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Friday, 6 July 2018

Smile Connect - the Sussex social networking website for everyone over 50 that helps you connect and make friends with people who share your interests






Smile Connect - the Sussex social networking website for everyone over 50 that helps you connect and make friends with people who share your interests. 





Smile Connect was built with one main aim; to prevent people suffering from loneliness and isolation. 

Smile Connect offers a digital platform for people aged over 50, that lets them connect with others who enjoy the same pastimes. By forming online and face to face friendships, users can build healthy, active and fulfilling social lives.

We encourage use by people who may feel excluded by other websites because they find them difficult to read due to issues with compromised eyesight. Not every website is built with these users' needs in mind. We try to use large, easy to read fonts and plain coloured backgrounds.

We are also aware that not everyone is familiar with using the internet. Smile Connect could be the first website they have ever used, therefore we try to make it user friendly, aim to use clear language and refrain from using jargon or internet slang. 

We like to receive feedback. We react to it, making changes to suit the needs of our users. We may not always get things right straight away but we do constantly review Smile Connect, to ensure our community get the best experience.

Smile Connect is an organic website and we continue to make changes to make our website as easy to use as possible. We also add features that we believe our users may find useful. 

If there is anything that you feel we could improve upon, we are always happen to listen.



Lonely and over 50? Join Smile-Connect.com today and start connecting. 







Friday, 20 October 2017

Lonely? Over 50? Want to socialise and connect with people who share your interests? Smile Connect is here to help





My name's Sharon. I'm a forty something woman, who lives on the south coast of England and I am the founder of the Sussex social networking website for everyone over 50.

https://www.smile-connect.com

As I'm not yet over 50 myself, I often get asked by new Smile Connect users why I had the idea for the website. Here's the answer.


Some years ago, a widowed relative - once an outgoing, girl about town, suddenly found her social circle of close friends and female siblings had disappeared due to age and illness. Getting out and about wasn't as easy as it once was and she was reluctant to join senior lunch clubs as she felt everyone there would be 'old'...

Thankfully, this lady had the support of close of family who visited every day. Had circumstances been different, she may have been one of the many older people in the UK and beyond, to suffer from loneliness - something more damaging to health than smoking several cigarettes a day.

Extended families are disjointed nowadays - with miles separating grandparents from grandchildren and their parents. Some live on other continents to each other.  

As we grow older, we lose touch with friends and our social circle dwindles. People sadly lose partners. These events can be traumatic and create feelings of loneliness that can knock one's confidence; making it hard to build a fulfilling social life. I felt there had to be a way to re-connect people, helping to form new friendships and bring meaning and fun back into older people's lives.

Smile Connect was created to help to do just that, to help people in Sussex connect with one another based on their shared hobbies, to form on and offline friendships. Our users don't just socialise online, they also meet each other face to face. 


So although I'm not quite there yet, I know that being lonely and over 50 is something that could well happen to me. Any of us in fact. I want Smile Connect to help people in Sussex create a social life for themselves and show that it's not just young people having all the fun. 

Lonely over 50? Join Smile-Connect.com and start connecting.