Friday, 20 October 2017

Lonely? Over 50? Start connecting with people like you on Smile Connect. Here's why it is was created.

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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.

New members ask who or what was the inspiration for the website. Here's the answer...

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Some years ago, a widowed relative - an outgoing lady who formerly enjoyed a fulfilling social life, suddenly found her circle of friends 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 local 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. 

As we grow older, we can 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. There had to be a way to bring companionship and meaning back into older people's lives, in Sussex. A platform was needed to re-connect people through shared was created to do just that. 

Our community is made up of people aged over 50 across Sussex, who enjoy a variety of interests. Enjoying pastimes with friends has been proven to keep people physically and mentally active; boosting self-esteem and overall health and well-being.  Our users don't just socialise online, they meet each other face to face to practice shared hobbies, forming both on and offline friendships

So now you know why Smile-Connect was created and what it could do for you, don't feel lonely. Join and start connecting with people like you who share your interests.

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The Sussex social network for everyone over 50

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