I mentioned back in February that, following my toddler’s anaphylactic reaction to peanuts, I was keen to meet other people in the same boat, for example by joining an allergy support group, or a playgroup for children with food allergies.
On Monday 6 May, I did just that. I attended a meeting of the Manchester Allergy Support Group, which is run by Michelle Byrne and supported and endorsed by the Anaphylaxis Campaign.
The Manchester Allergy Support Group meets on the first Monday of the month. As the May meeting fell on Bank Holiday Monday, it took the form of an informal group discussion. I found this really useful and am definitely planning to be a regular attendee.
The group often has guest speakers, including, for example, allergy specialists from hospitals in and around Manchester and the National Eczema Society. The next meeting, on Monday 3 June, will be a first aid session led by Laura Grewer of St John Ambulance.
For more information (and Michelle’s contact details), see:
- Manchester Support Group poster.
- Poster for the 3 June 2013 meeting – First Aid.
- The list of discussion topics for the group’s meetings throughout 2013.
For details of allergy support groups across the country, see the Anaphylaxis Campaign website.
Update (September 2013)
Please see the Events page for details of the Manchester Allergy Support Group’s forthcoming meetings.
Update (December 2013)
For more details of the speakers for 2014, see Manchester Allergy Support Group 2014.