Finding local friendships online

Making new friends isn’t always easy and it sometimes becomes harder the older you get. Gone are the days when you could rely on work, your child’s school or your own education to provide you with new potential friends. Now, it’s up to you to search out great opportunities for meeting people. Luckily, there are plenty such opportunities to be found. 

Look up local organisations with regular meetings, subscribe to forums discussing events in your area and join sites geared towards introducing people and let the online world help you make friendships in real life.

Logging in and saying hello 

One of the great things about the internet is the way it can take all of the fear out of meeting new people. Rather than having to muster the courage to approach a new person in a busy café or shop, you can extend the offer of friendship from the comfort of your own home. This is particularly great if you’re a little shy or unsure of how to get a conversation started. By establishing some common ground online, you can ensure that if you decide to meet up in person, you’ll have something to talk about and a few things in common. Look for local Facebook groups or forums connected to the things you care about and say hello online.

Meeting new people can often also lead to romance and signing up for Silverfriends, our dating site for the over 50s, offers you the chance to connect with likeminded people in your area and across the country. It’s a convenient way to find people with similar interests and goals in life and you can even specify how far you’re willing to travel to meet new friends – starting at as little as five miles. Simply create a free profile and start making new connections in no time.

Finding people who like the same things you do

To find great activities in your city and work out if there are any groups you should be thinking about joining, have a look at City Socializer. This handy website lists events that are taking place in cities all over the UK and it’s simple to limit your search to ones near you. Eventbrite is another great online resource for anyone looking to find fun events in their area. While you’re likely to find more one off events than regular meet ups on Eventbrite, it’s well worth a look.

If you’re having trouble finding any local groups you’d like to join or are struggling to come across other people with similar interests, why not consider setting up your own group? Websites like Meetup make it very easy for anyone to create their own event, whether it’s a weekly meeting to talk about the best films of the moment or a monthly book group. You’ll never know how many local people there are with the same hobbies, passions and pastimes as you unless you’re willing to open yourself up to new ways to meet people – get online and get started.

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7th Sep 2020
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Hi I’m Fran would love to chat to anyone on this forum my interests are varied I live in Kent
30th Jul 2019
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I would like to make new friends, I live in cannock
4th Apr 2019
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Would like to make new friends I have just joined live in West Yorkshire.,
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I'm a US girl that would love to have a pen friend. Let's talk about what's going on in our world and the joy of getting older.
9th Jan 2017
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Just joined, want to say hello to everyone! Please write me, I need adult conversation as I bbsit my 3 g'kids often, lol
9th Dec 2016
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Searching to meet people who love to travel
1st Feb 2015
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Just started with this. Not a committed Internet user but like the idea of "pen Friends"
cwtchy grandma
2nd Mar 2015
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Hi I am also new to this so good luck to us both
7th Jan 2017
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I like the idea of "pen friends" too. Happy to chat

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