Make new friends as Worcester Oddfellows ready their autumn events - The Worcester Observer

Make new friends as Worcester Oddfellows ready their autumn events

Worcester Editorial 23rd Aug, 2023   0

WORCESTER District Lodge Oddfellows, a friendly society which provides opportunities for older adults to make local friendships, is asking people to assess their social circles to see if they could benefit from making new connections.

The invitation is part of the local society’s Friendship Month celebrations this September, where its members are hosting special taster events to help people plug any friendship gaps and experience the benefits of joining a community-based social group.

“Your friendship needs and circle of friends can alter dramatically in later life,” said Sandra Loynes, branch secretary of the Worcester District Lodge, of the Oddfellows.

“We often talk about the dangers of loneliness to our health, but you don’t have to be lonely to need new friends.

“We benefit from having a well-rounded friendship group – which includes new friends, pals with shared hobbies and interests and friends who challenge and support you.”

Events include an ‘Afternoon of Musical Entertainment’ in Worcester on Monday, September 11 at 2.15pm, tenpin bowling in Worcester on Tuesday, September 12 at 10am, or a game of The Price is Right in Worcester on Monday, September 25 at 12.15pm.

Psychologist, author and friend of the Oddfellows, Dr Denise Taylor, said: “Friendships are vital to our social wellbeing and can have a direct effect on our physical and mental wellbeing.

“As we journey through life, we can go through many stages of transition – retirement, relocation, losing loved ones, which mean that some friendships may slip away.

“Our opportunities to maintain a supportive social circle often reduces and the friendships we do have can take more work.

“I advise taking stock of your friendship network at regular stages in your life. Look at your own social wellbeing and identify what needs to change to ensure you feel fulfilled and supported by those around you.”

To register an interest in attending a Friendship Month event, or to request a free local events pack, contact Sandra Loynes on 01905 422591 or email [email protected] Further details can also be found at


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