Hi, my name is Alan and along with the rest of my family I am helping to care for my mum, Ethel. We are trying to maintain a reasonably quality of life for mum, and things are not too bad because she has plenty of family support as well as carers during the day. The problem is, although there are social events we can take her to, she has been to a couple but now refuses to go. She inevitably enjoys it when she gets to these events - but though she is essentially social she is not comfortable making new friends. We are looking for tips on persuading her to go out a couple of times a week (mobility is limited so going for a walk is not really an option - and taking her for a drive out limits contact to us). We would be grateful for any advice on this particular issue - at the moment mum spends most of her time at home. That is her choice, but she would benefit from a social circle. Thank you for your assistance. Kind Regards, Alan.