How to Start and Maintain a Self-Help Group
There are many right ways to form a self-help group. This publication contains basic tools that have worked well for many new groups.
This guide has been created by The Self-Help Resource Centre of Greater Toronto. They seek to increase awareness about self-help/mutual aid in the community and among helping professionals, and to facilitate the growth and development of self-help groups, networks and resources.
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The term self-help group refers to more than two people who come together to deal with a shared concern or problem. Such groups exist all over the world; they are sometimes called mutual aid or support groups. These groups are run by and for the members, "experts" themselves.
Contents of this guide:
- What is a self-help group?
- How do they work?
- Do I need special training?
- Where do I begin?
- Organizing The Group
- Making it Work
- Reviewing and Changing as You Grow
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