Support & Advice Support Groups Newcastle Children Meeting dates: Unfortunately due to a lack of interest the decision has been made to stop organising dates for the Newcastle Children's meetings. The group has not closed completely and Lois, the group lead, has left her email on display for those to get in touch should they require any local support or to express their interest in future meetings. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to see this group back up and running in the future should the demand be there. For those families who would like to see more in the North East area for children and families please consider signing up to our Register Your Interest form where we will contact those registered in the near future about possible Children, Young Person and Parent provision for 2019. 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.