Are you new to the community? Then you’re probably looking for a way to meet your neighbors, get involved and make some friends! Unfortunately, accomplishing this might not be as easy as you would hope. But with a little effort, you can find friends in your community in no time! Here are four tips to get you started.
Find a club or group to join…
You won’t meet new people by staying at home, so you’ve got to get out there and explore what your community has to offer. Do a little research and find out what kinds of groups are in your community. You can find them in places like rec centers, YMCAs, churches and other community organizations. You can also expand your search outside of your physical community into the online community and find people who share your interests there. Love gardening? There’s an online group for that! Looking for a play date for the dogs? There’s an online group for that!
…Or start one yourself!
Maybe you can’t find a group that’s a good fit for you or there isn’t a group where your interests are represented. Odds are, there are others in the community who share the same interests as you. So take a step out of your comfort zone, take the initiative and start your own group! A good place to start: create a Facebook page or a community group on GetAssist to start building a community of people who share your interests.
Consistently attend community events
Whether it’s the neighborhood barbeque or book club in the park, if you want to make friends and meet people, you have to attend weekly or monthly events consistently. Keep in mind, it may take some time—making friends as an adult doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient, and let it happen naturally! The more consistently you attend events, the better you will get to know people.
You might be an introvert by nature, but step out of your comfort zone a bit and introduce yourself. Just because someone doesn’t come up and introduce themselves to you doesn’t mean they’re unfriendly, they might just be shy themselves or distracted by someone else. Walk up and say hello and start the conversation! Some tips from Code of Living about how to be outgoing include ask people questions about themselves, express genuine interest, give compliments and perhaps most importantly, practice! The more you can practicing communicating with people, the better you will be at it and the easier it will become.
GetAssist can help!
With GetAssist, you can quickly and easily see what groups there are in your community and what they’re all about. You can also create your own community group and invite people to join in both online and in your local area.