Making new friends and connections

Regular social interaction is important for our mental and physical health.

Connecting with friends and being involved in several different social networks can contribute to better health, make you less prone to dementia and depression and give you a greater sense of wellbeing.  

How to meet new people and make new friends

Everybody needs someone to connect with. Perhaps you feel that you have nobody to talk to and you feel lonely and isolated. There are a variety of ways in which you can engage with others and make new friends:

  • Enjoy social activities, events and trips 
  • Try a new classes or course
  • Get involved in your local community 
  • Join a sports club or gym
  • Visit a day or social centre. 

Someone to keep you company at home

Some organisations can send a friendly volunteer to visit you at home. You can build a friendship with them, and they'll offer companionship by visiting you on a regular basis, over a long period of time. You might want to share lunchtime with them, or simply chat over a cup of tea. This is called Befriending.

For some people, this can sometimes be their only form of social contact, and can provide a lifeline if they’re feeling lonely and isolated. Befrienders can also accompany you on outings, or help you with things like technology, for example learning to use an iPad to email family and friends.

Telephone befriending

Another way of connecting with people without leaving the house is by joining a telephone befriending scheme. Friendly volunteers phone you regularly and you can build a friendship with them. You’ll be able to chat and share your thoughts over the telephone, which will make you feel more engaged and listened to. Some organisations which run telephone befriending schemes include:




Using technology to connect with others

There are many opportunities to meet people who share similar interests by joining social groups on the internet. Once you’ve found a group that interests you, you can connect with other group members online.


Useful contacts:

Community Partnership for Richmond, Kew, Ham, Petersham,Teddington or The Hamptons
Phone: 020 8831 6464

GoLocal for Sheen, Mortlake, Barnes, Twickenham or Whitton
Phone: 020 8973 1877