February 8, 2023

For the older person, meeting that special someone can bring a range of benefits – from tackling loneliness to relieving physical ailments.

A wealth of data shows that romantic relationships can have positive effects on a number of diseases, including heart disease and depression. Research also shows that singles are 20% more likely to die before their age group average.

Statistics also show that there are more single older Britons than ever before, with more than 3 million people living alone after the death or divorce of a partner. Researchers predict that the number of “gray divorces”, or separations without a spouse, will triple by 2030.

The Mail on Sunday, in partnership with Age UK, has brought you a variety of creative and entertaining ways to beat loneliness over the past two weeks.

For older people, finding that special someone can bring many benefits. This includes overcoming loneliness and alleviating physical ailments (stock photograph).

This week, we offer assistance to those seeking more than friendship.

From We’ve searched the UK for events and groups that focus on connecting older singles.



RSVP is a service that offers fine dining, party nights, walks, and weekends away to singles in England, Wales, and Scotland. It’s primarily for people over 50.

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From RSVP hosts singles events at least once per month, from relaxed Sunday lunches to murder mystery evenings. The team of matchmakers is also able to offer a dating service that matches members based on their interests, without the need to go through many profiles.

Karen Harvie, RSVP’s founder, says that “at our events you’ll always find friendly host to introduce you to or take care of nervous guests.” “Some people go out again after a divorce or a bereavement, and I’ve seen their confidence blossom. There is always laughter, laughing, and chatting.


Visit rsvp-int.co.uk. Membership costs a one-time payment of £745 and then £32.99 per month thereafter.

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You’re never too old for speed dating


Date In A Dash hosts weekly speed dating events at clubs, hotels, and restaurants in London, as well as, starting in January, in Bristol and Manchester, Manchester, and Birmingham.

Date In A Dash will host weekly speed dating events at hotels, clubs and restaurants in London and, from January, in Bristol, Brighton, Manchester and Birmingham (stock photo)

Date In A Dash hosts weekly speed dating events in London’s clubs, restaurants, and hotels.

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Events are organized according to age, with participants enjoying five-minute mini-dates and sex with people of the opposite gender.

Sessions last for two hours. Women sit at a table with men moving between them. The daters then list the people they would like to meet again. Participants receive the results via email and at least 80 percent of them score a match.

Director Rob Ryall said that people often mix in the bar afterward or stay for a drink.


Visit dateinadash.com. Events cost between £15 and £20.



Stitch is an internet community for over 50s that encourages friendships, romance, and shared interests.

The platform, which is not for profit, encourages users organize hobby-based activities within themselves and promotes it on the site.

Stitch is an online community for the over 50s that promotes friendships and romance through shared interests. People can then search for a match through their own hobbies – with interests ranging from long bike rides (stock photo) to fine dining and ethics lectures

Stitch is an online community that encourages friendships and romance among people over 50. People can then search for a match through their own hobbies – with interests ranging from long bike rides (stock photo) to fine dining and ethics lectures

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Members are invited to create an internet profile. Here they can add their interests, upload a photo, and even say if it is romance they are seeking.

People can then search for a match through their own hobbies – with interests ranging from long bike rides to fine dining and ethics lectures. Members can send a message or sign up to one of the hundreds of events in their area.

Andrew Dowling, founder, said that “On the website you can see the profiles other people attending an event. So you might want to attend if someone likes your,”

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Visit stitch.net. A lifetime membership is free



Date On A Plate offers cooking classes, followed by a three-course dinner with Champagne – for Jewish bachelors over 50 in North West London.

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The Sunday evening kosher dinner events are hosted by Denise Phillips at her home. The main food items are prepared ahead and singletons help with basic tasks such stirring sauces and chopping onion.

After the cooking class ends, guests will move to the adjoining dining room in a candlelit setting for their meal.

After Each course, the men change places to sit next a woman. At the end of the night Denise shares everyone’s email addresses.

Allan and Paula Messing are the ones who owe their romance bliss to Date On A Plate. The couple, who are now 65 and 67, just returned from their honeymoon in Mauritius, ten years after meeting at one of the dining events.

Paula states, “You could tell the chemistry by their dinner conversation and I knew I was attracted towards Allan.”He He was intelligent, not arrogant.”

Allan describes his online dating experience before meeting Paula, as “disastrous.” He says, “My faith and culture are very important to me and I wanted to find someone who shared those things. It is difficult to find someone online.

“I thought she was funny.” [Paula] She had a wonderful way about her that was so charming, and I was right. She It makes people feel at home.


Visit jewishcooking.com. Cost £75 for the lesson, dinner, arrival cocktail and unlimited wine.



Spice Social organizes group events in the UK that are attended by over 100 singles, mostly over 50. These events range from weekend aways to ghost tours.

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Instead of creating a dating account, users can enter their zip code on the website to search for events near them. They can also chat with organizers to ask any questions.

Smaller events, such as Christmas dinners in a pub or a Queen tribute concert, cost around £25 to £30 and are attended by up to 50 guests. Larger ones, such as an all-inclusive weekend of culture and walking in Dumfries, cost around £150 to £200.

Jamie Morris, Spice Society Scotland coordinator, said, “I’ve been at so many weddings that the couple met at our events.” “Romance naturally occurs when people come together to share their joy.


Visit spiceuk.com. Members pay £99 a year to meet, with no pressure to seek romance.

MoS is praised by readers who join the army of friends on their phones

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Age UK extends its sincere thanks to The Mail on Sunday’s generous readers who have volunteered for the charity’s phone friendship service.

We launched a campaign last month to encourage 1,000 readers sign up for the program. The program involves a weekly phone conversation with an older, lonely person. Signups have increased 73 percent in the four days since launch, with 249 subscribers signing up within four business days.

Alasdair Steward, Director of National Services at Age UK, said, “I would like to express my gratitude to the readers for their support.”

“Thanks to Sunday’s call for volunteers by The Mail, we received many applications from readers who are willing to give their time to support the elderly.

“But there is still work to be done. With the holidays approaching and costs continuing to rise, times will become even more difficult for the elderly population.”

Interviews are conducted with recruits and they receive online training before being matched up with an older person. Conversations are conducted by telephone. No contact details are exchanged, only first names are used.