Start your own group
Self help and support groups are a great way of bringing people together and offering mutual support. If you're thinking of starting your own support group, Macmillan can help with advice, training and start-up grants.
Receiving a grant from Macmillan can help to relieve some of the financial pressure of setting up a self-help and support group.
You can apply for up a Supporting You to Help Others grant to help with start up costs for your group. You can also apply for a grant to extend your reach or develop your members.
Find out more about the Supporting You to Help Others grant and how to apply.
Training and workshops
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I could never adequately describe the benefits a support groups gives to patients, carers and professionals alike. A friendly, informal, supportive atmosphere really helps to boost confidence, provide insight and establish long-lasting friendships for all involved.
Brooke Quinteros, Macmillan speech and language therapist, who started a support group for people with head and neck cancer 11 years ago
We aim to bring people together to share experiences and to help them obtain practical and emotional support.
All workshops are free to attend and members of self help and support groups can also apply for a Training and development costs grant to cover any associated costs.
For a full list of courses and course dates, visit our teaching resource website Learn Zone.
To request a Training and Development grant application pack, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7840 4936.
Self Help Nottingham
Self Help Nottingham's website includes links to other sources of information about self help groups, including their Starting off pack, with information and ideas for new groups, Find out more on their website .
Start a group and Macmillan can support you every step of the way. If you want to know more about running a group, the first thing you should do is order our free Handbook for self help and support groups
You’ll find information and advice you need to start and run a group. The handbook provides advice to groups at different stages, whether you’re starting out or in full bloom. We hope you find everything you need to start sowing the seeds of a successful group.