Self Help UK


Outreach and Development for Self Help Groups

Outreach and Development Group Support Services

 
The impact of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) is being felt by us all. Self Help groups are a lifeline for many people and it is important that your presence is still felt. We want to be able to support you as much as possible during these uncertain times and help you to protect yourselves and your members.

We will be regularly updating this page with useful useful information which will be of particular interest to groups. You will also find useful information on our Coronavirus Update (COVID-19) Page Click Here and throughout this website, so please do take the time to browse.

Click here to go to our page: How-to For Online Groups 

 

SHUK Key Members Group

For anyone who is supporting the running of an online or face to face self help group. The aim of this group is to provide support, information and advice to each other and to share the great work you are all doing. It is an opportunity to ask questions, gain advice for challenges you may face and share tips for sessions that have worked for you. There will also be up to date funding opportunities posted as well as any events or training that may be useful.

Click here to go to the Self Help UK Key Members Group or search FaceBook for: Self Help UK Key Members Group


Outreach and Development contacts:
Martha Highton- 07903 850 987 martha.highton@selfhelp.org.uk
Linda Stone- 07854 517 638 linda.stone@selfhelp.org.uk

Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 May 2020

Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. For one week each May, there is a campaign, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme is kindness. For further information: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Self Help UK is the leading specialist organisation in promoting, supporting and encouraging Self Help Groups, both locally in Nottinghamshire and nationwide. Self Help groups enable people to take better control of their circumstances or conditions, gain strength and support from others, and improve their self-care.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, Self Help UK will be looking at different aspects of ‘kindness’ throughout the week online with a particular focus on looking after yourself and supporting others during these difficult times of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Kindness can mean:  

  • the kindness of others
  • being kind to others
  • being kind to animals
  • being kind to ourselves.

We invite you to join in online via social media (Twitter @SelfHelpTeam - FaceBook @SelfHelpUK) to tell us about your acts of kindness Some examples include:

  • Host a Zoom / WhatsApp /Skype virtual coffee meeting with your self-help group or friends
  • Call someone in your self-help group to check how they’re doing
  • Call a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while
  • Call someone you know who is going through a tough time
  • Have a (Socially distanced!) chat with a neighbour
  • Praise someone for something they’ve done well
  • Offer to walk someone’s dog
  • Support someone with shopping
  • Join in with the appreciation clap on Thursday evening for the NHS and key workers
  • Become a volunteer
  • Ways you can be kind to yourself.
  • Has someone done something kind for you?
  • Now tell us about your ideas…!

Reflecting on acts of kindness can improve our mental health in the following ways:

  • To make us feel good
  • Bring a sense of belonging and help to reduce social isolation
  • Help to reduce stress and anxiety
  • Help to get rid of negative feelings

Tell us about your act of kindness or send us a photo or short video to nic.lancashire@selfhelp.org.uk We’d love to hear from you!

Further resources for looking after yourself below

Click here to download: Improving Your Sleep .pdf

Click here to download: Improving Your Sleep PowerPoint Presentation

New fund launches to support BAME organisations during coronavirus crisis

A new fund has launched with the aim of tackling the impact of the pandemic on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and organisations. The Resourcing Racial Justice Fund will open for applications on 18 May and organisations will be able to apply for grants between £5,000 and £50,000.

Click here to visit the Civil Society News Webpage for more information

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Some useful tips for staying connected with your groups during the current situation and self isolating due to Coronavirus / COVID-19 

Follow the links below for instructions on using WhatsApp and Zoom

Click here for instructions on how to use WhatsApp

Click here for instructions on how to use Zoom

Click here for instructions on how to set up a FaceBook Group

 

Telephone trees
 
 A phone tree is an easy and efficient method to contact to your group.

Select someone in your group to be the coordinator.

The size of your group will determine how many people each person calls. But, for example, the coordinator might be responsible for phoning three people each week. Those three people will be responsible for phoning three more people, who in turn might each phone three more people, etc., until everyone in your group is contacted.

The coordinator should be responsible for initiating the phone tree and reminding the others who they need to ring.

 
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Disability Support are offering help to people who are self-isolating and offering a route for volunteers to help people who are self-isolating:

Are you self-isolating and need help?  Call 0115 9785095.

Want to help people who are self-isolating?  Then register as a volunteer with Disability Support, call 0115 9785095.

See the video below where Outreach and Development Worker Martha Highton talks about: Anxiety in Lock-down

Watch this video - on YouTube