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Facebook groups and pages to follow

14th October 2016

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

Facebook groups and pages are one of the main reasons why Facebook has become a social media phenomenon in the 21st Century. The diversity that can be found when searching on the platform, from Star Wars fan pages to local knitting groups near you, grows day by day. If you are searching for like-minded people to share your passions and hobbies with, or to find a new and exciting interest, then Facebook is the place to go.

Following the success of our Setting up Facebook for older people article, we have created a list of some of the most popular, intriguing and interesting Facebook groups and pages for you to follow. 

Groups

It is useful to know that groups on Facebook can be either public or private. Public groups will allow you to join in automatically without permission from the group admin, whereas private groups will require you to ask for permission to join. The reason for this may be because semi-confidential information might be posted within the group, or because the admin doesn’t want everyone and anyone to join in on the discussions. So don’t be put off by requesting permission to join, you’ll never know until you ask!

Depending on what you would like to uncover in the world of Facebook, whether it be a Thai Chi class near you, or an online book club that takes your fancy, just like all the other pages you may want to join, you can find them all in the search bar at the top of your homepage.

Marketplace on Facebook

Buy and sell groups on Facebook, also known as Marketplace, are a fantastic way to either de-clutter or add to your wardrobes, garages or living space. A new feature on Facebook is a specific buy and sell group icon that has been added to everyone’s profiles, making your buy and sell experience easier for both parties.

The page icon is located on the left hand panel on your desktop and at the bottom of the app on your smartphone, indicated by a market stall graphic. 

Once on the page, you will be able to see all of the buy and sell pages near you and including suggested pages and groups for you to join, without requesting permission. We do advise however, that you never share your personal information and home address to anyone you do not know. If you are buying or selling any item/s make sure you are in an open space with people able to see you for your own safety. 

Pages

Facebook pages are the quickest and most effective way to get updates on international news, current affairs and charities that may hold a special place in your heart. As well as this, you can also follow the latest showbiz and celebrity gossip, or sneak peaks of your favourite soap or TV programme. The list is endless when it comes to pages to follow and enjoy on Facebook from the comfort of your very own stairlift

Your favourite news channel 

Whether you regularly tune into the BBC, ITV, Sky News or your local TV news broadcaster, you will be sure to find their Facebook page. Here, you will be one of the first to see news as it happens, as well as charity events and competitions associated with the news channel. 

Cooking and food 

There are so many excellent cooking and food pages to follow on Facebook. Jamie Oliver updates his page frequently with videos and simple recipes throughout the week. If you are a fan of the many thousands of recipes from BBC Good Food, then you’ll be in for a treat when you look over their page!

If you are wanting to try your hand at a cookery class near you, simply type in ‘cookery courses’ in the search bar on Facebook and you’ll find so many to choose from. Whether it be Tuscan cooking or cake decorating courses, there is information on prices and locations and contact information on the page itself. 

Arts and crafts 

There is nothing better than getting together with your friends and taking inspiration from arts and crafts pages on Facebook and finding new and exciting ways to express your passion for your particular hobby.

Knitting Club has many followers, all celebrating and highlighting their favourite crafts, designs and inventions with fellow Facebookers. You will be able discuss your questions and find answers to the trickiest knitting patterns, with helpful videos and step-by-step guides.

Alternatively, if you are a fan of the world of crochet, then ‘liking’ The Crochet Crowd is a must. The page is all about “crocheteres who share ideas, pictures and projects online.” There are also many Youtube videos that have been linked to the Facebook page providing free patterns, projects and video tutorials.

Famous people and celebrities 

Just like your favourite TV shows and programmes, nearly every celebrity or famous person in the world has a Facebook page you can follow to keep up with them and what they are up to. Whether it be your favourite actor, musician or band, simply type in their name into the search bar and their official page (symbolised by a blue tick at the side of their name) will be at the top of the results.