What is a Self-Reliant Group?
A Self-Reliant Group (SRG) is…
- A group of friends who support each other and meet regularly.
- A group that is independent of funders and doesn’t have to tick anyone else’s boxes.It makes its own decisions.
- A group that shares skills and learns together.
- A group that saves together (small,manageable amounts like £1 per week) and has the potential to become a business.
How we support SRGs
Church Action on Poverty works across Greater Manchester to offer…
- Help to get started: We meet people to discuss their ideas, hopes and dreams – and the best way to get started. The groups run and grow themselves, but we walk with them on the journey while they need us.
- Sharing and signposting: We provide a central point of reference for good ideas, learning and help with common questions raised by groups. We are a sounding board for their ideas, their worries and any barriers they face. A problem shared is a problem halved.
- Links with other SRGs: We include all groups in our network of Self-Reliant Groups, so that each can become part of the SRG movement, make contacts, share experiences, and encourage one another.
- Inspiration from other groups: We work closely with WEvolution, a Scottish charity which has pioneered SRGs in the UK, and with Purple Shoots, a Welsh charity which sets up SRGs in the same way.