Moving to a new community or neighbourhood can be both exciting and challenging.
While the change offers fresh opportunities, it’s common to feel lonely and isolated in unfamiliar surroundings. But, that doesn’t have to stop you from fostering meaningful connections, and building a vibrant social life in your new home.
Step 1: Attend Local Events and Activities
One of the best ways to connect with your new community is to participate in local events and activities. Check out community bulletin boards, local newspapers, and social media groups (try searching for your neighbourhood or building – you might be surprised!) to find information about upcoming events, festivals, workshops, or clubs. Attend these gatherings to meet like-minded individuals who share your interests and passions.
Step 2: Join Community Groups
Many communities have various clubs and groups catering to different interests, such as book clubs, gardening clubs, or sports teams. Checking out a group meeting is an excellent opportunity to bond with people who share your hobbies and activities, and it’s a great way to break the ice and form connections with like-minded folks.
In today’s digital age, social media and online platforms can also be invaluable tools for connecting with your new community, and keeping in touch with your old pals. Join local Facebook groups, Nextdoor communities, or Meetup groups that cater to your area. Engage in conversations, ask for recommendations, and attend virtual or in-person meetups organized by these communities.
Step 3: Take Classes or Workshops
Consider enrolling in classes or workshops. Whether it’s an exercise class, language course, or art workshop, learning environments tend to create a conducive atmosphere for meeting new people who are eager to acquire new skills and make connections.
Plus, even if you don’t make feel like making friends, simply being present in the group setting can be good for the soul.
Step 4: Explore Cafes, Libraries, and Community Centers
Local cafes, libraries, and community centers often serve as hubs for community gatherings. It’s worth checking online, or making a phone call to see what the upcoming schedule looks like.
Step 5: Be Open and Approachable
Building connections requires a willingness to be open and approachable – you need to put yourself out there and create opportunities to be social! Smile, make eye contact, and initiate conversations with others.
Step 6: Attend Local Religious or Spiritual Gatherings (if you are so inclined)
If you have religious or spiritual beliefs, attending a local gathering or service can be an excellent way to find a sense of belonging. Places of worship often host community events and social gatherings, providing opportunities to connect with others who share your faith.
Step 7: Volunteer in Your Community
Volunteering is not only a wonderful way to give back to your new community but also an effective way to meet new people as it allows you to connect with individuals who are passionate about similar causes and values.
Consider donating your time to local charities, non-profit organizations, or community events. Or inquire at a local school – they might be in need of someone to be a crossing guard, a gardening expert, or a patient ear to listen to new readers – there are many ways to enrich yourself and your community. You don’t need a unique skill, but your time will always be appreciated if you find the right audience.
You wouldn’t be the first (or last) person to feel lonely after moving to a new community, but you can take control of the situation. Be proactive about putting yourself into new situations, find your curiosity and allow it to drive your new discoveries, and let yourself try something you’ve always wanted to – it will help alleviate loneliness, and build new connections.
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Again, we could not have done it without them! From decluttering and packing our condo to moving and setting us up in our new home, every member of the team was hardworking, helpful, warm and extremely competent. Their attention to detail in setting up our new place was remarkable. Honourable mention to the whole team: Kelly, Shawn, Ian, Phyllis, Barb M., Barb Y. Jack, Susan, Glen and Paul. Barb M., our team leader, and Ruth, in the office, were particularly good at calming a nervous client.
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They made this move so smooth for my wife and her parents.
On moving day they left their old home and at the end of the day arrived in a new home with all their belongings unpacked and arranged. Completely stress and back pain free. The next day Darling took care of removing items targeted for donation and all remaining items for waste.
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Frankly thank-you does not even cover it. Your team, led by Julie, was absolutely incredible from the first moment we met down to the beautiful new plant for my mom and our goodbyes at the door.
They were so organized, thoughtful, friendly and polite. It was a sincere pleasure to work with all of them. I enjoyed the experience so much I am almost sad that the move is finished but happy that we will meet again when my parents are ready to hang their many pictures.
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