Ten New ‘Local Support Groups’

Berkshire: Reading http://www.meetup.com/BackCare-Reading/

Cambridgeshire: Cambridge http://www.meetup.com/BackCare-Cambridge-Group/

Dorset: Poole & Bournemouth http://www.meetup.com/BackCare-Poole-Bournemouth-Group/

East Yorkshire: Hull & East Riding http://www.meetup.com/BackCare-Hull-East-Riding/

Essex: Chelmsford http://www.meetup.com/BackCare-Chelmsford-Group/

Hampshire: Southampton http://www.meetup.com/BackCare-Southampton-Group/

Lancashire: Fylde http://www.meetup.com/BackCare-Fylde-Group/

Lothian: Edinburgh http://www.meetup.com/BackCare-Lothian-Group/

West Glamorgan: Swansea http://www.meetup.com/BackCare-Swansea-Group/

Wiltshire: Salisbury http://www.meetup.com/BackCare-Salisbury-Group/

“What is Meetup.com?”

Meetup is an online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world. Meetup allows members to find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as politics, books, games, movies, health, pets, careers or hobbies”.

“Why has BackCare Decided to Join Meetup.com?”

BackCare already has over a dozen local branches, organised and maintained by volunteers to provide group support, health activities and fundraising opportunities in their local areas. However, the branches are not widely publicised.

We have been looking  for a way of bringing the local branches to national prominence – giving them the recognition they deserve as representatives of the charity. We also wanted to help inspire others to start local branches by seeing the sort of activities that are already taking place and how popular they can be with members.

The Meetup platform has more than a decade of experience in helping people to meet up around special interests, and provide a wealth of online tools to make it easier and more powerful. So far, we’ve created ten new ‘Local Support Groups’ to coincide with the locations of existing branches.

“What Will Happen To Existing Branches?”

If you’re an organiser or member of an existing branch, you may be wondering what’s going to happen. Once you’ve taken a look around the Meetup website and visited a few other groups online to see how it works, you may simply decide to transfer everything you’re already doing over to Meetup.

However, we understand that change can be daunting so you may opt to delegate the running of the Meetup group. An existing member may choose to become co-organiser so they can run the Meetup page. Alternatively, since the new Meetup groups have already attracted new members, they may offer to help organise it.

” There’s no local group near me!”

If receive sufficient requests from an unrepresented local area, we can create new local support groups with their own webpages. The address to contact is: groups@backcare.org.uk