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Social Support Groups

New Connections has a variety of weekly groups and activities which are open for any one to attend!


  • LGBT + : 4pm - 5pm

  • Crafty sew 'n' sews: 6:30pm - 8:30pm


  • Walks for All: 12pm-12:30pm

  • Soups Up: 12pm - 2pm


  • Vintage Cafe: 11am - 3pm

  • Creative Writing Group (under 25's): 4pm - 5:30pm

  • Chess Group: 5pm - 6:30pm

  • Lochaber Stitch: 6:30pm - 8:30pm


  • Vintage Cafe: 11am - 3pm

  • Crafternoon: 11:30am - 3:30pm

  • Bump, Baby, & Beyond: 1pm - 2pm (fortnightly 2nd & 4th Friday)

  • Scrabble Group: 1:30pm - 4pm


  • Freshwater Church Sunday Service & Wave Walkers: 10am - 2pm 

Please visit the weekly schedule page HERE for more information on each group. 

What are the benefits of social connectedness?

It can improve your physical health! 

People with stronger social bonds have a 50% increased likelihood of survival than those who have fewer social connections.


Social connection can help prevent serious illness and outcomes, like:

  • Heart disease.

  • Stroke.

  • Dementia.

  • Depression and anxiety.



Social connection with others can help:

  • Improve your ability to recover from stress, anxiety, and depression.

  • Promote healthy eating, physical activity, and weight.

  • Improve sleep, well-being, and quality of life.

  • Reduce your risk of violent and suicidal behaviors.

  • Prevent death from chronic diseases.

It can also improve your meatal health, and sense of well being. 

Social connections can offer a number of mental health benefits, such as boosting mood, reducing stress, and improving self-esteem.


When people are socially connected and have stable and supportive relationships, they are more likely to make healthy choices and to have better mental and physical health outcomes. 


When we reconnect with friends, whether that’s through a quick phone call or on a nature walk, we can go through a multitude of emotions. We’re either laughing, crying, or venting. When we express these emotions, our brains release dopamine and endorphins — the “feel good” neurotransmitters responsible for happiness and mood.

Why not come along to one of our crafting or sewing groups? 

Or how about attending one of gaming groups!

How about stopping in for lunch, a cup of tea, and a chat?

Or how about a social group where you can just spend time with others? 

If you have any questions or inquiries about any of the groups you can email:

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