Connecting with others

It’s really important to spend time with others, make friends and build a social and support network for yourself in your local community.

There are lots of groups in the community where you can socialise, make friends and go to events and fun activities as a group.

Be Connected Programme

Chatty Benches

The Chatty Bench initiative was started by the Campaign to End Loneliness. Signs have been installed in various community locations across the borough to help bring local people together by simply sitting down and having a chat outdoors, in their local environment. 

Take a look at their website to find a chatty bench near you. 

Chatty Cafés

The idea of a Chatty Café is to encourage people to sit and chat with others, especially people who may be on their own. Go to one of the cafés, look out for the Chatty Café sign on one of the tables, order a drink (feel free to tell the staff you’re here for the Chatty Café).

You can stay for five minutes while you have your drink or longer - It’s completely up you. It’s not about making life-long friends (although you never know), just having good old fashioned human interaction!

Take a look at their website to find a café near you.

Men in Sheds

Men In Sheds are community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of men to enjoy together. At Breaking Grounds Shed, we look upon our Shed as a collective group of people working towards a common goal.

Our pilot shed is based in the grounds of Chargeable Lane Resource Centre, which has been converted to include a workshop and social area. Every Tuesday 12:00 – 16:00.

Visit their website for more information and for locations

Loneliness and isolation

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with loneliness and isolation, the Community Neighbourhood Link Workers are here to help.

Part of Newham Council's Adult Social Care team, this friendly team are here to support people to connect with their community.

You can self-refer or refer someone you know to this service via their online form.

Or you can give them a ring at 020 8430 2000 - option 2 

NHS and Care Volunteer Responders Phone Call Befriending

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This team offer 18 weeks of telephone befriending and can also do and pick up shopping or prescriptions for people.

Activities at your local library

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Find activities and coffee mornings at your local library.

LGBTQIA+ Community

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Coffee and chat group for older LGBTQ+ in East London, identifying specific issues affecting older LGBTQ+ which can be fed back to service providers.

Blossom Place Togetherness Café

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At Blossom, we believe in the potential of each person and the transformative power of community, compassion, and change. Our Togetherness Cafe is a vibrant and inclusive space where we come together to make a difference. Make friends, connect with your community and get support.

Manor Park Over 50s Social Club

We offer our members the opportunity to make new friends, socialise with others, have lunch together, play dominoes, bingo, cards, trips out and other social activities, eg. music and dancing, as well as holding information sessions.

Supporting Humanity's Over 60s Social Club

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Free, every Thursday 10:30am-12:30pm, based in Ilford.

Learning new skills is lots of fun.

Volunteering

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There are many ways you can get involved in the community and make new friends. Browse our directory to find a group you may want to join.

Learning a new skill or hobby

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There are many organisations and groups where you can learn a new skill or take up a new hobby.

Community Neighbourhood Link Workers Support for Loneliness and Isolation

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with loneliness and isolation, the Community Neighbourhood Link Workers are here to help.

Part of Newham Council's Adult Social Care team, this friendly team are here to support people to connect with their community.

Subco Trust befriending for South Asian elders

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Subco Trust works with isolated and housebound elders from diverse South Asian communities in Newham as well as the local community for over 30 years.

Find social events and groups near you

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There are many ways you can get involved in the community and make new friends. Browse our directory to find a group you may want to join.