It’s 2021! Time to get out in the community and socialise

Socialising and feeling like a part of your community can do wonders for your health and wellbeing. If you need some help deciding where to go or what to do, we’ve got some brilliant suggestions for you. And if you normally feel a bit shy or that getting out the door is a challenge, don’t worry! You’ll find lovely, friendly support workers on the Mable platform who will make you feel comfortable and help put your plans into place..

Make new friends, pursue your hobbies, go along to events and explore what your city or region has to offer. With 2020 over and done with, it’s time to look forward to more opportunity, more fun and more freedom!

Expand your social network

Being social is healthy and does a person good. What interests you? A great place to find out about social events in your area is Meetup or you can search Facebook for your favourite things to do and you might find a group that’s already doing them!

Special interests

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If your interests are a bit niche – like sci-fi, home brewing, fantasy football or tracing your family tree – there’s bound to be a special interest group that gets together in your area. Post a job on Mable and you may find someone who’s into exactly the same thing! Here’s an example that you can copy/paste into your job ad:

“Hi, my name is Jen. I love anime and would like to join a social group so I can meet others who are into it too. I’m looking for a support worker who can help me find an appropriate group and come along with me a couple of times for moral support while I’m new.”

Love and dating

Perhaps you’re single and want to find love. Great! Look for dating groups near you. Some are small dinners with six attendees and there are also big group dates like zoo visits, picnics in the park and wine tastings.

Narrow your search filters for a support worker who lists ‘Activities, Outings & Community Access’ and ‘Companionship’ in their services offered. They can work with you to feel ready to tackle the dating world.

Join a community gardening crew

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For those who love to get a bit of dirt on them, community gardens are a wonderful idea. You get to pitch in, make new friends and take home some of the fruits of your labour. If you search Mable for support workers who list gardening in their interests, you can feel pretty sure they’ll know where you should go, and they can even go along with you the first few times.

Volunteer at a local community centre

Volunteering has always been known as a fabulous way to meet likeminded people. You could help out with organising a festival, pack swags for the homeless, be a guide in a museum or feed baby animals in a shelter. Here’s an example that you can copy/paste into your job ad:

“Hi, my name is Paul. I’d like to volunteer somewhere and I’m particularly interested in animals. I’m looking for a support worker who can help me find an appropriate organisation where I can volunteer my time and meet new friends. It would be great to have someone come along with me a couple of times too for moral support while I’m new.”

Think big!

What do you want your 2021 to look like? Sit down and create a vision board with your worker and together you can research options and strategise your goals and how you’ll achieve them. How about these ideas?

·         Extreme sport experiences like skydiving, scuba diving or race car lap driving.
·         Take a holiday getaway for a weekend or even an overnighter out of town.
·         Go fruit picking and bring home some luscious strawberries or cherries to enjoy.
·         Establish a new flour, herb, fruit or veggie garden at home.
·         Visit your local sights that usually only tourists go to.
·         Go out and make funny, short videos and post them on Tik Tok.
·         Adopt a rescue pet that you can cherish for years to come.
·         Join a theatre group or choir and be a part of something exciting and fun.
·         Start up a silent disco in a hired hall.

Support workers on the Mable platform are a clever bunch! There’s so much scope to fulfil a never-ending array of goals that you’re bound to find someone to work with you on getting out and about and socialising in your community.

When you’re a customer on Mable, you can search from thousands of independent support workers, each with their own talents, passions, personality and life experience. Make this your year to establish new friendships and build a bigger social circle.