Many people enjoy their own company, but others (especially people who are older and disabled) may sometimes enjoy the company of a good friend now and then, especially if they have been bereaved or moved to a new area. Here are some places to help (follow safety tips, if meeting new people).
- Together Friends is a site where women can make new friends to meet up in person, or chat online. Set up by a mother and daughter, this site focuses on the outdoor natural life, and puts you in touch with like-minded women in the same area, who share your interests. It’s not a dating site, simply a friendship site based on location, age and interests. You can find a friend to go walking, have coffee with, go to the theatre or find a travel companion. Ideal for people who have moved to new areas, or are recently bereaved or separated/divorced. You may just find that person to visit pottery class or climb a mountain!
- Natural Friends is a friendship/dating site, whichever you prefer. This site caters to people who love nature, country walks, animals, strolls on the beach and cycling. Browse the site to find members.
- Veganuary lists local groups for vegans, if you feel a bit isolated in a world of people who eat meat, fish, dairy and eggs. If you’re the only plant-eater in your village or town, here you can find like-minded new friends to chat with, and of course go out to dinner with!
- The Silver Line Helpline is a free telephone service where people who are older and lonely, can call for a 30-minute chat with a friendly volunteer. The service is available for anyone over 60 with a phone who can hear , and they get a regular call at the same time, each week. It also offers group calls for older people who share a maritime or Royal Air Force background. They are very busy due to lack of volunteers, so if you’re a friendly chatterbox, you know who to call to offer your services!