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With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Your stories...

  • I've started reading bedtime stories to my kids again. I'd got so busy I felt I had no time for it any longer. Its rapidly becoming my favorite time of day now. Snuggled up with the kids and sharing adventures.

  • I volunteer with Moving On Support, and I really enjoy befriending. It’s nice to know that I can give something back and help people feel better.

    Lucy
  • I joined Facebook last week. I’ve already made contact with some old school friends. Can't believe I haven’t done this ages ago.

    George
  • I really enjoy a good chat and make time to speak to everyone I see in our building in Penrith. When I’m not working I love spending time with my wife and children...

    John
  • At least twice a week I arrange to meet a friend in town for soup over my lunch break. It's been so good to catch up with people, and arranging it advance means I can't just work over my lunch hour like I used to.

    Sarah
  • I baked a cake and took it round to my elderly neighbour today. Best gossip I have had in ages.

    Lynne
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  • Did you know?

    Having a network of social connections or high levels of social support has been shown to increase our immunity to infection, lower our risk of heart disease and reduce mental decline as we get older. Not having close personal ties has been shown to pose significant risks for our health.

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