IN A year where meeting new people is at the back of people's minds Florence Roney hopes to make it easier with her newest Facebook group.
The Hawkesdale P-12 English teacher has started Newcomers to Warrnambool, a group for new residents to the south-west who are looking to make connections in the place they now call home.
Ms Roney said her own experience of moving from Melbourne to the region back in 2016 was inspiration for creating the group.
"I thought it was a need and when I moved to Warrnambool a few years ago it was challenging to meet new people and make connections," she said.
"Everyone is stuck at home at the moment and it's important to make connections online as they might be meeting in person down the track."
Ms Roney, who is also an admin for the Warrnambool Movie Club and Thought Club, came up with the idea last Sunday and has seen close to 100 members join since.
"There definitely is a desire in the community and it has translated to people joining," she said.
"It's only early days so far but we have lots of people introducing themselves (in the group) and explaining what brings them to Warrnambool, their interests and desires to make connections.
"Acting on those is tricky in lockdowns but hopefully once restrictions ease up and we will be able to meet up, go for coffees, go to the movies or do other stuff."
Ms Roney said anyone from the south-west and Warrnambool could join the group. The group can be found by searching Newcomers to Warrnambool on Facebook.