West Midlands OCD Support Group

This Group operates as a self-help support group for anyone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and their carers. It is one of the largest and most long-standing independent groups in the country and has network links with major national charities such as OCD Action and OCD-UK.  The Support Group meets each month in Birmingham, though it caters for members from across a wide area, including Derby, Wolverhampton, Gloucester and Solihull. Meetings provide a friendly and welcoming safe space where members can speak openly about their OCD, and can both gain and give support with others in similar situations.  The Group is user-led and run entirely by volunteers.

In October 2023, Allen Lane has awarded a two-year grant of £1,000 per annum. This is towards the running costs of the Group including venue costs and insurance.  Overall the intended benefits for the members of the group include that they have a better understanding of the group and therefore feel more confident; that they are less isolated through meeting others with similar conditions; and that they have improved social lives and better support.