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Smile Connect

  • Website:
  • Location:
    East Sussex, West Sussex
  • Type of support:
    Events, Website/app
  • Groups supported:
    Bereaved, Carers, Divorced/separated/having relationship difficulties, Elderly, Newly-retired
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Smile Connect is a social networking website for the over 50s in Sussex. We help people who may be lonely or socially isolated, make new connections with like-minded people who share their interests. Smile Connect is an active community of older people who enjoy long-lasting, online and face to face friendships. Our service promotes positive ageing and the health benefits of practising hobbies with others.

Making new friends boosts self esteem and encourages people to take up or restart previously enjoyed activities. Enjoying pastimes with others has been proven to help keep older people physically and mentally active; improving overall health and well-being.

Smile Connect offers regular social events hosted by both us and our users, to encourage members of our community to socialise together. By hosting events, users become ambassadors for Smile Connect – promoting our website to potential users who may benefit from our service and also helping shape the type of activities we offer.