WE NEED YOU (the world needs you)

The Shelf Help mission is to connect as many people as possible with books, ideas and experts that will inspire them to look at themselves in different, more positive ways and to help them grow into the best versions of themselves.

And then to connect these people with each other.

And to do that we are building an army of inspired and inspiring local Hosts who live all around the world, but who all believe in our mission and the power of self-help.

So if you love reading and self-help and are interested in inspiring people in your area to do the same we want to hear from you.



As a Shelf Help Host you will be joining - and helping us to build - a conscious, kind and curious community.

We can’t guarantee you riches (this is a voluntary position) but we CAN guarantee you a beautiful sense of belonging, the opportunity to develop yourself spiritually, mentally and emotionally, and the chance to make a real difference in people’s lives. Another popular side effect is a new group of brilliant friends, online and offline (our expanding Hosts Community is super supportive and a lot of fun) and the perfect excuse to spend more time reading.

Anybody can start a book club, but being a Shelf Help book club Host requires a certain kind of something, as well as a small level of commitment. So to make sure that we are a good fit with each other please read the meetup guidelines and complete the application form below and we will get back to you soon to discuss.


  • All meetups happen on the last Monday of every other month (except for Bank Holidays)

  • All meetups follow a standard format and discussion prompts provided by Shelf Help HQ (more info on this available at the private Hosts part of the site, accessible once your application has been approved)

  • Hosts are responsible for the meetup venue and also recruiting and managing local members (with promotional support from Shelf Help)

  • Hosts must be able to commit to running a bi-monthly event for a minimum of 6 months

  • There is a one-off fee of £10 (plus P&P) to join as a host, to cover admin costs, and for which you will receive a Shelf Help Starter Kit including: branded flyers to promote your book club locally, branded postcards and bookmarks to give out to your first members and - very important! - a limited edition Shelf Help tote bag to carry all your books

  • Everyone is welcome to our meetups (so long as they RSVP). If you are interested in hosting a private meetup (e.g. at your office or school) then please CONTACT US to talk about licensing

  • Meetups are not intended to take the place of professional counselling or therapy and are informal get togethers hosted by self-help lovers