Date: 28th November
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Venue: St George’s Hospital 2.00pm to 4.00pm
- 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.
- 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 o.uk/e/self -help-groups-aw areness-w orkshop-tickets -13574821657