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Support Group training

The Nuts and Bolts of Running a Support Group

This project is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. However, the Big Lottery Fund expires towards the end of March 2015 so book courses now.

Who is this course suitable for?
Those who are either already running, or helping to run, a local stoma patient support group, or are looking to set up a support group. Please note, to ensure diversity of discussion on the day we suggest a limit of 2 attendees from any one group. Additional handouts can be made available for distribution within your group. 

What are the outcomes?
•    Learn how to promote your group effectively, making use of the internet and 'on the ground' advertising
•    Discover the ingredients of a good group meeting
•    Learn how to handle issues such as conflict and bereavement within the group
•    Ascertain the most appropriate methods of establishing financial security for your group
•    Learn how to ensure you have adequate support at organizer level
•    Develop practical skills to help you manage the administration of your group, including data protection considerations

How long does it take?
One day (10am-4pm).

Where does it take place?

Upcoming venues include: 

- Derby - Fri 7th Nov

- York (tbc)

- Plymouth (tbc)

- Leicester (tbc)

- High Wycombe (tbc)

-Guildford (tbc)

Other dates in venues across the UK added regularly, please contact us if you are interested and there isn't a venue near you listed yet. For those who are unable to make it to one of our dates we are able to offer remote delivery of this course via Skype group conference calls. If you are interested in this method of training please contact us for more information.

If you have specific queries or concerns regarding your group and would like to talk them through with us, you don't have to wait until you can attend a course, please feel free to call us on 0118 324 0069 or email

What will it cost?
We have received funding to provide this course free of charge to attendees. A £25 deposit is payable to secure your booking. This should be paid by cheque at the time of booking (payable to ‘Ostomy Lifestyle’), it will not be cashed and will be returned to you on the day of the training. If you fail to attend, without prior notice, we reserve the right to cash the cheque. 

Lunch and refreshments are provided. All we ask in return is feedback from you about what you thought of the course!

What should I do next?

Download a booking form here

Call Helen Bracey on 0118 324 0069, or email for more information.