Welcome to Really Helpful Club

The Really Helpful Club is a thriving digital and offline community for positive, like-minded people to support and connect with one another in your personal and business lives. This unique network is all about sharing great ideas and reliable recommendations and is full of helpful information and contacts.

We bring our members together at all levels from helping you to find trusted solutions in your daily lives to connecting you to life-changing opportunities. Community membership is free and, with over 15,000 members, our vibrant and growing community is buzzing.

We hold regular events, talks, and workshops, with the common aim of educating, inspiring, and providing high value, relevant content to our members. Our events are supported by world-leading experts and influential, inspirational people.  They cover all aspects of life, from mental and physical health and wellbeing, parenting and intergenerational planning to career and financial advice to enable members to expand their network, develop their skills and grow their confidence.

As well as the events, Really Helpful Club members benefit from access to a large trusted business and service Directory, curated with very high standards. Hundreds of discussions take place in its secure online forums. Members can access insightful articles, enjoy special offers and find exciting roles in the new Job Board.

We support a number of charities.  We are very proud to have raised over £250,000 for charities, including NSPCC Childline with the biennial Family Ball and the annual Dragonboat Race.

As a result of the successful events programme, the Really Helpful Club has been invited to deliver bespoke programmes of talks and workshops to FTSE 100 companies, schools and other corporate and educational organisations.


Our Team

After studying Classics and Modern Languages at Oxford, Sarah spent 10 years in the City and was a Senior Director and Investment Manager at Barings.

Sarah left the City when she started her family and took an extended career break.  She lives in Wimbledon with her husband and two children.

Sarah founded Really Helpful Club in 2014 and is passionate about empowering women, helping and connecting people, and making a positive impact on our lives.

Sarah Austin - Founder and CEO


Caroline studied Law at Cambridge and spent 10 years practising as a barrister.  She lives in Kingston with her husband and 3 adult sons.  Caroline creates and runs all of our events as well as being a magistrate.  Caroline is a real people person, so running our events is the perfect role for her.

We organize a wide range of lifestyle, business and charity events.  Our events bring to life what we're doing online and help our members to connect with one another and learn and discover something new.

Caroline Edwards - Events Director


Francesca and Rowan attended our Back to Business conference in 2019, both looking for inspiration in taking the next steps in their career. Francesca worked in senior PR roles in global companies and had, after taking a break to raise her children, moved into not-for-profit work and built a property portfolio. Rowan started out in search recruitment, then moved into PR, working for Coca-Cola.  After taking time out to raise her family, she joined her husband’s property business and then set up her own. After selling the company, she was looking to move back into PR once again.

Attending the conference gave Francesca and Rowan the kickstart they needed, and they formed their own PR consultancy. Wanting to share the support and experience they received from RHC with others, they have joined the team to develop the community in their home area of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.

Francesca Ashby-Rudd and Rowan Gerrard - Really Helpful Club Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire