Support & Advice Alopecia UK Support Groups Sheffield Meeting dates: Date: Time: Location: Monday 11th February 2019 6.30pm - 8.30pm Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield, S1 2BP Monday 8th April 2019 6.30pm - 8.30pm Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield, S1 2BP Monday 10th June 2019 6.30pm - 8.30pm Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield, S1 2BP Monday 12th August 2019 6.30pm - 8.30pm Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield, S1 2BP Monday 14th October 2019 6.30pm - 8.30pm Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield, S1 2BP Monday 9th December 2019 6.30pm - 8.30pm Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield, S1 2BP Extra venue information: Ponds Forge is located next to Sheffield Interchange and is a 5 minute walk from the Train Station. The meeting will be held in Meeting Room 2 which is located near the Sports Hall. Staff at main reception will be happy to help direct you on arrival.Please be aware that the car park at Ponds Forge is pay and display. Who can attend: Those with all types of alopecia age 14 and over (male and female) Friends/Partners of those with all types of alopecia (accompanying someone with alopecia) Parents of children with all types of alopecia Please note that those age 14-17 must be accompanied by someone age 18 or over. This group is not suitable for those under 14. If you have a child under 14 and are looking for support please contact the separate Yorkshire Children Support Group. Contact details: Rachel WadsworthPhone: 07530418141Email: [email protected]Rachel has her telephone number advertised and is happy to provide a listening ear via telephone call at a time arranged via email. She is also happy to receive support questions 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 Rachel 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. Rachel's link with alopecia: Rachel has been involved in volunteering at several Alopecia UK events including Alton towers, Big Weekend and the Yorkshire Children’s Support Group. Rachel has been attending a support group as an attendee for several years now and when she started going remembers being quite teary and sad. Rachel was in the first stages of this round of Alopecia after having a long period of time unaffected by Alopecia. Having had the break it did hit her hard. That was about 4 years ago and since then she's got involved in several events and managed to come to terms with her hair loss. Rachel has had Alopecia as a toddler, a child, teenager and now as an adult and feels she has lots of experience to share with people that may help them. From Rachel: "I would like to facilitate an environment in which people can meet others with Alopecia. I first started attending a support group several years ago and feel it has been extremely beneficial to helping me deal with the condition. I have had the opportunity to talk about how I feel and also listen to other people’s experiences. I hope that people will feel it’s a place that they can get help and advice from and also feel comfortable enough to say how they are feeling." 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 Rachel 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 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 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.