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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 on 0800 089 1122 or email at helpline@eczema.org.

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 and is currently compiling its meeting dates for 2014. 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.

The next meeting will be Monday 2 February 2015.

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

New Group - Handsworth Wood Eczema Support Group, Birmingham - This is a new group to Birmingham, run by Kirpal Phull, who knows just what it's like to suffer with eczema and would like to meet other eczema sufferers and carers. All welcome to come along to share tips, seek advice and support.

The group will meet at Clem Dench Scouting Centre, Hamstead Hall Road, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, B20 1HX.

The first meeting is on Saturday 7th March 2015 between 1pm and 3pm and following meetings this year will be at the same time on Saturday 6th June, Saturday 5th September and Saturday 5th December.

If you would like more information about the meeting, please contact Kirpal by email kirpal.phull@outlook.com.

Birmingham adults’ support group: This informal, friendly group of adults with eczema meets every three months, on Saturdays, 2pm-4 pm at The Priory Rooms, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF.

The date of the next meeting is to be confirmed.

For further information, contact the Society’s Helpline on 0800 089 1122 or helpline@eczema.org.

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

New - North Somerset Support Group: Annie Westaway, busy mum of a three-year old child with eczema, would like to bring together other carers of children with eczema in North Somerset to share stories, tips and support.

To do this, she is organising an informal gathering at The Bridge Inn, North End, Yatton, North Somerset, BS49 4AU on Friday 30 January 2015 from 9.30am-11.30am.

There is plenty of space and a soft play area to keep children entertained. All welcome.

Annie is hoping to hold regular meetings and would love to hear from anyone who is interested in attending and would like more information. Please email annieandrich@gmail.com.

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 25th February 2015
Wednesday 24th June 2015
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 – Self Help Group, Hackney, NE London - This is a new group, run by Fredericka Charles, a busy mum who has cared for a son with eczema and allergies, would like to share her experiences and help others.

Meetings will take place weekly from Tuesday 20th January between 1pm and 3pm at Hackney Central Library, 1 Reading Lane, London, E8 1DY.

All welcome. For more information please email Fredericka via 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.

The group fluctuates between five and 15 people according to who needs what at the time but everyone can always be accommodated and anyone outside the area is also 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.

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 below, contact Vicky Robinson via nescards@yahoo.co.uk.

The group are holding an Information Afternoon on Saturday 14 March 2015 at 2pm in the Education Room, Guildford Cathedral.

Dr Carsten Flohr, Senior Lecturer & Consultant at St John's Institute of Dermatology at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & King's College London ,will be speaking on ‘Eczema and food allergy: view from the skin.'

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* Isle of Wight - Busy mum Jacqui Towle knows how hard it is to care for a child with eczema. 

She is in the process of setting up a support group to share experiences, offer advice and information and would welcome contact from other parents or people with eczema living on the Isle of Wight. 

The date and venue of the first meeting will be advertised here as soon as this is organised but in the meantime, if you would like more information or perhaps can offer Jacquie some assistance with the group, please email her on eczemaiow@yahoo.co.uk.

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