The ESTEEM (Effective Support for Self Help/ Mutual aid groups) study

The three-year ESTEEM (Effective Support for Self Help/Mutual aid groups) research began in May 2010. Funded by the Big Lottery, the project is a partnership between Self Help Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Nottingham.

The aim of the study, which was carried out by researchers at Nottingham University and Anglia Ruskin University, was to look at ways practitioners can best support local self help groups.

The research was a tale of two counties – Essex and Nottinghamshire – and examined the relationships between self help groups and health and social care practitioners in these two localities.

Although, throughout the research groups referred to themselves in different ways - support group, mutual aid group etc - we refer to them as self help groups.

We hope the findings of the research will help improve the quality of advice and support being given to self help groups by practitioners. 

The research revealed a number of key findings:

As a result of the findings, we've put together some resources to support practitioners looking to work with groups.