Ways to expand your social circle as you age or live with disability

Do you wish you had a bigger circle of friends? Companionship and connection are so important for good mental health, but it can be challenging to make new friends as we age or live with disability. So, here are a few ways you can expand your social circle, and grow a support network full of caring, like minded people.

Connect with Your Community

One of the easiest ways to expand your social circle is to get out and about in your community. Without a doubt, there will be people in your area who have similar interests to you, similar goals, and could use a new friend. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Attend an event: check your local council’s website for any upcoming events. Often, you’ll find book clubs, gardening clubs, art classes, and more, happening in an area near you! Pick something you’re interested in and give it a go.

Volunteer: do you like connecting with people and making a difference in your community? Why not try volunteering? You’ll meet like-minded people and help others at the same time!

Explore: sometimes, simply putting yourself out there can make a big difference. You might meet someone at the local park, local nursery, café down the street, or library. Venture out without any expectations, and engage in conversation if the opportunity presents itself, you never know until you try.

Feel uneasy about connecting with your community due to limited mobility or additional needs? There are support services available to help you get where you want to go safely, offering transport, and assistance at your destination if required. So, no matter what, you won’t have to go it alone!

Get Online

Have you tried connecting with others online? The internet is a great, low-pressure way to engage with people who have similar interests. Try joining a few hobby groups on social media, or chatting on an online forum. Just remember to be safe when using the internet; don’t click on any links you don’t recognise, and never send anyone money online.

Start Where You’re Familiar

Don’t be afraid to reach out to people on the outskirts of your social circle. This could mean old friends, old co-workers, family friends, or friends of friends! Even if you didn’t have much in common when you first met, things change, especially if you haven’t spoken in years. So, send a message, make a phone call, or send an email, you never know what might happen—they could be waiting for a friend just like you!

Could you use some help getting to an event in your community? How about shopping for a new computer? Or would you like someone to visit you for a weekly chat over coffee? Here at Simply Helping, we offer flexible in home care and support services for Australians from all walks of life. Click here to learn more and contact us today!