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. 

SRGs give us the chance to save, learn and grow together... at our own pace... in our own way. In short, SRGs equal freedom.

———— Jayne, Salford