Support & Advice Support Groups Sheffield Welcome to the Sheffield group What happens at the meetings? We welcome adults affected by any type of alopecia, the group is a safe place to meet others affected by alopecia to share experiences. There is no pressure, it is a relaxed and informal group, we have a chat and a cuppa. We have had speakers come along to the group including a wellbeing worker, and in 2020 we are hoping to arrange to go out and do an activity – really it depends what the group would like to do. Group dates: Date: Time: Location: Extra Meeting Details: Monday 10th February 2020 6.30pm Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheaf St, S1 2BP Meeting room 3 Monday 13th April 2020 6.30pm CANCELLED DUE TO CURRENT NEWS EVENTS. SEE HERE FOR MORE DETAILS Monday 8th June 2020 6.30pm CANCELLED DUE TO CURRENT NEWS EVENTS. SEE HERE FOR MORE DETAILS Monday 10th August 2020 6.30pm Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheaf St, S1 2BP Meeting room 3 Monday 12th October 2020 6.30pm Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheaf St, S1 2BP Meeting room 3 Monday 14th December 2020 6.30pm Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheaf St, S1 2BP Meeting room 3 Please contact the group lead prior to attending a meeting so they can plan accordingly. 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 3 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. The postcode for the car park S1 2AA. Who can attend: This group is designed for any adult living with or affected by alopecia from the ages of 12 and above. Please note that those age 12-17 must be accompanied by someone age 18 or over. For those with children up to the age of 12 please contact the group lead to discuss if the group would be suitable for them. Alternatively please contact the separate Yorkshire Children Support Group. Contact details: Rachel WadsworthEmail: [email protected]Rachel 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 Rachel 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 member 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 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." 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.