This is our longest standing Children's Support Group. As of October 2016 it has a new volunteer Group Lead, Paige Hyland, along with her mum Eileen.
This group meets twice a year. If you would like to come along to one of the meetings, please let Paige know and she will add you to the distribution list to keep you up to date with what is planned.
The meetings are relaxed and informal and provide an opportunity for children to meet others with alopecia and parents the chance to share experiences. The group is also supported by dermatologists from Birmingham Children's Hospital who kindly facilitate the meeting venue and also attend in person to offer support.
We have tables of games, arts & crafts and books. We find that some children are very nervous to attend but once they see others taking part in activities, they're often keen to join in. There is no pressure on the child though. If they would prefer to sit with Mum or Dad, that is fine. Sometimes it can be enough just to see others like them.
At the last meeting in February 2017, we had 13 children and four 16 year olds with alopecia (13 girls, 4 boys) in attendance ageing from 2 years to 16 years. In addition to this we also had:
- 28 family and friends
- 7 volunteers (including a medical student)
- 1 dermatologists
Siblings are welcome to attend too but Paige does ask that you confirm how many people you will be bringing to ensure the room is big enough and enough refreshments are catered for.
If you have any questions about the group, please get in touch with Paige.
Paige has had Alopecia Areata on and off since she was 6 years old. At 15 years old, Paige’s sister also developed Alopecia. With two children living with Alopecia, Eileen has had a key role in supporting both Paige and her sister. Together they are able to share experiences, both from a child and parent perspective, and offer information and support.
Download the booklet Alopecia: My Story
which features some young people from our group.