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, 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
March 7th - Management of Rhinitis (Hayfever / Allergic Rhinitis) in Manchester - Dr Tomaz Garcez, Consultant Immunologist, Manchester Royal Infirmary.
April 4th - Inhaler Technique - Graham Corday, Clement Clarke International Ltd.
May 2nd - No meeting - Bank Holiday.
If you would like more information, please email Michelle Byrne at email@example.com.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norfolk and Norwich eczema support group caters for all age groups.
For further details, email Ann Starkie at email@example.com or Sarah Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org. Catch up with the group’s news at www.facebook.com/#!/groups/212136705472382/ or visit their website norfolkandnorwicheczema.wordpress.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 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.
March: Information Afternoon at 2pm on Saturday 12 March at the Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, GU2 7YG.
*Please note the new venue*
The speaker is Dr. Susan Chan, Biomedical Research Centre Clinical Research Consultant in Paediatric Allergy. Dr Chan will speak about the ADAPT trial, which is a clinical study to find a treatment for severe eczema in children and adolescents.
New for 2015 – 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 02392 426282 or email Janeg697@aol.com.
See our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/EczemaSupportSolentSouthHampshire.