Why we need you

At Alopecia UK, we understand the importance of feeling connected to others experiencing hair loss. Our volunteer-led, peer support groups located across the UK provide an opportunity for adults and children affected by alopecia to meet, chat and find mutual support with others going through a similar situation.

Now that our face-to-face support groups are up and running again, we thought this would be a great time to start welcoming new group leads into the charity.

We would like to set up several new groups or maintain current groups in the following areas, to ensure we are there for anyone who needs us.

The specific areas and groups we would like to cover are:

Adult Groups in:

  • Hampshire (Adults) - taking over from an existing group leader
  • Leeds (Adults) - taking over from an existing group leader
  • Liverpool (Adults)
  • Lincolnshire/East Midlands (Adults)
  • Newcastle (Adults)

Children’s/Teens groups in:

  • Liverpool (Children's/Teens) - taking over from an existing group leader
  • Newcastle (Children's)
  • London (Teens)
  • Manchester (Teens)
  • Berkshire (Teens) - taking over from an existing group leader
  • Yorkshire (Children’s)- taking over from an existing group leader 

What does an AUK group leader do?

Running a local support group can be incredibly rewarding, and volunteers are at the front-line representing the charity.

Typically, all it takes to be a group leader is 1-2 hours per week and you’ll be:

  • Organising and facilitating group meetings in the community
  • Offering a compassionate and understanding ear to people affected by alopecia
  • Checking your Alopecia UK email inbox at least once a week, responding to any enquiries from people looking for support or information (any queries you cannot help with can be passed to the charity staff team)

Who are we looking for?

  • A friendly, welcoming and kind person with good listening skills who has some lived experience of alopecia (either personally or through supporting someone else with alopecia)
  • Someone who is able to keep within the boundaries of the role with regards to friendship or giving advice
  • Ideally able to commit to at least one year initially.

Volunteers will be required to complete a reference check and an enhanced DBS form or the Scottish/NI equivalent, with re-checking taking place every 3 years.

What can you gain from this opportunity?

  • You’ll be making a real difference to people affected by alopecia
  • Comprehensive induction and ongoing role development opportunities
  • Ongoing support and supervision
  • A small yearly budget to cover the cost of venue hire and expenses

Interested in joining the team?

In order to figure out if becoming a Support Group Leader is for you, take a few minutes to watch this video and read through the information on this page.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. Otherwise, if you would like to apply to become a Support Group Leader, please complete our expression of interest form below. 

Complete an Expression of Interest Form

Here's what Elaine, Support Group Leader for Surrey says about being a Support Group Leader