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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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:
August 1st - Life with Alopecia. Getting Beneath the Skin; How Nutritional Therapy Can Help Manage Eczema (Laura Johnson; alopeciaonline.org),
September 5th - First Aid Training (Laura Grewer; St John Ambulance)
October 3rd - Anaphylaxis (Dr Neill Hughes; Consultant in Accident and Emergency, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust)
November 7th Title to be Announced (Dr Tomaz Garcez; Consultant Immunologist, Manchester Royal Infirmary)
December 5th Informal Sharing
If you would like more information, please email Michelle Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Group – 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 meet every two to three months and vary their location in West Yorkshire so people from a wider area benefit.
Next meeting – Thursday 22nd September – St Philips Community Centre, Briarlyn Rd, Birchencliffe, Huddersfield, HD3 3NL.
Speaker: Kathryn Humphreys, Training Coordinator, National Eczema Society – ‘Living with Eczema, tips and advice on how to cope with this condition in the home and the role of the National Eczema Society’
If you would like to find out more, please contact Les Griffiths by email email@example.com.
New Group - Huddersfield – ‘Itchie Titchies’
This new group is aimed at parents and carers of children under 5 with eczema. Are you are feeling alone, tired and frustrated caring for a little one with eczema and would like to meet other people in a similar position?
If so, this new group could help. The venue is Yorkshire Children’s Centre, Brian Jackson House, New North Parade, Huddersfield, HD1 5JP.
Meetings will take place on a Wednesday morning 10am -12 every four weeks. Here are the dates of the upcoming meetings: 27th July.
For more information, please contact Kelle Myers on 01484 519988 Ext 240 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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’.
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 Nurse Sheila Richards on 0121 333 8229.
New Group: Birmingham Support Group
The first meeting of this new group will be on Monday 25th July, 5.30pm to 7pm, at the Boston Tea Party, 190 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6QD. The group will then meet on the last Monday of every month, same time, same venue.
Founder Mandeep Bansi says ‘Living with eczema can be lonely and difficult, but with the Birmingham Eczema Support Group you are no longer alone! We are a welcoming, supportive group open to eczema sufferers of all ages. Whether you’re seeking support for yourself or someone you know, come along and chat with fellow eczema sufferers in a relaxed, comfortable environment’.
For more information, contact Mandeep at email@example.com. Facebook page: Me, Myself and Eczema.
Norfolk and Norwich eczema support group caters for all age groups.
For further details, email Ann Starkie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Ward at email@example.com. Catch up with the group’s news at www.facebook.com/#!/groups/212136705472382/ or visit their website norfolkandnorwicheczema.wordpress.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
Dates of 2016 meetings to be confirmed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solent South Hampshire Eczema Support Group
Regular meetings are planned to share positive experiences and copying 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 hope 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.