Volunteering is most rewarding and you can find a place which is of interest to you and can be as challenging and no so challenging. The skys the limit really. I have been a volunteer art assistant for people with disabilities. I have qualifications of which I donate my services to who I feel is in need. I go to the YMCA in a suburb of Melb and its a fantastic place where all staff are just so supportive. With around 10K people you are sure to make some friends. I also belong to a charity group called VIEW affiliated with the Smith Family and we go on outings and visit other groups and its not so expensive to join. Locally in the SEastern suburbs of Melb there are many Community Centres that have fantastic classes which are many and varied. I also belong to an Art Society as well where you meet many people and can attend classes too. Or if you have a talent and would like to volunteer, you could apply to a community centre and begin classes. its most rewarding indeed.
My parents moved over to Australia in their 60's and have literally had to build a new social circle from scratch. This has been no easy feat, but a real help for them was joining the local bowling club. They've met older like minded people there and have also found a new hobby.
Our library offers Third Age Movie Course - which is specifically for the over 55's - you learn about cinema and discuss. It also has non age related social activities, but due to timing, will attract retired people.
Being over 55, I would like to know the answer to this as have been in the city now two years and have only met a few people.
Most of the over 55's seem t be for couples here, or the people are far older in mind than I am.
I have met a few people through walking my dogs every morning, and some younger people through volunteering.
However I have not really met any "like minded" people.
I'm in the process of downsizing at the moment. I love my present home but my son will be moving out soon and that leaves just me. My house is now on the market and I have signed up for a 2brm house at the Tuart Lakes Lifestyle Village for over 55's. They have aquaerobics, bowls, three pools, gym, computer room, library and whilst still being built, a movie room. The thing I'm most looking forward to is the Sundowners on Friday nights which is a chance to get to know my neighbours, and with 40+ single people hopefully find a friend or two People I've met there are really friendly and outings and shopping buses are organised too. Perfect solution to meet new friends.
Bridge. Learn in class, meet outside home, no prep required. Can usuallynturn up without a partner and be sorted out. Chance to get know lots of people and make friendships at right pace. Then the Bridge - BRILLIANT game. Fun, challenging, exciting, addictive..