Getting out and about
Things to do
There are many activities taking place across Dorset to help you to get out, meet people and socialise.
“Happy to chat” - Portland Town Council has installed a pilot scheme called ‘Happy to Chat’. The scheme has installed benches with signs situated in Easton Gardens and Wren Court, Portland. Loneliness is an issue that can affect all residents and individuals in our community and this is one small way that people can connect and meet. If the pilot is well received further signs will be added throughout the island.
You may want to consider taking part in regular short guided health walks that take place every week throughout Dorset. These free walks offer a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air and meet new people as well as keeping you fit and healthy.
Learning new skills
The University of the Third Age (U3A) offers retired people a chance to study many subjects including art, languages, music, history, crafts and computing.
Libraries in Dorset do much more than lend books. They have a range of events and opportunities to meet people, such as reading groups, craft and chat groups and computer learning groups.
Details of your local library and what is on offer, including the Home Library Service.
Get online to meet people
Meetup is a free website that can help you make friends and form small social groups with people who share your interests. You enter in the hobbies that interest you and the website then searches for people who live nearby and share your hobbies. You can decide whether to get in contact and make friends with them and maybe go together to events taking place locally.
Get online - learn how to use a computer
If you need help getting online, we can help you to learn how to use computers. Telephone the Digital Hotline 01305 221000 and a team member will take details of the help you need and then direct your call to the best advisor available. The team can offer digital support for a wide range of issues, no problem is too small.
- providing help to get online for home shopping
- support for all digital NHS services
- setting up Skype, Facetime, Zoom, WhatsApp, etc. to keep in contact with friends and family
- cybersecurity advice
Digital Champions help and support people in their local community to use the internet and gain basic online skills.
Free online courses
If you would prefer to get help online, Learn My Way offers free courses on using a computer, browsing the web, sending an email and finding work online.
Venue accessibility guide
AccessAble provides accessibility guides for venues across Dorset.