dear Little Jane, I'm pleased that you have contacted this site asking a very good question, because there are so many lonely people who are in exactly the same situation as you are in now, wanting friendship.
Well this friendship can be either in a face to face experience where you can go out and have a cup of coffee, or go shopping, or have friends like communicating to people like who are on this site.
I used to love having friends around to our place when I was still married, rather than going out, but that was my choice, but once depression struck I now communicate mostly with people on the net, meaning here, by phone (texting) or other ways of communication.
I do live a couple of hours from most of my family, and live in a Gippsland town/city where there are people I do see.
By working night shift will restrict your hours just like I go to bed early because of heavy medication, so again this stops me from joining everyone at the clubs etc, but I learnt to accept this, and besides I'm 60 years old, but there are many people who have to also work night-shift and go out for lunch, so what you can do is go to a club like a race club, RSL club where you can just sit down and have a lemonade or whatever and people will come up and talk to you.
There is also the option of going to a shopping centre and just sit down you always tend to meet other people, I realise that you may have to drive there, but all of this depends on how your son is, so can I just wait until I hear back from you, and please I truly mean this, because I know you must be working hard in order to help your son, so some cyber friends could be a good start and then lead onto people with other ideas. L Geoff. x