Support & Advice Support Groups Bath, Bristol and Wiltshire "Welcome to the Bath, Bristol and Wiltshire support group. We cover a wide geographical area from North Somerset, across Bristol and Bath and into Wiltshire, so we alternate meetings between Bristol/Bath and Swindon. Members say the best thing about the group is meeting people who know exactly how they feel and understand what they are going through. I hope to see you at a meeting soon." What happens at the group? Meetings are informal and new members are always given the chance to tell us their story, if they want to, or to just listen if they prefer. The Swindon meetings are supported by a Trichologist who gives members free advice and cakes! Bristol/Bath meetings are held in a variety of different locations. Group dates: Date: Time: Location: Extra Meeting Details Saturday 11th September 2021 2.30pm As part of our COVID-19 safety measures, please contact Sally for the location of the meeting. Wig demo Saturday 9th October 2021 2.30pm As part of our COVID-19 safety measures, please contact Sally for the location of the meeting. Saturday 13th November 2021 2.30pm As part of our COVID-19 safety measures, please contact Sally for the location of the meeting. Guest speakers from a local Hair and Trichology Clinic Saturday 11th December 2021 2.30pm As part of our COVID-19 safety measures, please contact Sally for the location of the meeting. Christmas Market and wig demo Saturday 8th January 2022 2.30pm Page Room, Downend Folk House, Bristol, BS16 2RW Saturday 12th February 2022 2.30pm Hair and Trichology Clinic, Chiseldon, Swindon SN4 0NQ Please contact the group lead prior to attending a meeting so they can plan accordingly. Who can attend: This group is designed for any adult living with or affected by alopecia from the ages of 15 and above. Please note that those age 15-17 must be accompanied by someone age 18 or over. If under the age of 14 and looking for your closest support group please see here for a list of our children and teen groups. Contact details: Sally SmithEmail: [email protected] Sally is happy to answer any questions about the group and provide a listening ear at a time arranged by email. Please be aware that any questions Sally is unable to answer will be sent on to staff at Alopecia UK.The group leads are not professional counsellors but people who have personal experiences with alopecia and, along with member of the support group can help to give insight and advice on living and dealing with alopecia on a day to day basis. Please note that our support group leads are volunteers and do this in their spare time, as such please allow up to a week for replies to emails Sally's link with alopecia: Sally first started losing her hair 22 years ago with a small patch that grew back. Gradually over the next 15 years, patches came and went, but hair reduced overall. Then in 2010, her hair stopped growing and the bald patches became greater than ever. In December 2010, a photo taken at a colleagues retirement "do" made her realise that she could no longer cover up the bare patch and she got her first wig. It took 6 months to get her first NHS wig, but in the meantime she struck lucky with a wig consultant in Cardiff who helped her initially and found the "right one" at the first meeting. Sally now has alopecia universalis. If you have any feedback on this support group please consider leaving it here.Alternatively if you have any Suggestions, Comments, Compliments or Complaints for the charity please do so here.