Moving to a new house or apartment in a new city or town can be stressful enough, but not knowing anyone in your new location can leave you feeling lonely as well. But you don’t have to feel isolated for long. There are lots of ways to meet people and make new friends, even if you don’t yet know your way around town. So, take a break from unpacking and venture out into the community. You can find yourself with a busy social life in almost no time at all.
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Look in your brand-new phone book for the number of the local Chamber of Commerce. Call and ask if they publish a newcomer’s guide. This publication will give you all the info you need about local clubs, schools, organisations, annual events, and interesting places to visit.
Look in the phone book again under Clubs and Organizations, if the Chamber doesn’t publish a guide for newcomers. Choose a few of the associations that spark your interest and give them a call for more information. Promise yourself you’ll go to at least one meeting of your chosen groups so you can check them out first-hand.
Type “Meetup.com” into your Internet browser. When you reach the site, type in your postcode. Meetup lists local support groups, book clubs, playgroups, parenting groups, professional groups, and more. And if there’s not a group to your liking, you can start your own.
Learn about the church groups in your area. Most local newspapers list church activities in their Sunday editions.
Join a gym or a fitness group. It’ll be good for your health and, possibly, your social life.
Spend a little time at the local library, where you’ll find announcements about upcoming activities. Librarians are wellsprings of information about what’s going on around town, and they’re usually anxious to share what they know.
Volunteer at a hospital, animal rescue league, school, little theatre group or charitable organisation. You’ll meet people with a shared interest and you’ll feel good about yourself for giving something back to your new community.
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