Life skills

Making friends

Friendships are one of the many meaningful relationships that we can have. It can help to:  

  • build social skills  
  • improve self-esteem  
  • promote good mental health  
  • have someone to talk or share things with

How to make friends  

There are different ways you can make friends, like:

  • trying and activities you enjoy with somebody new  
  • trying a new group activity  
  • looking for local clubs online  
  • asking family and school or college to help you  

Where to go to make friends

You can look for local activities in lots of different places, like:

More information and advice  

For advice and information on building friendships, visit the Mencap website.

For advice for both parents and young people, visit the Contact website.