Support & Advice Find a support group Bath, Bristol and Wiltshire Meeting dates: Date Time Location Saturday 10th November 2018 2.00 - 4.00pm Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, Bristol, BS16 2RW Saturday 8th December 2018 2.00pm To coincide with the Bath Christmas Markets Who can attend: Those with all types of alopecia age 14 and over (male and female) Friends/Partners of those with all types of alopecia (accompanying someone with alopecia) Parents of children with all types of alopecia Please note that those age 14-17 must be accompanied by someone age 18 or over. This group is not suitable for those under 14. If you have a child under 14 and are looking for support please do still contact the group lead so that they can keep your details for any future developments of the group or try and put you in touch with others in the area. Contact details: SallyPhone: 07986151312Email: [email protected] Sally has her telephone number advertised and is happy to provide a listening ear via telephone after 6pm weekdays or after 10am at weekends.She is also is happy to receive support questions from those in her local area and will answer to the best of her ability based on her own knowledge and experiences. Please be aware that any questions Sally is unable to answer will be sent on to staff at Alopecia UK 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.From Sally:"Welcome to the Bath, Bristol and Wiltshire support group. We were formed in 2012, and I took over as group coordinator in 2014. 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. 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 locations including member's homes. 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."Need Advice or Support Outside of the Group Meetings?The main role of support group leads is to facilitate, and answer questions about, the group meetings. Some may offer additional support and you can see what is on offer from Sally in her contact details.Please note that all of 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. The majority of group leads are not trained health professionals and will be helping from the standpoint of being someone who is affected by alopecia themselves and wanting to reach out and help others.You can always contact Alopecia UK head office direct during office hours should you have any queries that need a more urgent response.Suggestions, Comments, Compliments, Complaints?If you have any 'Suggestions, Comments, Compliments or Complaints' about any of the Support Groups listed on the Alopecia UK website then you can let us know by clicking here. Feedback is always appreciated. The information will be used by Alopecia UK to to help us understand what works and what doesn't in order that we can support and advise group leads more effectively and develop the Alopecia UK support group network.