Support & Advice Support Groups Somerset Welcome to the Somerset group What happens at the group? Our group is very informal, we have tea/coffee and a chat – its all very relaxed. I do organise wig demonstrations and alternative headwear sessions. I am happy to take requests from the group and arrange what I can. Group dates: Date: Time: Location: Extra Meeting Details: Saturday 25th January 2020 11am - 1pm Bradford on Tone Village Hall, Taunton, TA4 1HF To find please follow the A38 Wellington to Taunton Road, turning for village is opposite the Worlds End Pub big white building. Follow into village towards the church, village hall is next to church parking is in the pub opposite. Saturday 4th April 2020 11am-1pm Monks Yard, Horton Manor, Horton Cross, Ilminster, TA19 9PY *New venue for 2020*The meeting space is located past the cafe and reception area. Saturday 30th May 2020 11am-1pm Monks Yard, Horton Manor, Horton Cross, Ilminster, TA19 9PY Saturday 18th July 2020 11am-1pm Monks Yard, Horton Manor, Horton Cross, Ilminster, TA19 9PY Saturday 26th September 2020 11am-1pm Monks Yard, Horton Manor, Horton Cross, Ilminster, TA19 9PY Saturday 28th November 2020 11am-1pm Monks Yard, Horton Manor, Horton Cross, Ilminster, TA19 9PY Please contact the group lead prior to attending a meeting so they can plan accordingly. Extra venue information: The venue is easily accessible from both the A303 and A358. The meeting space is located on the left past the cafe and reception area. Carolyn will be waiting nearby to welcome you to the group. 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. For those with children up to the age of 14 please contact the group lead to discuss if the group would be suitable for them. Alternatively please see here for a list of our children and teen groups. Contact details: CarolynEmail: [email protected]Carolyn 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 Carolyn 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 Carolyn's link with alopecia: Carolyn has diffuse alopecia areata. She was diagnosed in June 2016 after feeling like she had been going round in circles for two and a half years. Having had 2 wrong diagnosis and being sent from doctors to specialists, and after many blood tests and a biopsy she finally had an answer that made some sense.From Carolyn:"I felt completely alone initially and that nobody was listening or could possibly understand how I was feeling. By talking to others in the same pickle I realised I'm far from alone and so many have had such a similar journey. I now have some hair but when it tries to grow then it falls back out so I don't trust it and I would not be able to get out of the door without something on my head. So I do understand the personal feelings you may be going through eg 'Am I going mad?' 'Am I being vain?' plus the worthless or helpless feelings of being alone. I really would like to offer support at whatever stage of the journey people are on, with whichever type of alopecia they may have as you are not alone. 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.