The National Self-Harm Network relies on volunteers to carry out most of its work. At present, the Co-ordinating Group consists of only 5 committed volunteers which means the workload can sometimes be overwhelming and it takes us longer to reply to mail, etc. than we would like.
We appreciate that there can be many factors affecting people's willingness to volunteer or limiting the time they can give. We aslo appreciate that it can be very daunting taking on a new project and meeting new people. We do not want to come across as pushy, but without more help, the future of the Network is uncertain as there's only so much that 5 people can do.
There are many ways you can get involved with the NSHN and even the smallest jobs that people can do would be greatly appreciated. We would most welcome more interest in the Co-ordinating group. CG meetings are held monthly in a central location in Nottingham. We pay travel expenses and would be prepared to meet people at the train station if required. We would also welcome help in responding to the vast amounts of mail we receive, although we realise this is difficult to do when people do not live locally to Nottingham but it's something you could become involved in if you were to join the Co-ordinating Group.
We also need help advertising the NSHN and this can be done easily from anywhere in the country by the distribution of leaflets and posters in local Health Centres and Accident and Emergency Departments. (Copies of our poster can be downloaded here or requested from us by writing to us.