Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.

We like to think that Northallerton Business Network provides an excellent opportunity for our members to connect with each other.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, small business or a business professional, NBN offers a perfect opportunity to make new friends and business connections in a welcoming and friendly environment.

Reducing the feeling of isolation and loneliness that is sometimes associated with self-employment or working for a small or micro organisation.

'It's great having no-one to answer to but not so good having no-one to talk to'

Kindness and Connecting.

The more kindness we give, the more we will receive. It’s a genuine and symbiotic two way street that reinforces the aspect of connection. We are deeply connected to everyone and the more we are kind to them, the better we will feel in so many ways.

That sense of connection is so important as it transcends the separation we often experience as humans. Connection to others is one of the fundamentals of wellbeing and happiness.

Staying Social, Staying Well

Thank you to one of our newest NBN members, Bev Frain, Project Manager - The Loneliness Campaign North Yorkshire, for providing the following information and link:

Community First Yorkshire has launched a unique loneliness risk test in North Yorkshire. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s informative.

Loneliness affects many thousands of people in all our different communities across North Yorkshire. Addressing loneliness is never easy and there’s no one solution, but Community First Yorkshire is working on ways to tackle the issue countywide.

Staying Social, Staying Well’ is a fun, free and practical online quiz. It helps people approaching retirement in the next few years, or who have recently retired, (typically aged 50-65) think about their risk of loneliness in later life. The quiz offers practical ideas about how you can stay connected with the people around you, get involved in your community, keep active, keep learning and give back.

Loneliness is not inevitable. It isn’t the same as being alone. Feeling lonely from time to time is a normal human emotion. However when loneliness isn’t an option, but an ongoing, day to day reality those affected are likely to suffer significant ill health and other negative consequences. Circumstances may mean that your risk level is higher. Knowing your risk level helps you think and plan, enabling you to take small steps towards managing your future mental and physical well-being.

The Staying Social, Staying Well quiz asks 12 questions and will take you about 10 minutes to complete. It’s designed to be used on a smart phone, tablet or laptop:

Meeting people through volunteering, learning or other activities can play a vital part in securing our mental and emotional resilience.

Let's Get Connected

Check out the 'Let's Get Connected' project by Hambleton Community Action which aims to help anyone aged 18 or over, living in Northallerton and it's surrounding villages to take part and get involved in activities tailored to their interests and needs.

HCA have created a Let’s Get Connected directory designed to provide information and contact details for regular weekly or monthly meetings, classes and events taking place in and around Northallerton available here.

If required, they can offer the support of a volunteer to help you do these. The volunteer would help you attend the activity or service on an occasional or regular basis.

For further information about the project, or if you would like to use the service please get in touch.

Please call: 01609 780458 ext: 207