It’s easy to slip into a pattern of staying at home and spending a lot of time alone, but getting out and about is one of the best things you can do to stay happy and healthy.
Enjoying hobbies and getting involved in the local community can improve self-confidence and keep you active.
If you find it difficult to see people in person you can easily keep in touch via BYOU+ Online or one of our virtual social groups. Social networks, such as Facebook, are also a good way to stay in touch, share photos and find out about events in your area.
Groups for older LGBTQ+
Research shows that older LGBTQ+ people are especially vulnerable to loneliness as they are more likely to be single, live alone, and have lower levels of contact with relatives. We are in the process of setting up a social group specifically for our older LGBTQ+ community members.
Groups for parents and carers
When your child comes out as LGBTQ+, it is normal to experience mixed emotions. Some parents feel a sense of loss that the person they knew so well seems to have changed. Others worry for their child’s safety or what the neighbours and other family members will think. You are not alone in this experience. These are common feeling of parents who have heard the news that their child is LGBTI+.
Social groups near you
Keeping in touch with friends and taking part in social activities helps you to stay connected and can prevent loneliness. Find out about opportunities near you.