maryjanell... are you looking at investing in individual stocks? which sector? I would advise much caution at the moment. The stock market has taken a might battering of late, and no sign of it levelling out or going back up. It is very bearish.
I hold many individual stocks... but right now I would not advise what you should invest in, because it is so dangerous. There are some Facebook share groups you could join, I'll find out the links for you.
If you want low-risk take advantage of tax-free options first like ISAs. Next I'd look at long-term bonds offering better rates. Then managed funds with reputable organisations and words like 'recovery' and 'optimal income' in the title, or some kind of FTSE tracker. Those would be a 5 - 10 year investment. 'Can go down as well as up' etc. Finally, I would have something a little more high risk in the mix to offset the very safe savings element. Cash deposit returns are being wiped out by inflation at the moment and without a little risk, you could end up losing out.
Worth talking to an independent financial advisor.