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Date: 28th November
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Venue: St George’s Hospital 2.00pm to 4.00pm



Find out:

  • How self help groups can help your service users and patients.
  • Why people join groups, how they benefit and what happens in groups.
  • Learn about signposting to groups and how you can support groups

What is a self help group?
A self help group is where people who share similar experiences can come together to support each other.

Why do people join groups?

Everybody who goes to a self help group has their own story however, there are common reasons why people go to groups:

  • Connecting with others who can relate to their situation.
  • Information.
  • Support.
  • New ideas and coping strategies.
  • An end to isolation and a reduction in anxiety.
  • Hope and inspiration from people who are coping.


What do people gain?

Participants cite lots of benefits from getting involved with self help groups including:

  • Gaining a better understanding of their condition.
  • Learning new coping skills.
  • Raised self esteem and confidence.
  • Reduced feelings of isolation, fear and anxiety.
  • Gaining hope and inspiration from others.
  • Feeling more in control.


Why work with groups?

Self help groups can complement the care you offer and support you in your role. The benefits of working with groups include:

  • Being part of a group improves the health and well being of your patient or service user.
  • Group members are likely to use fewer health and social care services and use services more appropriately.
  • Attending a group can help to increase positive health and lifestyle behaviours.
  • Reciprocal learning, working with groups can boost your professional development.
  • Groups can help you to communicate key health and wellbeing messages.
  • They provide access to people who can help define services.


To book a place at the Self Help Groups Awareness Workshop please visit: http://www .eventbrite.c -help-groups-aw areness-w orkshop-tickets -13574821657