Ahh it seems someone beat me to it,
Do you do any sports or outside activities? I found that to be one of the best ways to meet new people and make good friends. For example I joined a rifle club a few years back, now after all this time I have gotten to know people all around the country competing and have new goals for myself as a result of going somewhere in the sport. Never imagined I would in the first place.
The people you meet in clubs etc can be amazing, I've met many who are generally out there to be good blokes/gals who just want to be friendly and/or help out.
Happiest part of my week is going to training at my club.
If you try this out, then good luck