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 http://www.alfredpolo.com/starting-and-managing-a-self-help-group-part-1/
- 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.
*The problems facing members.
*The structure of the group.
- 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.
* Disabled access.
- Share the cost of running groups.
- Do you need a treasurer?
- Renting a venue.
- 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:
Next week we will look at leadership structures in groups. Questions or comments, let us know what you think by contacting us here http://www.alfredpolo.com/contact/