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Making New Friends After You Move

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When you move to a new city or town, it can be overwhelming to realize that you're starting over in a strange new place. Even if you've only moved to another town within your province, you become a part of a new community of people with brand new neighbours and maybe even new friends.

Sometimes it's hard to meet new people though, especially when you work and have children to look after and your busy schedule doesn't really leave too much time for you to socialize with your new neighbours.

So how do you go about fitting in to your new community and making a few new friends along the way?

Organize play groups for your children

Although this point only works for families who have young children, it's still an excellent way to meet new people in your community.
  • Learn which families in your neighbourhood have young children around the same age as yours and start conversations with them
    • You can talk to them while walking around your neighbourhood with your kids, dropping them off or picking them up at daycare, preschool, kindergarten or even at a youth sporting event
  • Get to know the other parents and exchange contact info
    • Arrange for a group of you to meet once, twice, or even a few times a week to get the children together
    • While the children play, it's a great time for you to chat with the other neighbourhood parents and make some new friends
    • Also use this time to talk about the community and learn more about the new town or city that you live in

Volunteer for community events

Another great way for you to meet new people within your community is to volunteer for various events throughout the year. Check your community's schedule of events and get a feel for what kinds of things you can potentially volunteer for.

Some events to consider include:
  • Holiday-specific events
  • Special community-related events
  • Running a local race
  • Doing a walk for charity
Volunteering to work at these functions is also a great way to meet like-minded people within your town and possibly make a few connections and forge some friendships along the way.

Have a housewarming party

Throwing a housewarming party and inviting your new neighbours and people from your new town to attend is another perfect way to introduce yourself to the community and make some new friends after you move.
  • Make your way around your neighbourhood and introduce yourself to your neighbours
  • While getting to know them, invite them to a housewarming party or barbecue at your house
  • Print out some flyers if you want to hand them out to people as a reminder

By doing this, you're sure to meet some new people and have a fun time while you're at it. Everyone loves a party or a cook-out, and when you're meeting new people in the process, it's sure to be a great time that everyone will remember.

Of course, these are just a few of the different ways in which you can meet new people and make new friends upon moving to a new town or city, but they should be a nice place to start from if you've just moved and you're looking for some inspiration on how to become an active part of your new community.

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on January 15, 2013 - Moving Expert
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