Welcome to the Brighton group!

"I want everyone to know that anyone is welcome to join this group- all types of alopecia, different stages and types of hair loss, men, women, and partners/parents of people with alopecia. In addition, how you use the group is also entirely up to you - no-one is forced to speak if you would rather listen. Some people attend every session, others I might see once a year, and others only attend once to get what they need. All versions of support is absolutely fine, make this group what you want it to be for you!

What happens at the group?

The majority of our support group meetings are held in a private space at the Trendco salon in Hove. Hove train station is nearby (20 minute walk) and a number of bus routes also serve this area.

Throughout the year I try and offer different types of activities for the support group, from support meetings to fun activities such as a Christmas quiz and talks from local professionals. I welcome any suggestions for feedback to make this group as great as it can be. You can find more information about the plans for 2020 below.

Meeting dates:

Date: Time: Location: Extra Meeting Details:
Thursday 23rd April 2020 2-4pm Trendco Hove, 114/116 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1DD Guest speaker
Joanna Rowsell Shand MBE
Saturday 15th August 2020 1-3pm  Social meet, Location TBC
Thursday 20th August 2020 2-4pm Trendco Hove, 114/116 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1DD
Thursday 10th Decemeber 2020 2-4pm Trendco Hove, 114/116 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1DD

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 or young person 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. 
    • For those with children up to the age of 14 please contact the group lead to discuss if the group would be suitable for them. Alternatively please contact the London children support group.

    Contact details:

    Michelle Smith
    Email: [email protected]
    Michelle 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 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.  
    Please be aware that any questions Michelle is unable to answer will be sent on to staff at Alopecia UK.

    Michelle's links with alopecia:

    “I set up the support group when I lost my hair including all body hair, which was over 12 years ago. I first noticed my hair was falling out initially in patches after the birth of my first child, and I lost all of my hair shortly after my second child was born. Like a lot of people living with alopecia, in the beginning, I felt isolated as I didn’t know anyone else with the condition. Often it’s the things we don’t realise are important that become hard when you have lost your hair- there were so many activities that I became scared to try. When I first developed alopecia there wasn’t as much information or support available and I wanted to help others with the same condition or similar. "


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