Create your own club

12 May 2017

By Shadforth Financial Group

From book clubs to walking groups, having a special interest is an ideal way to boost your mind, body and soul in retirement — with the added benefit of growing your circle of friends.

Sporting groups such as golf, tennis and bowls can be found in most communities. But, if your particular interest lies elsewhere, it’s a great opportunity to form your own group and connect with like-minded people.

Here are some tips if you’re interested in growing your pastimes and friends.

1. Choose your special interest

Do you enjoy cooking up a storm with friends in the kitchen? Or long to review the latest films with a group of like-minded movie buffs? Remember, anything can be a special interest, so think about how you can make it a group activity and start a club.

2. Find a venue

If holding the group in your home is something you’d prefer not to do, you’ll need to find a suitable location.

If photography is your thing, the local high school or gallery is a great place to meet. If it’s a book club you’re starting, seek out meeting rooms in your local library or community hall.

3. Put a call out

Thanks to a range of online platforms, establishing your club can be done in three easy steps:

  1. Set up a group on your preferred platform (meetup.com is a popular choice).
  2. Fill in a group name and a brief description. Make sure you clearly communicate exactly what your club is all about.
  3. From there, create events and invite members of the platform who have similar interests to join.

Social media is another useful tool for spreading the word. Facebook allows you to set up groups and create events to share among your existing networks. And don’t forget about community noticeboards and classifieds in your local paper.

4. Organise events

Think of a range of events associated with your group to get people talking and more members joining.

> A photography club could do photo shoots in different locations and visit photo exhibitions around town.

> A bushwalking group might enjoy a trek through a rainforest as well as learning orienteering.

> A dance group could hit the dance floor or attend the ballet.

Whatever your interests, having a variety of events booked in advance will be a huge drawcard for potential members — and is a great way to meet people and forge connections.

5. Keep communicating

Now that you’re on a roll, it’s important to maintain momentum. Assigning group members specific roles and delegating tasks is a great way to keep people involved. A useful tool for this is groupspaces.com — this website enables you to store membership information and communicate with each other.

In retirement you have the time to focus on things that have a special interest to you and connect with like-minded people. So get started today, make your own club and bring your community together.

Which Australian state has the fittest people 55 years and over?

The diagram below shows the percentage of people 55 years and older who participate in sport and physical recreation in each state.

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