How we support your group

Our grants, resources and training courses are here to help with running self help and support groups. 

We offer:

  • Supporting You to Help others grant to help start and develop a group
  • Training to help your group develop and to make positive changes to it
  • Free and downloadable resources to help those who are setting up or running a group with a range of issues, from promoting a group, to legal issues.

Who to contact for more advice 

Macmillan's Involvement Coordinators can provide advice, information, support and training and tell you how to apply for grants to help develop your group. Find your local coordinator here.

What can I get a grant for?

A Supporting You to Help others grant can cover:

  • Start up costs for a self-help and support group
  • Development applications e.g. for groups to expand and extend their reach for both self- help and support, and user involvement
  • Combined applications for those that include self-help and support, and user involvement.

Who can apply for a grant?

Those who can apply for a Supporting You to Help others grant include:

  • People affected by cancer in groups or individually
  • Other groups, such as voluntary organisations, community interest companies, community groups, social enterprises
  • Health and social care staff, information and support staff in partnership with people affected by cancer.

Where can I get advice about grants?

Deadlines for applying for a grant

We strongly recommend you contact your local Macmillan Involvement Coordinator (MIC) at the earliest opportunity to discuss your application. Find your nearest MIC.

Your MIC may not be able to respond immediately therefore please allow plenty of time before the application deadline date:

Submission deadline

Grant panel meetingDecisions issued
Round one13th March 201528th April 20151st May 2015
Round two   15th May 2015 30th June 20153rd July 2015
Round three24th July 201522nd Sep 201525th Sep 2015
Round four16th Oct 20151st Dec 20154th Dec 2015

Contact our Inclusion team on 020 7840 4936 or to request a copy of the grants guidelines or download them.

What kind of training and courses are on offer?

Macmillan offers a number of training opportunities to help you and your group develop and make positive changes. We aim to bring people together to share experiences and to help them obtain practical and emotional support.

All workshops are free to attend. For a full list of courses and course dates, visit our teaching resource website LearnZone or email

Handbook for self-help and support groups

This brand new resource is designed for anyone who is setting up or running a support group. It covers everything from forming a committee to promoting your group – and it also includes lots of handy information about legal issues, money matters and training opportunities. This handbook replaces the previous Good Practice Guidelines.

Download the handbook here, or order your free copy from be.Macmillan.

Order free resources, leaflets, posters and flyers

Did you know you can order all of our resources, publications and leaflets for free from be.Macmillan? You can also create posters, flyers and other materials to help advertise your group. Visit be.Macmillan to find out more.

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What to expect from a group

Cancer support groups give you the chance to talk to others who can understand what you are going through.

How to start your own group

Self help and support groups bring people together to offer mutual support. If you're thinking of starting your own support group, Macmillan can help with advice, training and start-up grants.

Find groups near you

Macmillan supports more than 900 independent cancer support groups and organisations across the UK. If you need to talk about your cancer experience, you can find one near you.