How we support your group

If you’re thinking about setting up a new support group, or if you’re already involved in a group and would like to develop it, our Macmillan Engagement Leads are here to help you. 

They can help you understand what support already exists in your local area, and talk through your ideas to help you develop them. Macmillan Engagement Leads have access to a variety of resources which can help with setting up new groups, or developing existing ones. These include advice, guidance, training, grants and resources.

Who to contact for more advice 

Find your Macmillan Engagement Lead. Your Engagement lead will talk through your ideas, and find the best way we can support you. Engagement leads cover England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and work with groups of people living with cancer and with organisations or professionals who work in partnership with people living with cancer. 

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.