Great friendships often start as a result of sharing a fun experience or by learning something new together.

Each month, our Branches put on hundreds of local social events and activities for members to come together and enjoy. And because we’ve Branches across the UK, it’s likely you won’t have to travel too far to spend time with like-minded folk.

We also know that many of our members like to give back to their communities – contributing their energy, skill and expertise to improve the lives of others. As a not-for-profit organisation, it’s a mindset we love to share and nurture through our volunteering, fundraising and Society involvement opportunities.

There are many ways in which we can help you to do more, laugh more and meet new people. And with our collective of 309,000 Oddfellows members – there’s every chance that that someone who laughs at exactly the same things as you do is already here and waiting.

Read our top tips to making friends in later life.

Socialising again after losing a partner


We're here for you when you feel ready to socialise again. You may be interested in our first steps page, which contains lots of information that might help prepare you, as well as advice from our members on how they cope.

Find events near to you...

We've 121 Branches across the country, so chances are there's one running events in your area. Why not take the first step and find out what events are of interest?

Social events


From chat-filled coffee mornings, craft sessions and lunch clubs to guest talks, countryside walks and trips out – our local Branches arrange regular events for you to have fun and make new friends in your area. Fancy trying something new? Find events and activities near to you.



We’re not-for-profit and many of our Branches rely on the goodwill, energies and skills of volunteer members to keep things running extra smoothly. This could involve lending a hand with events, making welfare visits or marketing. Could you free up some time to help?

What to expect at an Oddfellows social event

Fancy giving one of our social events a try, but want to know more about what to expect first?

Read our guide



Our members are bonded by a shared desire to help others and they’re always on the lookout for ways in which they can make a difference in their community. If you feel the same, then you’re in good company. Could you help us fundraise?

Be part of our friendlier Society

Life's fuller when it's lived together. If you're looking for a little more friendship from people who care, give your local Oddfellows social group a try. Find your nearest Oddfellows Branch or event.