Support & Advice Support Groups London Welcome to the London group! "It is most important for me to say that EVERYONE is welcome to join this group - all types of alopecia, different stages and types of hair loss, men, women, and partners/parents of people with alopecia. In addition, how you use the group is also entirely up to you - no-one is forced to speak if you would rather listen. Some people attend every session, others I might see once a year, and others only attend once to get what they need. All versions of support is absolutely fine, make this group what you want it to be for you! What happens at the group? Support groups are held online and in the Lucas Arms - a pub about a 5 mins walk from Kings Cross St. Pancreas which serves a number of train lines, as well as the Victoria, Circle, Hammersmith and Fulham, Metropolitan, Northern and Piccadilly Tube Lines. A number of bus routes also serve this area. We are very fortunate that we are offered the private back room for a discounted price (which in Central London is an absolute win) so anything we can offer back in terms of food and drinks ordered is always appreciated. I try and offer a variety of events for the support group from support meetings to fun activities such as yoga, walks and pub quiz nights. I welcome any suggestions for feedback to make this group as great as it can be. You can find more information about the plans for 2021 below. Group dates: Date Time Location Extra Meeting Info 2021 Due to the current pandemic, all of our face-to-face support groups are currently cancelled until further notice. READ OUR FULL CHARITY UPDATE HERE The Support Group Lead for this group is still delivering online Zoom meetings. Please contact Kelly directly for more information. 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 living with or affected by alopecia from the ages of 18 and above. For those under the age of 18 please see our London Children Support Group.(Also run by Kelly!) Contact details: Kelly Young and Dominic Email: [email protected]Kelly is a part of the Alopecia UK staff team and is happy to answer any questions about the group and provide a listening ear at a time arranged by email. 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. Kelly's link with alopecia: I first started noticing my hair would periodically shed....a lot, once every year or two from the age of around 14. For a few weeks each year buckets of hair would come out, but it always stopped and things would settle down/grow back. In 2015, about six months after I finished university, my hair continued to fall out more than this usual pattern and I noticed the typical 10p sized bald patch on my head. The dermatologist thought it might be reoccurring Telogen Effluvium and Alopecia Areata. It's 2021 when I'm writing this, and I have more or less full regrowth (at the moment - touch wood) and now I want to support others experiencing all types of hair loss. I am so passionate about helping people with alopecia. It can be a scary, confusing, and upsetting experience - I want to provide a safe space for people to chat and meet others in a similar situation. We're here if you need us. 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.