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Getting out and about

Maintaining social connections and participating in social events with family and friends can help to improve brain health as well as general health and wellbeing. This is especially important in older people and people with mental ill-health.

As people age, it is not unusual for social circles to reduce, especially with life events such as retirement, bereavement or ill-health. However, there are many different ways that you can stay connected so it’s worth seeing what’s available that will interest you.

According to the NHS, there are five steps that people can take that will improve their mental health and wellbeing.

  1. Connect with other people
  2. Be physically active
  3. Learn new skills
  4. Give to others (acts of kindness and volunteering)
  5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

So seeking out new clubs or activities could provide valuable opportunities for you to boost your mental health and wellbeing.

Benefits of social interaction and socialising

Where can I find information on local clubs and groups?

We have compiled a list of different sources of information on local groups and activities in West Sussex that you can join and take part in.

So if you, or someone you know, is feeling lonely or bored, would like to meet like-minded people, learn a new skill or keep fit, have a look at the information below and see if there’s a club for you.

Improving your overall fitness and strength will not only help you to remain living independently in your own home for longer, but also enable you to get out and about, join in local groups and activities, pursue a new hobby or learn a new skill.

Need support getting out and about?

Below you will find the list we have compiled of different sources of information on local groups and activities in West Sussex that you can join and take part in.

Last updated: 7/2/2020