Support & Advice Support Groups Berkhamsted “Welcome to the Berkhamsted group, we meet six times a year and our groups are a chance to chat with other people who are also affected by alopecia. We hope to see you at a group soon” What happens at the group? It’s a time to meet and have a cuppa and a chat with people who are also affected by alopecia. We do sometimes have people coming in to do a talk on things like eyebrow nano blading and scalp micropigmentation. I also like to ask the group if there are topics they would like to hear about. Group dates: Date: Time: Location: Extra Meeting Details: Sunday 19th January 2020 2-4pm Quaker Meeting House, 289 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 1AJ Sunday 29th March 2020 2-4pm Quaker Meeting House, 289 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 1AJ Sunday 24th May 2020 2-4pm Quaker Meeting House, 289 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 1AJ Sunday 26th July 2020 2-4pm Quaker Meeting House, 289 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 1AJ Sunday 20th September 2020 2-4pm Quaker Meeting House, 289 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 1AJ Sunday 29th November 2020 2-4pm Quaker Meeting House, 289 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 1AJ 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 12 and above. Please note that those age 12-17 must be accompanied by someone age 18 or over. If you have a child under 12 and are looking for support please contact the group to discuss if the meeting would be suitable for them. Alternatively please contact the separate London children support group. Contact details: Carmel TwomeyEmail: [email protected]Carmel 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 Carmel is unable to answer will be sent on to staff at Alopecia UK.Support 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 Carmel's link with alopecia: "I first developed Alopecia in the summer of 2013. It was quite a shock, to say the least. I was diagnosed with Areata Universalis, subsequently losing all my hair very quickly. I lost every hair in my body with the exception of about a third of my eyelashes and a thumbnail size of hair at the front of my head. The prognosis for such severe and rapid hair loss was very poor. I wore wigs for three years, as I was too scared to be seen without one, but I no longer do so. With perseverance and hope, I have managed to regrow my hair by trying lots of treatments until I found the solution to my hair loss. Currently, I do not have a full head of hair, about 75%, but this is still increasing, a work in progress! Having been on quite a journey with Alopecia and as a practising therapist, this experience has helped me to grow both personally and professionally. With a growing interest in the topic of hair loss, I wanted to understand more about what's on offer to patients and so I attended the Berkhamsted Alopecia group, run by Sue Hampton. Sue expressed that she felt it was time to step down from the role of group leader where she has been for almost six years, and asked if I would be interested........here I am! I wish to be of support to people who are currently going through something similar to me, especially as it appears so little help and support is available." 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.