Support & Advice Find a support group North East Children Meeting dates: Date: Time: Location: Saturday 20th October 2018 1-3pm Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ Extra Meeting Details: Saturday 20th October 2018 - There will be a drumming workshop at 1:30pm for an hour, all ages can take part! Transport & Parking options: The venue is in the City Centre and convenient for all travel links. It is just a 7-minute walk from Newcastle Central Train Station (or jump on the Metro and it's 1 minute from Monument Metro Station). There are plenty of car parks around with NCP Car Park Newcastle Newbridge Street and Dean Street both just a 3-minute walk away. There is a bus stop right outside the venue (Newcastle Monument stop) or the 'National Express Newcastle Coach Station' is just a 15-minute walk away. 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: Lois WrightEmail: [email protected]Lois does not have her telephone number advertised but is happy to provide a listening ear via telephone call at a time arranged via email. She is also happy to receive support questions via email 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 Lois is unable to answer will be sent on to staff at Alopecia UK.Please also get in touch with the group lead ahead of any meeting so they know how many to expect. Lois' link with alopecia: Lois' daughter has had alopecia areata at different stages from two years old, through her teens and now as a young adult. From Lois:"By working with the charity I hope to help kids, their brothers, sisters and parents find a place to meet where they can play games, chat and just generally have a nice time together. Please get in touch if you have any ideas - happy to help! The group has only recently been set up and the first meeting was a great success with children with alopecia meeting other children and adults with the condition (some for the first time). Parents were able to meet to chat together and ask all sorts of questions - the meeting room is perfect so there is an option to be with the children or in a quieter room nearby! At the moment meetings will be twice a year but I am happy for anyone to contact me by email at any time. If I can't help I will do my best to find someone who can. I've had quite a few ups and downs as a parent of a child with alopecia so can understand how difficult it can be and how many questions you might have so please get in touch if you feel the need to." 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 Lois 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 (or their child) 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 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.