Support & Advice Support Groups Berkshire Teens What happens at the groups? We try and make our meetings fun and appealing to teens! We are led by what the young people want to do. Over the last two years we have had pizza parties, gone ice skating and snow tubing. Group dates: Date: Time: Location: Extra Meeting Details: TBC Please contact the group lead prior to attending a meeting so they can plan accordingly. Who can attend: This group is designed for any young person and their families 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 your child is under the age of 12 please feel free to still contact the group to discuss if the meeting would be appropriate for their age group. Contact details: Sheila (and Amaliah) Knight / Clare Meldrum Email: [email protected]Sheila and Claire are 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 Sheila and Claire are 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 Sheila and Clare's links with alopecia: From Sheila:Sheila's daughter, Amaliah, has Alopecia Universalis. Amaliah has had alopecia areata for nine years, since she was five years old. Three years ago this developed in to alopecia universalis. Sheila says, "Although I will be running the group my daughter will be taking more of the charge roll. We have both grown in understanding alopecia and already talk to other parents and newly diagnosed young people and feel we have a lot to offer". From Amaliah:Hi I'm Amaliah and I have had Alopecia Areata on and off for 10 years and at one point I had Alopecia Universalis. Mum lovely mum does all the paperwork and running around for the support group I turn up and run it! From Clare:Clare's daughter has alopecia. Clare says, "When my daughter first developed alopecia, we tried to support her as much as possible but she found it very difficult to come to terms with her hair loss. The turning point for her was when she attended the Alopecia UK event at Alton Towers and was able to spend time with other young people who were going through the same experiences as her. This group will allow teenagers to meet regularly and talk about the things that matter to them. 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.