Support & Advice Find a support group Yorkshire Children Meeting dates: Date Time Location Check back for our 2019 dates soon! Who can attend: Children and young people with all types of alopecia up to the age of eighteen (male and female) Parents of children with all types of alopecia Siblings of those with all types of alopecia (accompanying someone with alopecia) Please note that those age under 18 must be accompanied by someone age 18 or over. About the meeting on Saturday 17th November: Sue Schilling will be joining the meeting on Saturday 17th November. Sue is a professional coach and trainer, specialising in work with teenagers, young adults, parents, school and the not for profit sector. Over to Sue to introduce herself... "I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata at the age of 8. For most of my life I was able to cover my patches with longer hair. My mum says this was tough for me as a teenager, but as I look back my alopecia is not a feature from my childhood. It is through conversations with my mum that I know that being a parent is one of the most daunting and rewarding roles you can take on in life. It is through my day to day work that I know that seeking groups like ours helps us handle knocks and celebrate wins. I am one of a handful of people in the UK trained to deliver the Coaching Skills for Parents Programme developed by acclaimed coach Kim Morgan, and underpinned by the work of Child Psychologist Virginia Satir and Stephen Covey. I will be joining the Yorkshire Children's Group session on 17th November to offer a parents-only session on: - Childhood memories and the needs of children This 45-60 minute session will help you get a different perspective on your child's world and to think about a number of ways that we support children. The professional stuff! I hold an Associate Certified Coach accreditation with the International Coach Federation (ICF) UK, I also have a PG Cert in Business & Personal Coaching with the University of Chester. I work for WeMindTheGap, a charity that helps under-served young women (17-24) in our local communities providing a totally holistic and paid six-month traineeship that opens up new opportunities in life and work." Contact details: AmyPhone: 07983 810490Email: [email protected]Amy does have 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 via email from those in her local area and will answer to the best of her ability based on her own knowledge and experiences. Please also get in touch with the group lead ahead of any meeting so they know how many to expect. Amy's link with alopecia: Amy first spotted two small patches in October 2007 (age 24). The two small patches quickly re-grew but she then developed alopecia universalis in 2010. Over the last couple of years her hair has started to grow back a bit. Any re-growth is patchy and prone to fall out again. Amy is comfortable with her alopecia these days but would still love for her hair to make a full return. 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 Amy 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 (or their child) and wanting to reach out and help others.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.