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Setting up a new group

We are rapidly growing the number of groups that we have around the country, meaning that more people are within travelling distance of a meeting.

If you are interested in setting up a new group, it is not an easy task but we will support you every step of the way with help from our support team and from others who have been through the journey themselves.

To set up a new group you will need to consider:

  • Who will facilitate the group with you? Each group is ran by a team of 3, each volunteer must have been bereaved by suicide themselves, not less than 2 years previously.
  • Where will you hold the group? You will need to find premises which are safe, welcoming and accessible
  • How will you make people aware of your group? Contacts with local health teams, GPs, coroners and funeral directors are a great place to start, as is publicity in local media
  • How will you raise funds to cover the basic running costs of your group such as rent, postage? ere are lots of ways you can raise money and awareness of your group at the same time and the national office will issue guidance and support around this.
  • It can take a while for a group to get up and running – but it is very rewarding and it will become easier once you are more established and well known in your community.
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