We know that meeting others with alopecia can play a huge part in a child's alopecia journey. Not only can it provide a wealth of peer support and advice, help children feel less alone and understand their feelings are perfectly normal, it also helps reduce anxiety and build confidence. 

When the coronavirus restrictions left us unable to run any of our regular face to face groups or events for young people, we wanted to be able to offer something to them so they could still access some form of support. In 2020 we began to offer online meetings both in the Summer and October school holidays. From feedback received, we know these meetings were of great help and we wanted to build on that and continue to offer them in 2021. For 2021, these meetings are for children with alopecia aged 7-12. 

We know that young people can often feel like they are the only person in the world who looks and feels like they do. Our aims for these online meetings are: 

  • To provide a safe, digital group option for children age 7-12 whilst our face-to-face groups are cancelled.
  • To provide a mixture of fun, engaging and interactive workshops and activities
  • To enable children with alopecia to meet other children with alopecia and create new friendships.
  • To help children with alopecia feel less alone and normalise their alopecia by seeing others with alopecia.
  • To help children with alopecia build their confidence and self-esteem and reduce anxiety by group participation, interaction and relationship building.

Details of how to register to attend these meetings are shared on our children and young person mailing list (which you can sign up to here) and our private Parents Facebook group (which you can find here). 


Types of online meetings

We will facilitate different types of sessions, these will include:

  • Show and Tell sessions
  • Creative workshops
  • Physical activities of some kind.
  • Fun & games sessions (with a wellbeing element).

Every meeting will start with an introduction to the meeting lead and any volunteers/ workshop facilitators we have with us. We’ll go through the aims of the session/ workshop and then ask the children to all say a quick hello and introduce themselves. We’ll then go onto some icebreakers/games to help everyone ease into the meeting and have some fun!

Further details about each type of session can be seen below.

Date Time Activity/Workshop 
Easter
Tuesday 30th  March 6.30pm-7.30pm

Show and Tell Session 

Bring along an item or a story that 'makes you proud' to share with the group.  

Friday 9th April  2.00pm-4.00pm

Animation Workshop with Young Animators Club.

Join our fun and uplifting workshop to help unleash your creative talents! As a group we'll help children talk about their experience of alopecia to others, help children feel less alone and normalise their alopecia and work on building confidence and self-esteem all through the medium of drawing and animation. All children will be provided with a pack with materials they need. 

Thursday 15th April 6.30pm-7.30pm

Fun & Games Session.

Join us for some silly and engaging games in the company of other children with alopecia. We'll also dedicate part of the session to a wellbeing exercise to help us get to know each other and to encourage children to problem solve the challenges they face with alopecia together. 

Half Term
Tuesday 1st June 6.30pm-7.30pm

Fun & Games Session.

Join us for some silly and engaging games in the company of other children with alopecia. We'll also dedicate part of the session to a wellbeing exercise to help us get to know each other and to encourage children to problem solve the challenges they face with alopecia together. 

Thursday 3rd June 11.00am-12.00pm

Street Dance Workshop with Street Style Surgery. 

A high-octane workshop introducing young people to the foundations of street dance! 

Summer 
Thursday 1st July 6.30pm-7.30pm

Fun & Games Session.

Join us for some silly and engaging games in the company of other children with alopecia. We'll also dedicate part of the session to a wellbeing exercise to help us get to know each other and to encourage children to problem solve the challenges they face with alopecia together. 

Saturday 10th July 11.00am-12.15pm

Mindful Drawing Session with Street Style Surgery. 

Have fun and get creative with a range of drawing warmups and exercises. This session will be accessible and enjoyable for anyone regardless of experience but will also help to improve your drawing skills and give you a great head start as an artist.

Tuesday 20th July 6.30pm-7.30pm

Fun & Games Session.

Join us for some silly and engaging games in the company of other children with alopecia. We'll also dedicate part of the session to a wellbeing exercise to help us get to know each other and to encourage children to problem solve the challenges they face with alopecia together. 

Thursday 29th July 11.00am-12.00pm

Movement & Yoga Workshop with Street Style Surgery. 

This yoga workshop will help you to relax your mind and stretch your body. We will learn some fun yoga poses and practice mindful meditations. All you need is a yoga mat, or a carpet will work fine to come and explore an introduction to yoga and movement. 

Thursday 5th August 2.00pm-3.00pm

Fun & Games Session.

Join us for some silly and engaging games in the company of other children with alopecia. We'll also dedicate part of the session to a wellbeing exercise to help us get to know each other and to encourage children to problem solve the challenges they face with alopecia together. 

Thursday 19th August 2.00pm-3.00pm

Show and Tell Session.

Bring along an item or a story that 'makes you feel confident' to share with the group.

Tuesday 24th August 6.30pm-7.30pm

Fun & Games Session.

Join us for some silly and engaging games in the company of other children with alopecia. We'll also dedicate part of the session to a wellbeing exercise to help us get to know each other and to encourage children to problem solve the challenges they face with alopecia together. 

Half Term
Saturday 16th October 11.00am-11.45am 

Mad Hatter's Tea Party with Street Style Surgery.

Come and make music from everyday objects and sounds that we can find all around us from cups and saucers, bottles filled with water, plates, saucepans, spoons and much more to write and perform a brand new piece…the stranger the better!

Tuesday 26th October 6.30pm-7.30pm

Fun & Games Session - Halloween Theme! 

Join us for some silly and engaging games in the company of other children with alopecia. We'll also dedicate part of the session to a wellbeing exercise to help us get to know each other and to encourage children to problem solve the challenges they face with alopecia together. 

Christmas 
Tuesday 14th December 6.30pm-7.30pm

Fun & Games Session - Christmas Theme! 

Join us for some silly and engaging games in the company of other children with alopecia. We'll also dedicate part of the session to a wellbeing exercise to help us get to know each other and to encourage children to problem solve the challenges they face with alopecia together. 

Details of how to register to attend these meetings are shared on our children and young person mailing list (which you can sign up to here) and our private Parents Facebook group (which you can find here).