Chiltern Relocation has moved a huge number of clients over the past 12 years and we often get asked for advice regarding settling into the new community and social life. Whether it is single young professionals or families relocating the same concerns arise: how do we find out about where to go and what to do?
We are all creatures of habit and moving from your favourite gym, coffee shop, library or book club feels like a huge upheaval and sourcing and settling into new social outlets seems quite the task.
When clients ask for our advice, we offer these three simple steps to help them ease into a new area. It may take a bit of time and energy but it does work.
Step 1: Find a link
Before you move to your new location try to find a connection or link. However remote the connection may be – ask around there is always someone who knows someone friend’s sister/colleague/gym friend who has recently moved to your new location. That connection could be invaluable in helping you with a few questions, however simple such as: “where should I get my hair cut?”, “what’s the best gym around here?” or even “where’s a good dentist?”
Step 2: Commit to a group or two
Most towns now have their own websites where they advertise social groups and events so take some time to research these sites to get a feel for what is going on in your new location. Or if you are a parent sign up to your local ‘netmums’ which has a wealth of information about all things family related. Local libraries also advertise events such as dance groups, local churches, cycling clubs, walking groups, discussion groups. See what is on offer, join a few groups and see if the activity and the people are your cup of tea.
Step 3: Learn a new skill
Use your move as an opportunity to learn a new skill that you have always been promising yourself. Mastering a new language, taking a photography course, learning fencing, horse riding, sewing or tai chi, or even singing in a choir…. use your move as a reason to discover a new talent and meet like-minded individuals in the process. One of our clients asked for advice to find a sign reading course and he was delighted to learn a new skill and make new contacts.
To make the most out of your relocation just follow the steps…
For further information regarding relocating to Bucks, Berks, Herts or Oxfordshire please contact Chiltern Relocation on 01494 672086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]