Northern Ireland “Welcome to the Northern Ireland group. This will be a new group for 2021 and our first meeting will take place as soon as we are able to. I am really looking forward to meeting you and supporting people in the area”. What happens at the group? If you or someone you care about is affected by alopecia please do get in touch! Group dates: Date: Time: Location: Extra Meeting Details: We have now tentatively re-opened our support groups, however, it is at the discretion of individual group leads to decide what they feel comfortable delivering in the community, in addition to local COVID-19 guidance given in your area. If you are interested in attending a future group meeting, please contact Sarah directly for more information on upcoming meetings. 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 15 and above. Please note that those age 15-17 must be accompanied by someone age 18 or over. If under the age of 14 and looking for your closest support group please see here for a list of our children and teen groups. Contact details: Sarah Fletcher Email: [email protected] Sarah 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 Sarah 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 members 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 Sarah's link with alopecia: I am a self-employed mum of 3 boys. I have had alopecia areata for over 20 years, and early in 2020 I suffered almost total hair loss and am now a wig wearer 90% of the time. When I wanted to talk to people in a similar situation I couldn't find anyone close to me, so I have set this group up to try and help anyone in a similar situation. I hope the group will give people a safe place to meet others, share stories, advice, and support. While the group will have a structure, I hope it will also be relaxed giving people the confidence to join in. 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.