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UK support groups

Only the UK support groups that we are aware of are listed here. Please help us to keep the list up to date - If you have started a new group, a group has been cancelled or if any details listed below are incorrect please contact us at helpline@hepctrust.org.uk or call the Helpline on 0845 223 4424 (10:30am - 4:30pm).

DERBYSHIRE

DEVON

EAST SUSSEX

GREATER LONDON

HUMBERSIDE

KENT

LANCASHIRE

NORFOLK

N.IRELAND

OXFORDSHIRE

SOMERSET

WEST SUSSEX

WILTSHIRE

YORKSHIRE

SCOTLAND

MIDLOTHIAN

NORTH LANARKSHIRE

TAYSIDE

WALES

DERBYSHIRE

CHESTERFIELD

Hep C support group
Every Monday from 2pm-3:30pm at:

Springwell House
Hope Springs Recovery Centre
Newbold Rd
Chesterfield, S41 7PB

Please call Martin 01246 540 431 for further details

DEVON

EXETER

The Exeter Liver Support Group is based at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. They meet on the second Tuesday of each month in the Medical Outpatients Department. The meetings are very informal and we cover all types of liver disease. All are welcome: patients, former patients, family, friends and medical staff. They are fortunate to have consultants and specialist nurses involved in the group.

Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/exeter.liversupport/

Or contact Jim at jimbaker87@gmail.com or on 07840 737 439.

EAST SUSSEX

BRIGHTON

Upstairs at the Guarana Bar on 36 Sydney Street.
Every first Sunday of the month, 2pm-4pm
Call the British Liver Trust for details on 0800 652 7330

Email: carli@susumama.co.uk

EASTBOURNE

Support group set up by an ex-volunteer at The Hepatitis C Trust.

Thursdays at 4pm

CRI
Lift House
6 St. Leonards Road
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN21 3UH

For more information telephone CRI on 01323 410092.

GREATER LONDON

LONDON

The Hepatitis C Trust runs three support groups at its offices in London:
Mixed group, Women’s group, Living with C (for people not on treatment).

Click here for dates and times.

If you are interested in attending this group, please contact Samantha May on 020 7089 6220 or by email samantha.may@hepctrust.org.uk to find out more.

OTHER LONDON GROUPS/SUPPORT

King's College Hospital
Patient Support Group
Hepatitis United Group (HUG)

Call 0203 299 5802 for more information.

Terence Higgins Trust run a regular London group for gay men co-infected with HIV and HCV. To find out more please call Groupworks for gay men on 020 7812 1516, email groupworklondon@tht.org.uk or book online at www.gmfa.org.uk.

HUMBERSIDE

GRIMSBY

Held every Wednesday at Body Positive, 142a Victoria Street from 10:30am-1pm.

One to one support, arrangements made for testing and appointments, outreach.

Please email Tina or Roger at tuckertribe3@yahoo.co.uk or phone 0753 006 3465 for more information.

KENT

CANTERBURY & WHITSTABLE

The South East Kent Hepatitis Patient Support Group is open to anyone affected by hepatitis B or C, including carers.

The group offers the chance to meet others in similar circumstances and the opportunity to share coping strategies and receive moral support.

Please e-mail us if you are interested in meeting or would just like a chat.They are based around Canterbury and Whitstable.

E-mail hepatitiscandb@gmail.com for further details.

LANCASHIRE

BLACKPOOL

Renaissance, 102 Dickson Road, Blackpool, FY1 2BU.

Telephone: Cheryl Davison 01253 311431.

Group is held the last Friday of every month.

It is a drop in between 1.30pm-3pm and is very informal for people living with hepatitis C or affected by the virus e.g. partners, family members etc. It is a sit and chat and individuals are welcome to have a one to one discussion with a worker or volunteer if they do not wish to join in a group.

NORFOLK

NORWICH

Hep C Norfolk

10 Cathedral Street, Norwich NR1 1LX
Meets first Saturday of each month 10:30am-1pm

Call Richard on 01328 820657
or email info@hepcnorfolk.org website www.hepcnorfolk.org

N.IRELAND

N.Ireland

N.Ireland Hepatitis B And C Managed Clinical Network

info@hepbandcni.net.

Tel: 02890633335 or 07788883457.

Website: www.rhvliversupportgroup.org

Their main work is to provide support and advice to patients with liver disease and their families throughout Northern Ireland. The Support Group has volunteer members around Northern Ireland. The main aim of the Group is to offer support and understanding not only to patients but also to relatives and friends. We endeavour to raise awareness of and combat the stigma associated with liver disease in all its forms.

(The group is meeting once every 3 month. Call or email for details.)

The support group Provides:

-Free and confidential advice and understanding.

-A listening ear, whether you need one phone call or long term support. They can ring back, write to you or, if you prefer they can arrange for someone to meet with you.

- Literature and leaflets focussing on many different aspects of liver disease.

- Financial assistance in certain circumstances in line with strict criteria.

OXFORDSHIRE

OXFORD

Oxford Hepatitis C Support Group

Welcomes all those with hepatitis C and those who support someone who has the virus.

Meets on the third Wednesday each month 6:30pm-8:30pm.

West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Rd – near to bus stops and Oxford station.

Contact: oxfordhepcsupp@yahoo.co.uk

SOMERSET

BRISTOL

Bristol Hepatitis C Support Group

Bristol Drugs Project (BDP), Brunswick Court, 11 Brunswick Square, Bristol BS2 8PE

Held on Monday evenings from 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

The group will not take place on bank holidays.

Contact us on 0751 620 8859
or BDP on 0117 987 6000

Email: info@bdp.org.uk

Ask to speak to hepatitis C nurse Cath Wolf 0777 1941 776

You can also get in touch with Mark Macdonald via email: lakun61@gmail.com

About:

The group is an informal gathering run by people who have hepatitis C experiences to share. It offers a safe, confidential environment to discuss thoughts, feelings and experiences about living with hepatitis C before, during or after treatment.

WESTON SUPER MARE

Support group is open to anyone who would like information or support around transmission, testing and treatment.

Held on Mondays from 3pm-4:30pm

Call: 01934 4279 40

Addaction
35 Boulevard
Weston Super Mare
North Somerset, BS23 1PE

They can also refer people interested in swab testing for BBVs, please call 01934 427 940 for further details.

WILTSHIRE

SWINDON

Hep C Positive

An informal group aiming to provide support and information for people whose lives are affected by the Hepatitis C virus

Mondays - 6:30pm-8:30pm
Broadgreen Community Centre, Salisbury Street, Swindon SN1 2AN
Contact: Tel: 07580 025116 or email: hepcpositive@swads.org,uk

YORKSHIRE

SHEFFIELD

The Forge Centre, 3 Headford Gardens, Sheffield, S3 7XB

Meets on alternative Wednesdays between 5:30pm-7:30pm

The group offers advice and information on hepatitis C, peer support, food and refreshments.

Please contact Thea at the Forge Centre on 07920 087 556 for further information.

Email: thea.williams@sheffield.gov.uk

SCOTLAND

Hepatitis Scotland

0800 224 488

www.hepatitisscotland.org.uk

MIDLOTHIAN

EDINBURGH

Waverley Care 0131 558 1425 (info@waverleycare.org)

C Plus offers information, support and advice to anyone affected by Hepatitis C in Edinburgh and Lothian. We provide one to one support, group support, peer support, excursions and information sessions, signposting to external organisations and lifestyle change and management. Support groups are every Wednesday, 12:00noon-2:30pm and a light lunch and complementary therapies are available.

C Plus

14-18 Hill Street

Edinburgh

EH2 3JZ

Tel: 0131 478 7929

Or call Anne Findlay: 0776 07555 13

Email: cplus@addaction.org.uk

Call Jen Langford on: 0743 5787430

Forth Valley

C4TH - patient and family network, call 0774 2407839 from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

fvc4th@aol.com

NORTH LANARKSHIRE

MOTHERWELL

Positive Support offers information, support and advice to those affected by hepatitis C and/or HIV in Lanarkshire.

They provide one to one support with a dedicated project worker, who can assist you to access treatment services, signpost to external organisations and help with lifestyle change and management.

South- first Tuesday of the month between 1pm-3pm.

North - last Wednesday of the month 12noon- 2.30pm.

Positive Support
Room 2.10
Dalziel Building
Motherwell
ML1 1PN

Debbie 07760 755 513 or our office number 01698 337195

TAYSIDE

Hepatitis C Patient and Family Support Group
Body Positive Tayside
Call Ron Christie on 01382 226 860 for more information

Email: admin@bodypositivetayside.org
Website: www.bodypositivetayside.org

WALES

West Wales Blood Borne Virus Service

Offering support to clients with hepatitis of HIV in Carmarthenshire. The staff work closely with the NHS Blood Borne Virus clinical specialist nurses within Hywel Dda Health Board.

37 Ty Myrddin

Old Station Road

Carmarthen

SA 37 7LP

Contact liaison workers Julia Amsbury and Claire Chester.

Tel: 07792 997703 & 07900 901127

Email: WWBBVService@gwalia.com