Support & Advice Local Support Groups Essex Children and Teens Welcome to Essex Kids and Teens group. We meet twice a year and welcome children and families affected by alopecia. What happens at the group? In previous years we've done lots of different activities, including a tennis coaching session and a bouncy castle/ fun day. While the kids have fun parents are welcome to chat and have tea and cake. Group dates: The standard group meetings are currently paused. However, Gemma is running events for children up to the age of 12 as part of our National Lottery Community Fund project. You can find details of our upcoming children's events here. Who can attend: This group is designed for any child/young person and their family living with or affected by alopecia from the ages of 16 and under. Please note that children and teens must be accompanied by someone aged 18 or over. Contact details: Gemma HurryEmail: [email protected]Gemma 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 Gemma 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 members 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. Gemma's link with alopecia: "I became a group leader in 2018 after my daughter was diagnosed with Alopecia at the age of 4. I realised that there was very little local support. With the knowledge I gained, and my amazing inspirational daughter, I started the first kids Essex support group for children and teens with alopecia and their families. We can now share our knowledge and support, and learn more from all the others that we meet on this journey." 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.