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North East Children Support

This is a brand new group for 2017 which aims to meet in both Newcastle and Teesside. 

The following are welcome to 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.

Being a brand new group we would appreciate any volunteers coming forward to help out at meetings, particularly if they have experience working with children and young people and/or experience of having alopecia as a child/teen.  Please contact Alopecia UK head office if you would like to volunteer.

Meetings

Date Time Location
22nd - 24th September 2017 AUK Big Weekend - National Event (click for details)
Saturday 7th October 2017 11am-1pm Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE2 4DX

Info for future meets...


The meetings will be informal.  With children's groups we provide activities for children (arts and crafts and some games etc) and get some volunteers on hand to entertain them.  Parents often gather themselves together for more in depth chat!  We will provide teas, coffees, juice and biscuits. 

Cost:  There is no cost to attend this meeting.  But please let Lois know that you will be coming so that we have an idea of numbers.

Who is it suitable for:  Children, Teenagers and Parents.  We hope to run different sessions for each but it depends who turns up.  Please do register your details with Lois so we can plan effectively.

What do I need to do beforehand?  Please email Lois and let her know:
  • how many of you are coming and everyone's names
  • the age of any children coming along (making sure we know which child has alopecia)
  • what type of alopecia your child has as well as the extent of the alopecia
  • any additional needs that we should be aware of (e.g. allergies, medical conditions, disabilities etc)
Can I bring my other children?  Yes.  Just ensure you let us know how many of you are coming.

Finding the venue:
Note that there has been a last minute change in how to enter the building due to the original entrance now being used for some netball matches.  Directions to Royal Grammar School Newcastle (RGS) below and you can see a map HERE.
 
The entrance to RGS is at the end of Brandling Park.  Please use the car parking spaces within the school grounds and then walk towards the main building past the hockey pitch (on your left) and pool (on your right) towards the main building. There will be AUK signs to guide you to the Sixth Form Area where we will meet. There may be students and staff around the school playing hockey, netball and rugby and who we're sure will help should you get lost.

By Car:
If you are using a satnav please enter NE2 4RR and not the postcode for the school as the main entrance will be closed. 

By Train:
If you are travelling to Newcastle by train you will need to get a Metro train from Newcastle Central Station to Jesmond travelling north (there are only two platforms).  You will then need to walk past Jesmond Church (on your left) and through the gates to the school.

Support group contacts

Lois Wright

Lois Wright

Email:

Please get in touch with Lois ahead of a meeting and let her know if you intend to go along so that she can keep track of numbers.

Lois' link with alopecia:

Lois' daughter has had alopecia areata at different stages from two years old, through her teens and now as a young adult. 

From Lois:
"By working with the charity I hope to help kids, their brothers, sisters and parents find a place to meet where they can play games, chat and just generally have a nice time together. Please get in touch if you have any ideas - happy to help!  The group has only recently been set up and the first meeting was a great success with children with alopecia meeting other children and adults with the condition (some for the first time).  Parents were able to meet to chat together and ask all sorts of questions - the meeting room is perfect so there is an option to be with the children or in a quieter room nearby!  At the moment meetings will be twice a year but I am happy for anyone to contact me by email at any time.  If I can't help I will do my best to find someone who can.  I've had quite a few ups and downs as a parent of a child with alopecia so can understand how difficult it can be and how many questions you might have so please get in touch if you feel the need to."

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 both below:
  • Lois does not have her telephone number advertised but is happy to provide a listening ear via telephone call at a time arranged via email.
  • Lois is 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 be aware that any questions Lois is 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 (or their child) 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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