A DATING workshop aims to help people “gain confidence” and make new friends after two years of confinement.
The one-day workshop at the Unity Center in Lewes, led by holistic therapist Fraya Wolf, is aimed at older people.
Fraya said that after the Covid-19 pandemic people struggled with isolation and she wants her workshop to help with that.
She hopes to encourage people to get out of the house and has described trying new things as “the challenge and the antidote”.
Fraya said: “This experience is for older people who want to gain some confidence and skills in meeting new people, especially with the goal of getting back into the dating world.
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“A lot of people are afraid to go out and meet new people right now.
“As I spoke to clients throughout the pandemic, I witnessed a great deal of fear and loneliness that changed the focus of the fear of Covid-19 and catching it from others at fear to reappear in a world from which they feel disconnected, especially from others.
“Millions of us have felt lonely during the pandemic and many of us have forgotten some of our social skills like how to talk to each other, especially new people in new situations.”
The June 18 workshop costs £60 for a ticket as part of a special offer in May, or £85 in June.
Fraya, who used to lecture at the University of Nottingham, is holding another workshop in Brighton on September 4.
She added: “Increasing social interactions and having new experiences are important for our mental health and our overall health, but can be difficult after a long period of isolation or seeing only a very small group of people in a familiar way. .
“So getting out of the house, meeting new people and doing new things is both the challenge and the antidote.
“The answer to combating loneliness and fear in a way that isn’t too terrifying is to find events that specifically sensitize you to these challenges and can help you connect with others in a safe and healthy environment for address some of the impact of the pandemic.”
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