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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 or 07906 131888.

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.  

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, anaphylaxis and allergies.

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

Next meeting: Monday 4 February

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 no longer has regular meetings, but the founder, Marlene, welcomes local enquiries and is happy to offer support. Please contact Marlene Hochstrasser by email info@thedevonallergyclinic.co.uk or by phone on 01803 401001.

South East

Kingston and Richmond support group

This group no longer meets regularly, however, eczema sufferer Lulu O’Hagan, who runs the group’s Facebook page, welcomes local enquiries: www.facebook.com/eczemasupport.

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 by e-mail at nescards@yahoo.co.uk.

Haywards Heath

There are no plans to hold any meetings at present. Founder Christine Clark welcomes local enquiries and is happy to offer support and advice. Please contact Christine by e-mail at p.clark421@btinternet.com.