Social relationships and community activities
Can you get out and about in the local community without help? Can you make new friends and keep in touch with friends and family without help?
There could be more going on near you than you think.
There are lots of organisations and groups out there, big and small. They have a range of activities, whether you have a specific interest, or just fancy a cuppa and a chat. Why not have a look on Staffordshire Connects? All you need to do is type in a few details about what you’re looking for and where you live. The website then gives you a list of different organisations/groups running near you.
You’re never too old to make new friends
Whatever your age, it’s never to late to meet new people and make new friends. Having good social connections can be beneficial for your mental wellbeing as well as your physical health. Research suggests that maintaining friendships can decrease the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, as well as reduce the impact of stress and chronic pain.
There are a variety of opportunities to meet new people, either by visiting your local library or place of worship. There are lots of organisations listed on Staffordshire Connects that can help you on your first steps.
Public transport is not necessarily expensive
If you don’t have a car and need help getting out and about, public transport is a great alternative. If you are aged 60 or over, or have a learning or physical disability, you may qualify for a bus pass. With a bus pass you can use buses anywhere in Staffordshire (not including Stoke on Trent) at no cost.
Anyone who is eligible for a bus pass but who can't travel unassisted may also be able to get a 'companion pass'. This will allow their carer to travel free within Staffordshire (again, not including Stoke on Trent).
If you’re aged 60 years or over, you can also get a Senior Railcard which gives you one third off all rail travel.
Community and volunteer run transport schemes are also available across Staffordshire and are often much cheaper than using a taxi.
You’re never too old to learn to use technology
You don't have to be a technology expert. Most hi-tech devices these days are designed to be easy to set up and use. The fastest growing group of learners embracing computer use are people over the age of 50.
There’s so much to do and it’s a great way to keep in contact with all your friends and family. You can use it to share photos, videos and find friends you thought you’d lost touch with. There are lots of community groups where people get together to learn and share their growing technological skills.
Search on Staffordshire Connects to find one near you.
What's available in my local area?
If you are looking for social activities, our directory site Staffordshire Connects can help you find groups and activities.
This includes activities like:
- The Everyone Health Service is free for people aged 50 and above who meet certain criteria and live in in particular parts of Staffordshire or a with certain GP practices. This includes support to stop smoking, lose weight, eat more healthily, get active, get out and about more and prevent falls. NHS health checks are also available to residents aged between 40 and 74. For more information call 0333 005 0095
If you are unable to keep in touch with others or get out and about and wish to discuss this in more detail, contact our Staffordshire Cares team for further advice or complete the online self-assessment.
#DoingOurBit – What one thing can you do?
Volunteering is a great way to get active, meet new people and help your local community with things you care about. Volunteering doesn’t have to be intensive, you can find the voluntary role that’s right for you, whether it’s a few hours a week or something more.
Find out more about volunteering from the #DoingOurBit website.