Support & Advice Find a support group South West Children Our newest group for 2018! A meeting date for later in the year will be confirmed ASAP. Meeting dates: Date: Time: Location: TBC 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 and Dave VallanderPhone: 07787433600 / 07787433601Email: [email protected]Mandy and Dave have their telephone numbers advertised and are happy to provide a listening ear via telephone call. (Mandy's hours: Tuesday--Friday 7--9pm. Weekends 10--2pm. Dave's hours: 9-3 Monday- Friday, 10-2 Sat/ Sun) They are also happy to receive support questions from those in their local area and will answer to the best of their ability based on their own knowledge and experiences. Please be aware that any questions Mandy or Dave are 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. Mandy's link with alopecia: I have had scarring and areata alopecia for about two and half years now. I have become far more confident in myself over the last year and talk openly about alopecia. I have been working with children for a very,very, very long time! I am a deputy manager of a children's nursery, so I am very confident with speaking to others. I have also visited a local Primary school to give a talk about alopecia. I don't wear wigs as I find them uncomfortable so choose to wear buffs, scarves, hats or more recently, I have been going out with nothing on my head! I live in somerset and am aware that there is not a children's group in this part of the Country. I have met and made friends with a couple of parents whose children have alopecia. This had made me realise that the children (and the parents) need somewhere to meet and to talk to others like them, so they can see they are not alone. I feel I can offer support to others through the knowledge I have gained along my journey and from Alopecia UK. Dave's link with alopecia: When my wife started losing her hair we quickly found that there was almost a complete lack of information available in our area. This isolated us to our own thoughts and fears. I now want others who are going through this to have the support and information that they need to restore their confidence and self esteem. Alopecia UK were a great help to us once we found them and we now want to extend this essential support wider and make it ok to be different.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 Mandy and Dave in their 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 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.