One of the UK’s leading hair loss charities has announced details of its third annual weekend of conferences, social events and good old fashioned fun this September. This year the event, which kicks off Alopecia Awareness Month, will be held in Glasgow.
Alopecia UK’s popular Big Weekend is where numerous people affected by the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata join others with the condition as well as Alopecia UK volunteers and people who work in the industry to discuss all things related to the condition.
Alopecia Areata, while not common, does affect between one and two per cent of the population in their lifetime and many of us know or know of someone who has lost hair to it. The condition most typically presents itself as sudden, patchy hair loss, but in some cases leads to more pronounced baldness. The related conditions Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis lead to total hair loss on the head, the latter also leading to a complete lack of hair from head to toe.
Support for people with all forms of Alopecia Areata
Alopecia UK provide much-needed support to people with the condition when they need it most. Much has been written about the devastating psychological effects that many people experience when they lose their hair, and Alopecia UK are, to many, a godsend. While they don’t offer treatment for alopecia areata – for that, people aged 16+ who are affected are advised to seek out the advice of a dedicated hair loss clinic – Alopecia UK are a mine of information and have around 20 support groups dotted around the UK.
Taking place this time at a location near the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow (details to be announced), Alopecia UK’s Big Weekend will kick off on Friday 2nd September, with a relaxed evening hosted by the Glasgow Alopecia UK support group and is an ideal chance to get to know fellow visitors in a friendly, social setting. Food and drink will be available.
The rest of the programme is as follows:
Saturday, September 3
During the day there will be a conference featuring workshops, talks, demonstrations and exhibitors: Alopecia UK say that the goal of the day is to share information about the condition. While the full details of the day have yet to be finalised, organisers say that last year’s programme will give a taste of what is to come, meaning visitors could be treated to make-up demonstrations, information about the latest developments in wigs and similar events. Workshops last year included one aimed at helping people with Alopecia Areata to build emotional resilience.
Once the main conference has finished, organisers are promising “a great opportunity to chat with others” during a three-course dinner followed by a Scottish Ceilidh band. The dress theme for the night is blue, blue and more blue to reflect Alopecia UK’s signature colour.
Sunday, September 4
Alopecia UK have teamed up with an events company for a treasure hunt that will enable new friends to get to know each other a little better. It also promises to be quite an adventure because clues will be found both on land and water in the beautiful Scottish countryside around Loch Lomond. The hunt is suitable for all ages.
Tickets for the weekend can be bought from the Alopecia UK website, which also has details of a number of hotels in the area, the most convenient of them being the Radisson Blu in Argyle Street where the event will be held.
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