Tips on growing your Support Group

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Tips on growing your Support Group

Tips on growing your Support Group

This is an ongoing series of tips from various Groups across the state. 

The following tips have been submitted by Sandra Elms of Newcastle Support Group.

  • It’s hard to decide what works and what doesn’t. For me, I feel one has to have time, energy, and a passion to do something to help others.
  • A quote I heard once: “I have this disease and I am going to use it to do something good with it”. That sums up for me, but I wouldn’t expect others to feel the same.
  • I think on a general note try and have a Group of like-minded people who all work together well. If everyone does a little bit then the whole lot gets done rather than leaving it all to one person.

Have a few formal meetings throughout the year:

  1. Decide what to do in the year.
  2. How is it going?
  3. How well it went.
  • Think big. I have found people in the community are happy to donate, etc.
  • The Carers group was a very important addition to the Support Group. Carers need caring.
  • Be assertive.
  • If there is a Young Onset group try to link the ‘oldies’ with the ‘young’ ones. We are all in this together.
  • Network as much as possible.
  • Try to apply for grants – you need money to do things to make the Group more interesting and dynamic. (This is, however, hard to do)

These are just a few ideas, but I think group dynamics and how successful they are  depend entirely on the participants who come – and that is not something one has any influence over.

One needs a lot of energy to make them successful.