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Looking to connect with new friends? There are many places to meet new people on the Island, whatever your age.

Why not try volunteering as a way of meeting new people. You may pick up some new skills as well. The Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre can offer help to individuals looking for volunteer posts as well as supporting those who need volunteers.

There are a range of social groups organised by older people for older people across the Island. So whether you’re interested in finding new friends or making your voice heard on issues that affect people in later life, there’s a group for you.

For a list of various support groups visit Your Community Directory at islefind.it.org.uk/support-services

There are Older Voices Circles all over the Isle of Wight for people aged 50+, run by Independent Arts. Older Voices give you the opportunity to have a say, and your opinion will be heard, discussed and taken forward. They meet monthly and include an informal social gathering, occasional interesting speakers, and share tea, cakes and good company.

Men in Sheds groups offer men the opportunity to share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work. On the Island these are organised by AgeUKIW and by other smaller groups.

For those with young children toddler groups can be a good way to meet other parents with children of a similar age. The Family Directory has a good list of these.

See Feeling Lonely page

Updated 12/08/2020