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It can be useful to think of positive ways to overcome any feelings of loneliness that you may be experiencing.

Local Are Co-ordinators may be able to help you connect with other people and organisations in your area.

AgeUK IW Good Neighbour Scheme offers support and reassurance for older people with no-one to turn to. The scheme has over 550 local volunteers that are committed to helping make their community a nicer place to grow old, and to ensure that everyone has someone when they need them.

Active Network Social Clubs

Age UK Men in Sheds

Care Navigators

Equals Friendship group provides a welcoming place to women of both minority and majority ethnic background

Isle of Wight Hobnobs is an online friendship group with approx 600 members

Women on Wight is a centre open to all women and girls.

The Links Trust is open to all over 50s in the Bay area. They organise events, outing and activities.

The University of the 3rd Age offers opportunities to learn new things and meet new people.

Aspire Ryde offers a range of volunteer led projects and opportunities to meet people in Ryde.

The Really Useful Cafe and Our Place at West Wight Sports & Community Centre offer the chance to meet new people, hear speakers, take part in simple exercise.

Townswomen’s Guilds and Women’s Institutes can also offer potential for meeting new people.

The Volunteer Centre can support you to find new opportunities to meet people in a volunteering role.

Visit you local Community Centre or library to look for activity groups that may be of interest to you.

If you have a child under 5yrs and are feeling lonely, Home Start may be able to help. HomeStart volunteers help families facing isolation, the effects of post-natal illness, disability or mental health issues, bereavement, multiple births, poverty or financial difficulties, or a whole range of other challenges. After meeting with the family to discuss their specific needs, Home-Start will match the family to a volunteer.