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:
Can I bring my other children?
- 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
- any additional needs that we should be aware of (e.g. allergies, medical conditions, disabilities etc)
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.
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?
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.
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
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?
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.