The meeting will be informal and structured the same way as our other Children's groups. We will provide activities and games for the children and parents can join in or chat among themselves. Just to give an idea of a typical support group meet the following attended our December meeting and the March meeting was similar:
- 9 Children with alopecia (5 girls, 4 boys - aged 4 - 13)
- 1 siblings
- 15 parents/grandparents
- 5 adult helpers with alopecia
made for a great meeting! Info for future meets...Cost:
There is no cost to attend this meeting. But please let Kathryn know that you will be coming so that we have an idea of numbers.Who is it suitable for:
Children, Teenagers and Parents. Please do register your details with Kathryn so we can plan effectively.What is available:
Refreshments will be provided.What do I need to do beforehand?
Please email Kathryn and let her know how many of you are coming, along
with everyone's names, and the age of any children coming along (making
sure we know which child has alopecia). It is also helpful for us to
know what type of alopecia your child has as well as the extent of the
alopecia.Can I bring my other children?
Yes. Just ensure you let us know how many of you are coming.Finding the venue:
The venue is opposite Mersey Retail Park in Speke and next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. There is free parking on site. Head for reception and staff will show you the way to the room.Travelling by car:
If you are traveling from Manchester, take the M62 to Junction 6. Leave M62 to join Knowsley Expressway/A5300 (following signs for Liverpool Airport). At the end of the Expressway, turn right on to Speke Road. Stay on this road, go straight past the turn off for the Airport and when you come to a set of traffic lights with Mersey retail park on your right hand side, turn right (you will see the Crowne Plaza Hotel). Follow the road, go past the entrance to the hotel and turn left into a car park with barrier. The barrier will lift automatically for you to enter. Park up and head to the main entrance by the outdoor tennis courts.Travelling by train:
The closest train station is Liverpool South Parkway. It's around a 20 minute walk to David Lloyd or a taxi will take you there in 5 mins. To walk, follow a route map on your phone (L24 8QD) or come out of the main entrance and turn left. Continue walking and follow the road around to the left onto Horrocks Avenue. You will go past a school and Dunelm Mill. Follow the road to your left, keep walking straight until you come to the traffic lights at Mersey Retail Park where you can safely cross. Refer to the instructions above under (Travelling by car) to find the entrance.
*Please note: all support groups are run by volunteers in their spare
time. The role of the support group lead for this particular group just
facilitates a meeting space for those affected by alopecia to get
together. If you have questions about the group please email Kathryn however
if you have questions or need individual support regards your alopecia
please email Alopecia UK direct on firstname.lastname@example.org or call
07763293687. Thank you. (Jen, Alopecia UK Events and Support Manager).