The community forum is the heart and soul of Rest Less. It’s where our members can come together, connect, and help one another navigate the joys and complexities of life over 50.

But whether you’ve never been on the community forum before or you’re an avid poster, there are probably a few things you didn’t know it could be used for.

To help you make the most of your Rest Less experience, we’ve put together a list of 11 things you can do on the community forum…

1. Customise your profile

If you’re a Rest Less member, then you’ll automatically have a default community profile. But, if you’re keen to get more involved with discussions and build connections with other members, then you might want to customise it.

There are various ways to do this. You can set a profile picture and cover image, choose a user name, and write a short bio that people will see when they visit your profile.

Personalising your profile isn’t only a great way to make yourself recognisable to other Rest Less members, but it gives you the chance to express yourself and let others know a little bit about yourself.

To customise your profile, just visit the community forum and select the ‘Profile’ tab.

2. Introduce yourself to the Rest Less community

If you’re a new member of Rest Less or you’ve simply never used the community forum before, then why not introduce yourself and start getting to know others? To make this simple, there’s an entire group dedicated to new member introductions.

You can introduce yourself in any way you want. You can get creative with it (some people like to include poems or inspiration quotes) or you can simply state the basics.

Typically, members include their name, where they live, any pets they might have, and what their hobbies are. Some even like to post a photo of themselves – but it’s completely up to you!

3. Engage in topics that you’re passionate about

Sometimes it can be difficult to find people that are passionate about the same things that we are. But with the Rest Less community forum, it doesn’t have to be.

The forum has over 30 interest-specific groups, covering subjects like art, music, gardening, food and drink, and many more. In these groups, members come together to discuss these topics, ask questions, and share advice.

So why not have a browse of the different kinds of interest groups available and see if there’s one that you’d like to get involved with?

4. Join a local group

As well as having specific interest groups, the community forum also has groups based on location. These are an excellent way to make new friends in your local area and find out about things to do near where you live.

From Cornwall to Cumbria, and Fife to Fermanagh, we have over 70 different local groups on the community forum for places all over the UK. So wherever you live, they’ll be one for you to become a part of.

5. Meet like-minded people

The Rest Less community forum is a great way to meet new, like-minded people. You’ll find the atmosphere to be warm and inviting, and lots of our members are keen to make connections with new people.

Because Rest Less is a community for over 50s, you’ll know that, at the very least, you’ll have this in common with people. For this reason, you’ll hopefully find that lots of the topics being discussed on the forum are relevant to you.

6. Get advice and support from your fellow Rest Less members

The Rest Less community forum is a safe and non-judgmental space where members go to ask for help, offer advice, and support one another. So if you’re in need of advisement or just a friendly ear, posting on the community is a great way to reach out.

From asking your local group for the name of a good plumber in your area to seeking advice on how to manage your mental health, Rest Less members are always eager to help.

While this can involve people making suggestions and offering tips, at other times, just hearing that someone is going through the same thing as you can be reassuring.

Plus, our customer service team is always on hand to direct community users to relevant Rest Less resources, which may also be able to help.

7. Share and discuss Rest Less articles

From inspiring stories and financial news to health advice and travel guides, there are hundreds of different articles on the Rest Less website and many more are published each week.

Through the community forum, you can share and discuss articles that interest you with your fellow Rest Less members.

On your community feed, you’ll be able to see which articles are being spoken about, as well as read and join in with the conversation. If you’d like to start a discussion about a certain article, then simply make a comment at the bottom and it’ll appear on the Rest Less community feed.

8. Find inspiration on the Rest Less community forum

There’s plenty to help get you inspired on the Rest Less community forum.

On the travel group, you’ll find lots of ideas for places to visit and explore, and on the arts and culture group, you can see what arts and crafts your fellow Rest Less members have been getting stuck into.

You’ll also come across lots of inspiring stories; whether it’s tales of people overcoming adversity, like age discrimination or mental health issues, or people making brave and bold steps, like changing careers in later life.

9. Join the Rest Less book club

Another great thing about the community forum is that it’s home to the Rest Less Book Club. This is a space where you can find book recommendations from other members, share your favourites, and discuss all kinds of literature.

So if you love fiction, non-fiction, or you’re looking to get stuck into reading for the first time, you’ll hopefully find something interesting and helpful here.

10. Direct message other Rest Less members

On the various pages of the community forum, you can get involved with conversations that are open to all Rest Less members.

This often leads to interesting discussions between people with a wide range of viewpoints. But sometimes, you might want to have private chats with the people that you’ve connected with.

If this is the case, then just head on over to the person’s profile and click on the message icon. This will create a private thread where you’ll be able to message each other directly.

11. Contact the Rest Less team for help

If you’re looking for any help or assistance with the community forum or the wider website, then you can reach out to the Rest Less team for support.

To ask a question, just visit the Team Rest Less community profile and send us a direct message.

Whether you need help finding a piece of content, are experiencing trouble with the website, or anything else – our customer service team will always be on hand to answer your queries.

Final thoughts…

Whether you’re a new member or you’ve been part of Rest Less for years, we hope that this article has helped you to learn something about our community forum and how you can use it.

It’s an important part of Rest Less because our main goal is to create a supportive and friendly community of over 50s, who can come together and help each other navigate the complexities of later life – whether that be in relation to work, family, health, or anything else.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that to make sure the community remains a supportive and safe space for all, there are a few things that aren’t tolerated. You can read about the rules here.

If you enjoyed learning more about what you can do on the community forum, then why not check our article; 28 things you can do on Rest Less? Here, you can discover more about how to make the most of our wider website, whether you’re a new member or not.

Do you use the Rest Less community forum? If so, what’s your favourite thing about it? We’d love to hear from you. Join the conversation over on the community forum or leave a comment below.

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