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Newcastle & Sunderland

The Newcastle group has been running for a while and since 2017 has had new group lead, Sarah, who stepped in to take over from Maria.  We have now extended this group to cover Sunderland as well, with Katie running the Sunderland meetings and helping to admin the overall group inbox.  The following are welcome to attend the meeting:
  • Those with all types of alopecia age 18 and over (male and female)
  • Friends/Partners of those with all types of alopecia (accompanying someone with alopecia)
  • Parents of children with all types of alopecia
This group is not suitable for those under 18.  If you are under 18, or you have a child under 18, and are looking for support please contact the separate North East Children Support Group.


Our last meeting was on Thursday 26th October 2017.  Please check back again soon for future meeting dates.

Support group contacts

Sarah Barnard (Newcastle)

Sarah Barnard (Newcastle)

Phone: 07850 157970


Katie Maw (Sunderland)

Katie Maw (Sunderland)

Phone: 07943 384496


Please get in touch with Sarah ahead of a meeting and let her know if you intend to go along so that she can let the venue know about numbers.

Sarah's link with alopecia:

Sarah has had frontal fibrosing alopecia with lichen planopilaris for over two years.

Katie's link with alopecia:
Katie was first diagnosed with alopecia areata in January 2016.  Since August 2017 Katie's hair on her head has actually fully grown back but she still has patches over the rest of her body.

From Sarah:
"I found it difficult to accept my diagnosis of alopecia but really benefitted from talking to other people with the same condition and sharing experiences. I'm hoping that I can continue to facilitate this for the Newcastle support group. I want to provide a space where people feel they can express themselves and feel supported to do so."

From Katie:
"I want to run a group to help people feel better about having alopecia. I hope to create a fun, positive and comfortable environment for people with alopecia (or those who have partners/children in their lives that are affected) where people can share advice, tips and tricks on coping with this condition."

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 Sarah and Katie below:
  • Both Sarah and Katie have their telephone numbers advertised and are happy to provide a listening ear via telephone call if someone phones (6:30pm onward in the evenings and 10am-5pm weekends).
  • Both Sarah & Katie are happy to receive support questions from those in their local area and will answer to the best of her ability based on her own knowledge and experiences.  Please be aware that any questions Sarah and Katie are unable to answer will be sent on to staff at Alopecia UK.
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.

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