Here is how you can create your own Facebook group to help you create your own SD Circle of Mutual Support.
Go to your Facebook account:
Click on the search field at the top. Decide what community you want to create your group for – it might be a village, rural area, or a neighbourhood within a city. Search by that name plus “SD Circle of Mutual Support COVID19/ your area name” to see if someone has already started such a group. If so, join it!
If nothing comes up, click the groups tab at the top of the page. If there’s still no group, take a deep breath, connect to your inspiration, and start one!
Go to Create:
In the menu next to your name, choose to create a Group. You’ll see this window pop out.
Choose a name:
Choosing the name below will enable another ‘SD Circle of Mutual Support COVID19’ interested people to find your group and join it. For example, if the name of your community is ‘London’ then you might consider the naming it ‘SD Circle of Mutual Support COVID19/ London’
You need to add at least one friend to the group before you can create it. If you don’t, you’ll get an error message. So start by adding your friends and relatives that live in your local community.
Choose Privacy Settings:
We highly recommend you to make the group Open as this will make it easier for people to join and share content. See below for the differences.
Yay! You’ve started a SD Circle of Mutual Support group. Now only a few more things to make this group pop …
Add a cover image/banner:
Use an image that represents your local community.
Complete ‘About’ Section:
This is really important as it sets out both the purpose of the group and the basic rules of engagement. Here’s some suggested text:
Choose to trust: we may be strangers, but we can choose to trust that we’re coming from a good place, and only withdraw that trust if we have good reason to. It makes a huge difference to how we approach each other.
Gratitude is the attitude: appreciating what everyone contributes can make a huge difference to bringing out the best in all of us.
Eyes on the prize: it’s easy to get distracted or sidelined by little differences or debates – let’s keep focused on the goals we share and the work we’re doing.
Kindness and respect: after one kind warning, we will ask people who are struggling with anger or disrespect to leave the group.”
Edit group settings:
Edit group settings: You do this by clicking on the ‘More’ tab and then clicking ‘Edit Group Settings’. Here you’ll have more options on how you want to handle your group, from how can people join to who has the right to share content.
We recommend setting your location so more people can find you as well as adding some keywords such as: Coronavirus, Support, Community.
Register your group with us:
Start posting content:
Choose some great content to kick off your group. You might write a personal post about why you are doing this, or share something particularly inspiring you’ve seen. Be open, share your wisdom, and watch the magic of human connection happen!
Here are a few articles and videos we have curated to help you get started:
- Eg 1: Coronavirus: Postcard bid to help self-isolating neighbours (BBC)
- Eg 2: Coronavirus: eight ways to be kind to your neighbours – and yourself (Red Cross UK)
Spread the word:
If you’re part of other local FB groups, tell them about the group and invite them to join. Share it to your Facebook page, and consider messaging friends and family in your area directly. Be patient – communities take time to grow. If you’re interested in how to make communities prosper, we highly recommend you checking the resources on this website.
And that’s it – congratulations! You’ve just taken an important step in leadership at a time the world needs it more than ever.