Connect: Six ways to wellbeing

Connecting with the people around us is a great way to remind ourselves that we’re important and valued by others.  

Having friends and other social connections is good for your health and wellbeing and your happiness. It can help us feel more secure and give us a greater sense of purpose. 

Support to connect in West Lothian  

Warm welcome locations in West Lothian provide local people with a place to visit, socialise, access services and provide support. 

Community connections are ‘pop-up’ information drop ins that provide access to informal advice, information, support, and onward referral to community resources and third sector services. 

Peer support can provide valuable opportunities to connect with others in a similar situation. Our directory details peer support available. 

Befriending offers support and companionship to people who may be lonely. 

Community groups provide a way of meeting other people and getting involved in a range of different things. Search the Voluntary Sector Gateway directory to see what may be of interest! 

West Lothian 50+ Network run and take part in a range of activities to help people stay fit and healthy in both mind and body, whilst socialising with others. 

Older People Active Lives (OPAL) supports older people to maintain and increase their independence and wellbeing, and take part in social, leisure, and community activities. 

Other resources to support connecting include: 

  • Hear about what other people have found helpful to improve their wellbeing by visiting Mind to Mind
  • Listen & Link is a West Lothian Council phoneline service for children, young people and families who have concerns for the mental wellbeing of a child or young person in their household. 
  • Text ‘Voice’ to 85258 24 hours a day if you need to speak with someone for additional support. 

Ideas to connect! 

  • Arrange to meet people regularly. You could have monthly dinner dates with friends or join a local interest group. 
  • Reach out to somebody you’ve lost contact with. Send them a letter or give them a call to let them know you are thinking about them. 
  • Take some time to get to know your neighbours. Why not invite them round for a cup of tea? 

Take notice

Taking notice of our thoughts, emotions and surroundings is a great way to stay present and pay attention to our needs

Be active

Staying active is linked to both positive physical health and mental wellbeing

Keep learning

Learning new things is a good way to meet people and boost our self confidence


Acts of kindness can give us a sense of purpose and make us feel happier and more satisfied with life

Financial wellbeing

Money worries, housing and employment can all affect our wellbeing

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