How to start your own group

Macmillan can support you every step of the way with starting a self-help and support group. 

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 the information and advice you need to start, and to run a group. The handbook provides advice to groups at different stages, whether you’re starting out or in full bloom. 

Applying for a grant

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 

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 find out more about how Macmillan can help, please contact your local engagement lead.

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.

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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.

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.