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The Regional Support Groups are run by volunteers and some of them are supported and facilitated by healthcare professionals.
The groups offer people with eczema and carers an opportunity to share information, experience and support. However, they are not a forum or substitute for medical advice from a doctor or other healthcare professional.

The Regional Support groups are independent of the National Eczema Society and therefore the Society has no responsibility for them, nor will the views of groups necessarily reflect those of the Society. If you are interested in setting up your own eczema support group in the UK, we'll be able to offer some advice via our Helpline.

Northern Ireland

Belfast eczema support: an informal support network that offers people affected by eczema the chance to keep in touch. For more information, please phone Myrtle Johnston on 028 9066 6393.

North East

Gateshead: Costa Coffee, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Sheriff Hill, Gateshead, NE9 6SX.

Organised by Vienna Lau, this is an informal drop-in "support group" meeting for parents of children with eczema. This Group meets every few months and shares information over a cuppa about what works for them.

Next meeting TBC

They would love to see you and you will be made very welcome. Any questions should be directed to childreneczemagateshead@gmail.com.  

Newcastle: The Children’s Outpatient Department at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne runs an eczema support group for parents /carers of children with eczema : all welcome, not just patients of the Department.

The group meets 10am to 12 noon in the Children's Outpatient Department, The Royal Victoria Infirmary, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP

Date of next meeting to be confirmed.

For further information, contact Helen or Jenny on 0191 282 0400 at the Hospital.

North West

Manchester Allergy Support Group: This informal friendly group meets on the first Monday of every month from 7pm – 8.30pm at St John’s Church, Irlam Road, Urmston, M41 6AP. The group offers support to people with eczema, asthma and allergies.

If you would like more information, please email Michelle Byrne at byrnemichelle@btinternet.com.

West Yorkshire

Allergy Support Group – West Yorkshire

Group Facilitator Les Griffiths has recognised the fact that there is much needed support for people with allergic diseases including: anaphylaxis, asthma, food allergies, eczema, hayfever etc.

If you are suffering and feel some support may help you understand the triggers and day-to-day trials of living with this type of disease then this group could be the answer.

The group meets every two to three months and varies its location in West Yorkshire so people from a wider area benefit.

Please contact Les Griffiths for further details (allergygroupwestyorks@gmail.com).

East Midlands

Nottingham: This group of carers of children with eczema and healthcare professionals was set up  to offer support and information on an informal basis. The group meets infrequently, responding to local need as appropriate.

For details, visit the group’s website http://www.nottinghameczema.org.uk and sign up to its web alert (emailed news service) or contact the group through the website. The group can be followed on Twitter under the name ‘eczemasupport’.

East Anglia

Norfolk and Norwich eczema support group caters for all age groups.

For further details, email Ann Starkie at ann@ascareers.co.uk or Sarah Ward at sriwp@hotmail.com. Catch up with the group’s news at  www.facebook.com/#!/groups/212136705472382/ or visit their website norfolkandnorwicheczema.wordpress.com

South West

Devon Support Group - This group welcomes all age groups including adult sufferers, their families and carers to meet, share advice and exchange views and experiences of living with this debilitating condition.

The meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every month between 9.30 am and 11.30 am at Jelly Bears Play Lounge, 23-24 Crossways Shopping Centre, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 5BL.

To find out more, please contact Marlene Hochstrasser by email info@thedevonallergyclinic.co.uk or by phone on 01803 401001.

New group – Cullompton, Devon

There is no need to book, all welcome, please come along and chat to people who understand about living with or caring for a child or family member with eczema.

Next meeting to be confirmed. Future meetings will be held on the first Thursday of every month.

If you would like to find out more details, please email Teresa Jackman: t26diz@yahoo.co.uk.

South East

Kingston and Richmond support group is run by Lulu O’Hagan who has eczema herself and who has also lived through one of her daughters having terrible eczema for 7 years, which is now happily resolved.

The group discusses different viewpoints and techniques, and tries to spread the word that saying ‘no scratching’ should be stopped. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month, 8pm-10pm at The Canbury Arms, 49 Canbury Park Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 6LQ. All welcome.

See the group’s Facebook page and add your views at www.facebook.com/eczemasupport or email Lulu for more information on eczemahelpgroup@gmail.com for more information about the group.

West Surrey and North East Hants: centred on Guildford, this group’s principal activity is to support the NES, especially through local fundraising.

For further information on the group, you can contact Vicky Robinson via nescards@yahoo.co.uk.

New group - Haywards Heath

Next meeting to be confirmed.

All welcome. If you would like more information, please contact Christine via p.clark421@btinternet.com.

Solent South Hampshire Eczema Support Group

Regular meetings are planned to share positive experiences and coping strategies of living with and managing both the emotional and physical symptoms of eczema. As well as supporting eczema sufferers and raising awareness, the group hopes to share some ideas they have for fundraising.

For more information, please contact Jane on 023 9242 6282 or email Janeg697@aol.com.

See our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/EczemaSupportSolentSouthHampshire.