To facilitate the development of thriving, diverse self help groups which reflect the needs of local people and communities and to raise awareness of the benefits of self help;
~ To provide a high quality self help service to individuals, groups and members of the public and act as an intermediary between self help groups and professionals involved in health and social care;
~ To create networking opportunities for those involved in self help; To develop, support and disseminate good practice in service provision, service development and research in self help.
Outreach and Development - support to promote, develop and support local self help groups in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to inform our training and development nationally..
Support to over 300 self help groups locally including cancer, mental health, long term health conditions and life effecting issue groups.
We have over 150 volunteers trained to support people living with cancer and their carers and to develop new peer support groups across Nottinghamshire. This work is funded by Macmillan
We are working with the Deaf Community to develop peer support for people affected by cancer also funded by Macmillan
We develop opportunities to promote and develop new peer support groups for example we are currently working with the construction industry in partnership with the city council to support people with mental health issues into peer groups and we are the host of the Time to Change Hub which is aiming to challenge discrimination and stigma about mental health in Nottingham
We are developing our national training offer for self help groups across the country and support for professionals working in health and social care including social prescribing workforce.