Making friends

Making friends

A man with a supporter meeting a woman and talking

Making friends can be hard. It can take time.

If you want to make some friends but don't know how to get started, there are some things you can do...

A man is talking to another man who is in a wheelchair

Talk to someone you trust.

Ask them to tell you the good things about yourself.

Building your confidence is important.

Lots of different people doing different activities like; netball, painting, listening to music, playing cards, gardening and ten pin bowling

Look out for people who have similar hobbies and interests as you.

Six people talking to each other in a social club

Join a new activity or club.

Meeting people who have the same interests as you is a good start.

If you both have something in common, you can talk about this.

A man with Down's Syndrome waving and smiling to the camera

If someone in the group seems friendly, say hello.

A man talking to another man and shaking hands

You could ask the person questions like:

"How was your day?"

"Are you having a good time?"

"What do you like to do for fun?"

A  man is talking to another man and shaking his hand. He knows that he should not say anything private

You should not ask questions that are personal or private.

It is good to wait until you know them better to ask more personal questions.

A woman listening

Listen to them.

Do not talk when they are speaking.

Two men are sitting together. One man is trying to talk to the other man but he is turning away to ignore him.

If they look away, yawn, ignore you, or say they have to go, it could mean they want to stop talking.

Try talking to someone who smiles and is friendly to you instead.

A man is sitting on a chair explaining something to a man in a wheelchair

If you are getting on well with someone, make an effort to talk to them when you see them.

A group of four people are talking. One man tells someone they like their handbag. Another person says that one of the group is good at playing the guitar.

You can start to give compliments like 'I like your shoes/bag' or tell them they are good at something.

Two men facing each other with their hands together

When you get to know each other better, and if you both like spending time together, you can form a friendship.