional support and create new friendships with people who understand where you’re at in life.

3. Take a class or join a club

Learning something new in a class or workshop is an excellent way to meet new people. Consider taking a cooking class, art class, or even a language class, or join a book club or fitness group. Your local Neighbourhood House is the perfect place to start.

4. Travel with a group

Touring with a group is a great way to explore new places, and it’s likely to be a relaxing experience where you make memories and friendships that last. There are many travel companies that offer group tours specifically for seniors.

5. Volunteer

Find an organisation that aligns with your values, and you’ll find like-minded individuals to connect with. Volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people while also contributing to your community and giving you a sense of satisfaction.

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