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Self Help

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Introducing Self Help UK

Self Help UK is a unique organisation which helps create, support and promote self help groups.

 Self Help UK

We have more than 30 years of experience in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, with an enviable reputation for helping people to start and grow self help groups to improve their health and wellbeing. We also bridge the gap between these groups and health and social care professionals.

Building on the successful model we have developed during our 30 years in Nottinghamshire, we were asked by the Department of Health to use our knowledge and expertise to support other areas of the UK. While our work in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire remains a beacon of best practice, our national arm - Self Help UK - now fulfils contracts in different locations in the UK.

Over the last few years, we have successfully supported Shropshire, Telford, Worcestershire and Stoke-on-Trent to systemise their approach to their local self help group sector. We are currently working with partner agencies in Leicestershire and London to help them achieve the same goal.

More information about how Self Help UK can support the development of self help groups in your area.


Who we are...

Self Help UK is a unique organisation which helps create, support and promote self help groups. We have more than 30 years of experience in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, with an enviable reputation for helping people to start and grow self help groups to improve their health and wellbeing. We also bridge the gap between these groups and health and social care professionals.

The model of support practiced in Nottinghamshire is the benchmark for a thriving self help community. Here, we aim to innovate and look at new ways to create, support and promote groups to enhance our national offer. This enables us to:

Create

We have created an environment where self help groups can thrive. Our extensive range of services help new groups start up and enable existing groups to develop and grow. These services include free publicity materials and meeting rooms for groups in their first year.

Support

We operate a comprehensive and professional information service, with telephone, email, website and printed directory listing all the groups and support agencies in Nottinghamshire. Our quarterly newsletter keeps groups up-to-date with the latest self help news, and we run a range of training courses including: a social media surgery; dealing with the media; applying for funding; presentation skills; assertiveness training and more. We also hold regular group networking days.

Promote

We offer support to new and developing groups including a promotional package which incorporates posters, newsletter features, flyers, and other materials. We also promote the benefits of self help groups to health and social care professionals through bespoke training and regular communications.

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