Support & Advice Support Groups Liverpool Children and Teens Welcome to the Liverpool children and teens group. We are a friendly group providing support to children and young people and their families affected by alopecia. We meet twice a year. What happens at the group? The group is friendly and relaxed, we aim to give the young people a chance to get to know each other while having fun, and parents the chance to chat too. We do have activities, for example we have a kick about, crafts, and games. We also like to arrange trips out and we have been to the sandcastle water park which was a lot of fun. Group dates: Date Time Location Extra Meeting Details: Saturday 7th March 2020 1-3pm David Lloyd, 6, The Aerodrome, Speke, Liverpool, L24 8QD Please contact the group lead prior to attending a meeting so they can plan accordingly. Extra venue 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: This group is designed for any child or young person and their family living with or affected by alopecia from the ages of 18 and under. Please note that anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by someone age 18 or over. Contact details: Kathryn HaydenEmail: [email protected]Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 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. 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.