Support & Advice Find a support group Essex Children Meeting dates: Date: Time: Location: Saturday 22nd September 2018 1.00 - 3.00pm Hullbridge Community Centre, Pooles Lane, Hullbridge, Essex, SS5 6PA Meeting Details: Saturday 22nd September 2018 - First meeting! The first Essex kids meeting will be a great opportunity to meet and chat with others. There will be cupcakes, teas and coffees and glitter tattoos and a bouncy castle for the kids! Please get in touch before the meeting to let Gemma know you're attending and she can keep an eye on numbers. Who can attend: Children and young people with all types of alopecia up to the age of fourteen (male and female) Parents of children with all types of alopecia Please note that those age under 18 must be accompanied by someone age 18 or over. Contact details: Gemma HurryPhone: 07748150911Email: [email protected]Gemma has her telephone number advertised and is happy to provide a listening ear via telephone call (Gemma says: anytime, please leave a voice message or text and I will get back to you asap).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 Gemma is unable to answer will be sent on to staff at Alopecia UK.Please also get in touch with the group lead ahead of any meeting so they know how many to expect. Gemma's link with alopecia: My name is Gemma, I am married with two children, and have a part time job as a Chronic pain physiotherapist. Our daughter showed signs of Alopecia 3 years ago when she was 4. I have found local support really sparse, so I have decided to start the first Essex group for children with alopecia and their parents. I hope we can all support each other through life's journey.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 Gemma 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 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.