The Benefits of Belonging to Groups
We also believe you can improve your health and wellbeing by being part of social groups. There is academic evidence to support this.
- Groups give us a sense of meaning, purpose and belonging
- They are an important source of support
- They motivate us to do things that make a difference to our health and wellbeing.
This has been called the ‘social cure’.
Research has shown that if you are over 50 and join a social group, you cut your risk of developing conditions including depression and strokes. With every social group that you become a part of after retirement, your quality of life improves and your life expectancy increases.
We are bringing people together using the things they have in common – supporting the same football team, an interest in football, or living in or coming from the same community. Our Extra Time are Hubs are reaching more and more people. Find out about them here.