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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

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

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

Teesside eczema support group is hoping to relaunch at the Dermatology Outpatient Department, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesborough. For more details or to register your interest, please email Barbara Mohan at barbara.mohan@stees.nhs.uk.

North West

Macclesfield: The group meet the last Thursday in the month between 10am and 12 (excluding May, August and December).  Please feel free to come along to the next meeting at Hurdsfield Children’s Centre, Hulley Road, Macclesfield, SK10 2LW and meet other parents or carers who are experiencing caring for a child with eczema.  Children welcome. No need to book.

For more information please contact the centre by phone on 01625 378081 or by email hurdsfieldchildrenscentreadmin@cheshireeast.gov.uk.

Liverpool: The group do not hold regular meetings but hold information events. If you would like more information please contact Mike Birch at mikebirch@blueyonder.co.uk.

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

Latest on future meetings:

3rd August - Controversies and Developments in Allergy Management (Dr Peter Arkwright, Consultant Paediatric Allergist & Immunologist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital)

7th September - A Patients Perspective of Living with Eczema & the Role of the National Eczema Society (Kathryn Humphreys, NES)

5th October - Asthma in Manchester; A Brief Summary (Dr Ronan O’Driscoll, Consultant Physician, Respiratory Medicine, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust)

2nd November - First Aid Training (Laura Grewer; St John Ambulance)

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

West Midlands

Birmingham adults’ support group: This informal, friendly group of adults with eczema meets every three months. However, meetings are suspended at present due to a search for a new venue.

The group will be meeting next in October 2015, details of venue, date and times will be advertised soon.

Birmingham children’s support group: This group has been set up by the dermatology team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, B4 6NF and meets regularly at the Hospital’s Education Centre. You don’t need to be a patient of the hospital in order to attend. For more information, phone Dermatology Nurses Arlene Brown or Sheila Richards on 0121 333 8229.

Cheltenham: This group aims to support people with eczema of all ages and their carers. Wendy Price welcomes ideas and suggestions for the group, which is not currently holding regular meetings but is keen to offer support as needed. Please contact Wendy for further details and offers of help at: dw.price@btinternet.com.

East Anglia

Norfolk and Norwich eczema support group caters for all age groups. The group’s meets in Room 12 of the Education Block of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UY, 7pm-9pm. Those attending are asked to park in East Inpatients, which is the nearest car park. The group also holds a number of special events for its younger members.

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 - A new drop-in group is starting in Paignton for eczema sufferers of all ages. The aim is for sufferers and their families of eczema to meet discuss exchange views and experiences of this debilitating condition.

Parents and carers of children of all ages are welcome to ‘drop in’ every Friday morning between 9.30 am and 11.30 am to the New Devon Clinic, 55 Hyde Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 5BP for advice, support and literature.

Group founder Marlene Hochstrasser is hoping to arrange for local health professionals to come along and talk about concerns and offer invaluable advice. To find out more, please contact Marlene by email info@thedevonallergyclinic.co.uk or by phone on 01803 401001.

Truro PEGS (Psoriasis and Eczema Group) meets at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske at the Dermatology Department, from 6.30pm - 8pm on a Wednesday.

2015 Meetings will include: Wednesday 21st October 2015

An opportunity for people with similar skin conditions, their families and carers to get together informally, talk and share tips and experiences. For more information, please email organiser Rebecca Bowyer at rebecca.bowyer@rcht.cornwall.nhs.uk or rebecca.bowyer@live.co.uk

London

New for 2015 – Eczema and Allergies Self Help for all, Hackney, East London - This is a new group, run by Fredericka Charles, a busy mum who has cared for her son with eczema and allergies. She would like to share her experiences and help all those affected.

Join her every Tuesday from 1pm and 3pm at Hackney Central Library, 1 Reading Lane, London, E8 1DY. All welcome. For more information, please email Fredericka: diaryofadesperatemother@yahoo.com.

South East

Buckinghamshire:  Busy mum of a child with eczema, Rachael James, has set up a support group based in Farnham Common to share her experiences with other parents, carers and adults with eczema living in the area.

The group meets 3-4pm on Saturdays every other month. To find out more about the meetings please email Rachael at rachaeleczema@hotmail.co.uk.

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.

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 or events, contact Vicky Robinson via nescards@yahoo.co.uk.

New – The Brighton and Hove Skin Care Group: The Brighton and Hove Skin Care Support Group for parents and guardians of children between 0 and 11 years with skin conditions meet on the first Monday of every month between 11.30 am and 12.30pm at Westows Play Centre on School Road, Hove, BN3 5HX. All are welcome.

*This group will replace the West Sussex group which was held in Shoreham-by-Sea by Naomi Scaife.*

For more details or to register your interest/suggestions, please email dermatology.bics@nhs.net or Naomi Scaife at naomiscaife@gmail.com.

New for 2015 – Solent South Hampshire Eczema Support Group

Eczema sufferer Jane Glover would like to meet others with eczema to share advice and tips about day to day living with the condition.

The first meeting is on Friday 3rd July at 6.30pm at the Wickham Centre, Houghton Lane, off Mill Lane, Wickham, PO17 5AL. Please come along for a friendly chat and refreshments.

For more information, please contact Jane by email: janeg697@aol.com.

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