We all experience the odd bout of loneliness from time to time. For older people, this can be made worse by the loss of a loved one, missing the social contact of work after retirement or health problems that make it difficult to get out and about. If you are an older person who feels lonely, there are plenty of things you can do which will help:
• Join a local group – There are lots of activities happening in local communities, such as coffee mornings, community choirs, walking groups or art clubs. Well Aware has a comprehensive list – you can look at the calendar of activities or search by keyword http://www.wellaware.org.uk/
• Get Involved at Barton Hill Settlement, see our get-involved page to find out more.
• Rekindle an old hobby – If you had a much-loved hobby that fell by the wayside, now could be the time to revisit that interest. Or you could even try something completely new!
• Volunteer – this is a great way to stay active and meet new people –and share your experience and skills with a local charity. You can find volunteering opportunities on the Do It website https://do-it.org/
• Learn something new – Keeping the mind active in older life is as important to health as keeping physically active. The University of the Third Age (U3A) run informal activity sessions, covering hundreds of different subjects https://www.u3a.org.uk/
• Get support from Community Navigators Bristol – and find out more about how Community Navigators Bristol can help