Support & Advice Alopecia UK Support Groups Liverpool Children and Teens Meeting dates: Date Time Location TBC Please check back for our 2019 dates soon. Extra meeting information: Finding the venue: The venue is opposite Mersey Retail Park in Speke and next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. There is free parking on site. Head for reception and staff will show you the way to the room.Travelling by car: If you are traveling from Manchester, take the M62 to Junction 6. Leave M62 to join Knowsley Expressway/A5300 (following signs for Liverpool Airport). At the end of the Expressway, turn right on to Speke Road. Stay on this road, go straight past the turn off for the Airport and when you come to a set of traffic lights with Mersey retail park on your right hand side, turn right (you will see the Crowne Plaza Hotel). Follow the road, go past the entrance to the hotel and turn left into a car park with barrier. The barrier will lift automatically for you to enter. Park up and head to the main entrance by the outdoor tennis courts.Travelling by train: The closest train station is Liverpool South Parkway. It's around a 20 minute walk to David Lloyd or a taxi will take you there in 5 mins. To walk, follow a route map on your phone (L24 8QD) or come out of the main entrance and turn left. Continue walking and follow the road around to the left onto Horrocks Avenue. You will go past a school and Dunelm Mill. Follow the road to your left, keep walking straight until you come to the traffic lights at Mersey Retail Park where you can safely cross. Refer to the instructions above under (Travelling by car) to find the entrance. Who can attend: Children and young people with all types of alopecia up to the age of eighteen (male and female) Parents of children with all types of alopecia Siblings of those with all types of alopecia (accompanying someone with alopecia) Please note that those age under 18 must be accompanied by someone age 18 or over. Contact details: Kathryn HaydenEmail: [email protected]Kathryn does not have her telephone number advertised but is happy to provide a listening ear via telephone call at a time arranged via email.Kathryn is 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 Kathryn is unable to answer will be sent on to staff at Alopecia UK. Kathryn's link with alopecia: My son, Oscar has had Alopecia Areata on and off for most of his childhood but we were always able to disguise it with hairstyles that would cover it up. A week after his 10th birthday, Oscar's hair began to fall out rapidly and within a week or so had lost around 80%. It was such a distressing time for Oscar and my husband and I as we desperately searched for answers to help him. Our journey eventually led us to find AUK and Oscar and I attended a children's support group in Birmingham. Those 2 hours proved invaluable to us both and as a result I agreed to work with AUK to set up and lead on Liverpool children's support group. 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 Kathryn 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.