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

During the COVID-19 lockdowns, our face to face groups were unfortunately put on hold, because of this we created a new online space to provide peer support called the 'Alopecia Café'.

Fortunately, we are now in a position where we are seeing a return of our face to face groups and events. However, we recognise that our online provision has been a welcome resource during this time and beyond. For this reason, we intend to embed online meetings into our continued support provision.

Combining these online meetings with our face to face groups, events, Facebook groups and phone and email services we hope to establish even stronger support avenues for people with alopecia.

Going forward the Alopecia UK Online meetings for adults will continue in a very similar fashion to what was previously offered. Meetings take place online via Zoom providing an opportunity to meet others, share experiences and talk about ways you can manage your alopecia. We are open to everyone with all types of hair loss.

Who is this meeting suitable for? 

This meeting is for people with all types of alopecia ages 18 and over. This meeting is only open to those in the UK.

What can you expect of this meeting?

At the beginning of each meeting, you will be introduced to the Alopecia UK hosts. We will make you feel welcome and run through some basic housekeeping. 

Each meeting will be capped at 24 people. Any meeting with over 10 attendees will be split into two rooms.

From there, attendees will have the opportunity to chat and listen to others affected by hair loss. You can ask questions, answer questions, receive advice, give advice and hopefully come away from the meeting feeling more confident about your alopecia. All of this is done from the comfort of your own home, perhaps with a recommended cuppa and biscuit! 

We know that it can be nerve-wracking to meet people for the first time. Some attendees of our online sessions have told us they felt nervous logging-on but were very glad they joined. If anyone is feeling particularly nervous about joining a session, feel free to contact the AUK Team in advance and we can try to reduce any nerves you may have.

Who will host the meeting? 

The meeting will be primarily facilitated by Alopecia UK staff member Amy Johnson (seen in the picture to the right) and one of our lovely volunteers Harriet.

Amy is Alopecia UK's Operations Manager and has experienced alopecia areata since the age of 24. Amy has seen first-hand the positive impact of peer support, and credits meeting others with alopecia as being the catalyst that turned things around for her in her own alopecia journey. 

How can I join the meeting?

You will need to complete the registration form below for each meeting you wish to join. You will be asked a few questions about yourself and the type of alopecia you have. It helps us to know who is joining each session. 

  • You also need to read our meeting rules here. Having rules ensures the session is a safe and supportive environment for all.

  • Head to 'Register for a space' below and select the number of people you would like to register for. Click 'BOOK'. (In most circumstances, the quantity will be 1)

  • Once you have clicked 'BOOK' you will be asked to complete a few questions. Please ensure your email address is correct as this is how we will contact you to confirm your space. Once completed please click 'CONFIRM'. 

  • This will take you to the 'basket'. Please note all our meetings are completely free to attend, there is however opportunity at this point to provide an optional donation to help us continue the work we do, should you wish to. Once ready please click 'COMPLETE PURCHASE'.

  • Your registration for a place will be sent to our team to check over. You will receive your own booking email too. If for any reason your registration has not been accepted one of the team will reach out to discuss further. 

    We will send out the meeting link one week before the meeting, and a final reminder the morning of the meeting. This link is only for you and must not be shared elsewhere. 

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