New Self-Help Directory

Self-help is increasingly seen as an important part of recovery and prevention for health conditions. Many voluntary groups working in Hounslow provide support for people who may be newly diagnosed or living with long-term health conditions, and need advice on how to better manage their own health.

In any one borough there won’t be a self-help group for every condition. But there are many national organisations for specific conditions who offer excellent free fact sheets, online information or free telephone advice and counselling lines.

If you or a family member have been diagnosed with a health condition, it can be a real benefit to talk to other people in similar circumstances. Long-term health conditions can also impact on other parts of life such as the ability to work, travel, take part in social activities and maintain self-confidence.

The Hounslow Health and Social Care Self-Help Directory is a resource for local people, their families and carers to find groups that can provide support on different physical and mental health issues. It is also intended as a practical tool for local GPs, GP Practice Managers, Community Nurses, Pharmacists, other NHS professionals, Council staff, Public Health staff and local Care Navigators.

This Directory is an online interactive document. This means we can maintain it as a live document should organisation details change or should new selfhelp groups start up in Hounslow. But if you would like a hard copy to have to hand in your organisation please email

The Directory has been produced by Hounslow Voluntary Sector Support Service (HVSSS) with support from Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). HVSSS provides a range of other health related support, including a Hounslow Health and Social Care Forum, dedicated Health section on our website, monthly E-News to around 1000 local community contacts and advice to local Hounslow groups on applying for funding to run new local health projects.

To see the Self-Help Directory click here