Dating and relationships

Most of us have a need for closeness and companionship, whatever our personal situation is.

Meeting someone and forming a relationship can bring a lot of happiness and increases the quality of our lives.  If you’re single and would like to meet someone, maybe you worry about how you could do this.

Whatever your personal circumstances are, you may feel it’s time to meet a new partner or companion. It can be daunting if you’ve been on your own for a long time, but there’s no need to worry since there are ways to meet others who are in a similar situation to you. 

Meeting new people

One of the best ways of meeting new people is by getting out and engaging in activities where you can connect and socialise with others. This might be through joining a club, book group, learning new things on a course or class, participating in local community activities, or going on organised day trips or events. 

There are many different opportunities in the borough to participate in social activities and meet new people - thereby increasing your chances of meeting a potential partner. 


Online dating

If getting out and joining social activities is challenging for you, you could consider online dating.  It’s now one of the most common ways of meeting new people. There are dating sites that are tailored to, and cater for most personal circumstances, specific interests or backgrounds. 

No matter what your personal situation is – you can meet others online who are in the same position as you, and who understand you.  There are dating websites specifically catering for older people, widowers or people with disabilities.


Placing a personal ad

Many local newspapers have a personal ads section where you can put a short message about yourself and what type of person you’d like to meet. People can then contact you if they’re interested in getting in touch. Your personal contact details aren't included in the ad, so it’s quite safe and you can choose who you reply to if people get in contact.

Keeping healthy within relationships

It’s important to have your health and wellbeing in mind when starting a new relationship.  Research shows that sexually transmitted diseases for people in their 50s, 60s and 70s have doubled in the last decade.