Another way to build connections is to “try volunteering”, which can be a great way to learn a new skill, give back to the community, feel good about yourself, and to meet other people with similar interests.
“Follow your passions,” the charity advises. “If there is something you absolutely love there will be other people out there who feel the same.”
Suggestions include an online fan forum, or a local writers’ group – whatever is appealing to you.
AgeUK reassured that feelings of loneliness are commonplace and that “most of us will feel lonely at some point in our lives”.