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Parent Support Groups

A Support Group is a place for people with common issues  to give and receive both emotional and practical support, a place where people can share information, get confirmation that their feelings aren’t unusual, educate each other, or just let off steam.

If you are considering setting up an ADHD support group there are some questions to ask yourself before you start

  • Do you have the time and energy?
  • Do you have support from family/friends?

Basic steps:

Decide who you want to help

Will you support Families, Adults or both and those with associated conditions such as ASD?

Finance

There will be an initial outlay for advertising/flyers, room hire, refreshments and phone calls. Consider if you can afford that initial outlay or if you will try to source funding before your first meeting. Contact your local council grants officer and volunteer centre for available grants and support.

When the Group is running, will you charge a membership fee? You will need to set up a bank account with at least 2 signatories.

Set up a committee

Choose people who you can work with and who will support your vision. You will need to draw up rules for your group.  

Where will the Group be located?

Consider if you will run the group from your own home or do you have access to premises.

Where will meetings be held?

Look for free venues such as Children’s Centres, or cheap venues such as village halls. Some groups meet in a local pub.

Telephone

People need to be able to contact you, so consider if it is practical use your own number. Also think about whether you will be able to take calls in the evening. It is difficult to tell someone who has rung you in crisis at 7 o’clock in the evening that you need to go and put your children in the bath!

Key Contacts

  • Other local children’s support groups for what is happening locally in education, health and social care
  • Write to local Professionals to ask for their support, such as paediatricians, health visitors or teachers.
  • Your local Volunteer Bureau for information on funding and help with writing bids, constitutions and for free training
  • ADDISS, the national ADHD Charity, for initial and ongoing support and up-to-date information.

Final Word

Running a Support Group can be extremely rewarding, but is also very hard work. Remember to take time out for yourself. Recognise that joining a group isn’t for everyone and that is fine. Be led by what each individual wants or needs and don’t be offended that you may only hear from some people when they are in crisis.

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