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Self Help Connect UK
supporting self help groups

About us

Self Help Connect UK is the national division of Self Help Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, a unique organisation which helps create, support and promote self help groups.


We have more than 30 years of experience in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, with an enviable reputation for helping people to start and grow self help groups to improve their health and wellbeing. We also bridge the gap between these groups and health and social care professionals.


Self Help Connect UK aims to support other areas of the UK and help them create the kind of sustainable and thriving self help community that already exists in Nottinghamshire.

Self help groups and why they work

Figures recently cited by Health Minister Jeremy Hunt (May 2013) revealed that one in four of the population has a long-term condition. Within the next few years, three million people will have three long-term conditions. With this in mind,  there’s no doubt that we are going to have to think creatively about the solution


We believe, and its a belief held by the thousands of people who are active in the self help community here and backed up by relevant research, that particpation in groups can considerably improve people's health and social well-being. In doing so it has a positive impact on health and social care services.


For the participants themselves, groups are a lifeline. People cite many reasons why they get involved but the most common are:

Accessing relevant information

Feeling empowered to take an active role in their own health

Increased self confidence and self-esteem

Opportunities to give as well as receive help

Learning new practical ways of managing problems

Gaining inspiration and support from others' experiences

Feeling more in control and less isolated and alone

Opportunities to increase social circle

Opportunities to develop new skills

Feeling less stressed, anxious or fearful

Info & Tips

We’ve put together some tips for people looking to start groups, looking for a group and running a group, from both an individual perspective and from a practitioner perspective.


To see the range of issues self help groups can cover, take a look at our Nottingham and Notinghamshire A-Z Listing of Groups.


The benefits of self help groups depend very much on your relationship with them.

Follow the links below to find out how a self help group might benefit you:

Self help groups and individuals

Self help groups and practitioners

Self help groups and commissioners

See more about the philosophy of self help groups.


Finding Us

Self Help Nottingham
Ormiston House