Support & Advice Find a support group Dorset Help wanted - Viv is currently looking for another volunteer in the Dorset area who would be willing to help her with the running of the support group. To find out more please contact [email protected] Meeting dates: Date: Time: Location: TBC Please check back for 2019 dates soon. 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: Vivian AllenPhone: 07813989707Email: [email protected]Vivian has her telephone number advertised and is happy to provide a listening ear via telephone.She is also 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 Vivian is unable to answer will be sent on to staff at Alopecia UK. Vivian's link with alopecia: Vivian first started losing small patches of hair when she was 13 and this continued on and off until her twenties when the alopecia areata progressed and she lost more hair. Now sometimes she has enough hair for a 'hair do' and sometimes she doesn't. Vivian wears a wig if it's cold, if dressing up for work or a night out, but not for sport.From Vivian:"Welcome to Dorset Alopecia Support Group. Sharing with others when we have a common bond can be a source of great strength and inspiration. What I have found helpful along the path to acceptance of my alopecia are friends who will listen and provide support for even for the little things. My name is Vivian, I work as a life coach and counsellor and I hope you will join us for sociable get together 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 Vivian 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.