Starting and Managing a Self-Help Group (Part 2)

Welcome to the second part of our series on how to start and manage a Self-Help Group (SHG). If you haven’t already read the first part of this series head on over to this link

1.  Communication

  • Communication is vital to a group’s success – it is the lifeblood.
  • It improves contact between group members.
  • Communication allows members to understand what’s going on.
  • It gives people more opportunity to join in.
  • What affects communication in a self-help group?
    * Size of the group.
    *Financial turnover.
    *The problems facing members.
    *The structure of the group.

2. Meetings

  • The ideal venue for most SHGs when starting is usually the members homes, then rotating.
  • However in the long run, a regular venue adds continuity to the group.
  • Factors to consider when selecting an ideal venue:
    * Public transport accessibility.
    * Toilets.
    * Disabled access.

3. Finance

  • Share the cost of running groups.
  • Do you need a treasurer?
  • Renting a venue.
  • Refreshments.
  • Document printing/photocopying.

4. Publicity/Advertising the group

  • Local newspapers:
    *A feature article.
    * Item in the community announcements/notices column.
  • Posters :
    * What type of group?
    * Where does the group meet?
    * Contact information.
  • Other Sources:
    * Samaritans.
    *Local directories.

Next week we will look at leadership structures in groups. Questions or comments, let us know what you think by contacting us here