A better Medway

Connecting with others

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If you're feeling lonely, there are lots of things you can do to help, including:

Share how you feel

Talking to someone about your feelings can really help.

You could try using positive coping techniques such as:

  • connecting with others
  • doing more of the things you enjoy
  • learning new skills
  • looking after yourself.

Find out more about supporting your mental wellbeing.

Catch up with friends and loved ones

Technology is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. Use social media platforms such as:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • WhatsApp.

If you need to improve your digital skills courses are available at Medway Adult Education

Make new connections

Joining group activities based on your interests can be a great way to make new connections. You should think about:

  • activities and hobbies you enjoy
  • something you would like to learn.

This could include getting involved in community activities such as local walking or cycling groups.

Little things can make a difference

Having deep connections with close friends is important, but brief exchanges can have a positive impact on how you feel about yourself. For example, you could:

  • say hello to a neighbour
  • help someone at a bus stop.


Volunteering is a great way to:

  • get involved in your community
  • use your skills to support others
  • meet new people.

People can offer their time by supporting family, friends and neighbours or getting involved in initiatives such as:


You may benefit from a more formal social arrangement such as befriending. This is where you're matched with a befriender who can contact you by phone or in person. 

Befriending organisations in Medway include: