Support & Advice Support Groups Jersey Welcome to the Jersey group. We meet monthly to connect with other people affected by alopecia. Connecting with others suffering from Alopecia as so many benefits, you do not have to suffer alone. No matter where you are in your own Alopecia journey, I would love to hear from you." What happens at the group? At our monthly meetings we alternate between informal meetings and guest speakers I invite along to give short talks or workshops on subjects relating to Alopecia. We sometimes pick a theme or a subject that may be helpful or we may just chat. Our guest speakers will generally be linked to helping us learn more about how to ‘live well’ with alopecia. To date we have had GP’s, wellness practitioners, wig suppliers and counsellors. In 2020 we are looking forward to inviting a local Trichologist, our alopecia friendly GP, a local wig supplier, a make-up artist and maybe even a photographer for those wanting to see themselves in a new and beautiful light. We hope to have a go at some support group fundraising in 2020 and we are thinking about what this might be – ideas welcome ! Group dates: Date: Time: Location: Extra Meeting Details: Monday 13th January 2020 8pm Trinity Parish Hall, La Rue De Presbytere, JE3 5JB Looking after the hair you have session Monday 10th February 2020 8pm CANCELLED DUE TO STORM Monday 9th March 2020 8pm Trinity Parish Hall, La Rue De Presbytere, JE3 5JB Keeping Well with Michelle Cotillard Monday 11th May 2020 8pm Monday 8th June 2020 8pm Informal Meeting Monday 13th July 2020 8pm Looking Good - makeup session Monday 14th September 2020 8pm Making others aware TBC Monday 12th October 2020 8pm Informal Meeting Monday 9th November 2020 8pm CANCELLED DUE TO ONGOING NEWS EVENTSREAD OUR FULL CHARITY UPDATE HERE Healthy Mind TBC Please contact the group lead prior to attending a meeting so they can plan accordingly. Who can attend: This group is designed for any adult or young person living with or affected by alopecia from the ages of 18 and above. This group is not suitable for those under 18. If you are under 18, or you have a child under 18, 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: Elena McGowanEmail: [email protected]Elena 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 Elena 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 member 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 Elena's link with alopecia: "I have had Alopecia on and off for the last 20 years, having experienced full, rapid and total hair loss twice, full regrowth once and everything else in-between! I have also experienced lots of different emotions connected to my hair, ranging from despair to full acceptance. My Alopecia has to live with me and my lifestyle now and I try not to let it prevent me from being me. I set up our local group so that I could encourage others on their own Alopecia journey and to act as a local point of contact in terms of where else you can go for practical help. Jersey Support Group in the media: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p058cfkx https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2019-06-24/calls-for-jerseys-government-to-support-islanders-living-with-alopecia/ https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2019-10-08/nicola-kirkland-how-ive-learnt-to-live-with-my-alopecia/ 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.