Support & Advice Local Support Groups South West Children Welcome to the South West Children’s group. Group dates: Our South West Children's meetings are currently paused. In the meantime, you can find events for children here. Date: Time: Location: Extra Meeting Details TBC PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENT IN THE SOUTH WEST FOR CHILDREN WITH ALOPECIA Please contact the group lead prior to attending a meeting so they can plan accordingly. Who can attend: Children and young people with all types of alopecia up to the age of fourteen (male and female) Older teenagers age 14 - 17 Parents of children with all types of alopecia Please note that those age under 18 must be accompanied by someone age 18 or over. Contact details: Mandy Nicolson Email: [email protected]Mandy 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 Mandy 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 Mandy's link with alopecia: From Mandy:"My Journey with Alopecia started at the end of 2015. I was diagnosed with scarring Alopecia in Feb 2016. It was a scary time in the beginning as I knew nothing about Alopecia and had no one to talk to about it. In April 2016 I found the AUK Facebook group and it changed my life! I learned so much about Alopecia and realised that I wasn’t alone and that there are others out there just like me. I have attended lots of Alopecia events over the last few years and have met so many wonderful people along the way, making so many new friends. I am a much more confident person now and have embraced my Alopecia. I choose not to wear wigs and mainly wear buffs, scarves, or woolly hats. Sometimes I go out with my head uncovered. 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.