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Support Groups

Many people affected by a liver condition find it helpful to speak to others and share experiences. Meeting face to face can really help and the British Liver Trust facilitates a number of support groups across the UK. These groups can be a real lifeline.

The list below contains both British Liver Trust groups and other related charity support groups which you are very welcome to join. Do call or email them to see if they can help.

Many groups have strong relationships with medical staff and invited health professionals to give talks and answer questions. Groups can be disease specific or more general and usually offer members a mixture of events. They are led by volunteers with first hand experience of liver disease, either patients themselves, carers or health professionals.

We are always looking for ways to expand our support network and set up new British Liver Trust groups. If you are interested in starting a support group in your area, please get in touch. For more information email support@britishlivertrust.org.ukor call 01425 481320.

If you are connected with a support group which you would like to include on our website, or to change any information about your group, please email info@britishlivertrust.org.uk.

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Select an area:

Addenbrooke’s Liver Transplant Association (ALTA)

www.alta.org.uk
info@alta.org.uk

AIH Support

Online forum for anyone affected by AIH

www.autoimmunehepatitis.org.uk
Ann Brownlee
admin@autoimmunehepatitis.org.uk

Alpha-1 Awareness

Online information and support for those with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin deficiency.

www.alpha1awareness.org.uk

info@Alpha1Awareness.org.uk

Alpha-1 UK Support Group

Online forum, information and support for anyone affected by Alpha-1 Antitrypsin deficiency.

www.alpha1.org.uk

infoalpha1uk@googlemail.com

Basildon & Thurrock Hep C Community Group

Meets the last Thursday of each month.
Please call 0845 155 3111 Ext 3078 for details

Bath Community Liver Support Group

Meets on the 3rd Monday of the month (except bank holidays) from 6.30pm in Gastroenterology Department waiting area, Ward B57, Royal United Hospital Bath, BA1 3NG.

Sara Gardner
Fiona Ladd
Claire Weaver

ruh-tr.hepatology@nhs.net

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/532689996843485/

Blackburn Hep C Support

First Thursday of every month at the Jarman Centre 53 St James Street Blackburn BB1 6BE
Tony Shea
01254 283430
tony.shea@lancashire.nhs.uk

Bristol Hepatitis C

Meets at Bristol Drugs Project, Brunswick Court, Brunswick Square, Bristol BS2 8PE
Every Monday (except bank holidays) 6.00pm to 7.30pm
0117 987 6000
07516 208859

Bristol Liver Support

Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at Liver Outpatients 6-8pm, Bristol Royal Infirmary.
Amy Williams
0117 3422067
amy.williams@UHBristol.nhs.uk
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/824310080914823/

C Change Support Group Bath

Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month 2-4pm at Space 2, New King Street Bath or
1st Tuesday of each month 7.30-9.30pm at The Information Takeaway, Monmouth Street, Bath  BA1 2AN
Joe Rowan
jrowan@nhs.net
07875 366004

C Level Support

Moira Washington
moira.washington@waverleycare.org
gordon.peacock@waverleycare.org
will.scott@waverleycare.org
0141 332 2520

C Plus (Edinburgh)

Jen Langford
j.langford@addaction.org.uk

Cardiff Liver Support Group

Lisa Parry
lisaparry06@aol.com
02920 623598

Club Soda

An organisation that provides a blog, events and courses to support people to change their drinking habits.
https://www.joinclubsoda.co.uk/
laura@joinclubsoda.co.uk

Cornwall Liver Support

Meets on the 4th Monday of the month 12-1.30pm at Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro TR1 3DH.
Carol Kavanagh
carolkav55@gmail.com
07999 573844
Ian Manwaring
ianmanwaring@yahoo.com
01209 211449

Facebook group (Liver-ish Allsorts):  https://www.facebook.com/groups/559485634168975/

Derby General Support Group

Group meets on first Monday of every month in the Education Suite of the Education Centre of Derby General Hospital between 2-4pm. General group for all conditions.
Gerri Mortimore
James Baggaley
Pam Smith (Secretary)
01332 786543 / 07505 002886 / 01332 785424

Essex Liver Support Group

Group meets once a month at the Methodist Church in Chelmsford.
Debbie Eady
deb.eady@ntlworld.com
essex.liversupport@ntlworld.com
01799 501869

Exeter Liver Support Group

Meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the Medical Outpatients Department at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.
Jim Baker
jimbaker87@gmail.com
01363 773807 / 07840 737 439
Facebook group available: http://www.facebook.com/groups/exeter.liversupport/

Grantham Addaction

www.addaction.org.uk/lincolnshire
Toni-Anne Washbrook
t.washbrook@addaction.org.uk

Haemochromatosis Merseyside North West

www.haemochromatosis-merseyside-nw.org.uk
Marguerite Smith
0776 804 2802
margueritesmith@blueyonder.co.uk

Haemochromatosis West Midlands Support Group

Kieran Lynch
0121 457 8986
info@haemochromatosiswm.org.uk
www.haemochromatosiswm.org.uk

Healthy C (Llanelli)

Support for patients and their friends and families
Meets first Tuesday of every month 5-7pm in the Prism building, Old Parish Hall, Llanelli.
Nicola Reeve
nicola.reeve@wales.nhs.uk
07977486665 / 01554 783535

Hep C Nomads (national)

www.hepcnomads.co.uk

Hep C Norfolk

Meets the first Saturday of each month in central Norwich (see their website for details).
www.hepcnorfolk.org
Richard Coates 01328 820657
Andrew 01603 440800
info@hepc.org

Hep C Positive Swindon

Meets on Mondays 6.30-8.30pm at Broadgreen Community Centre, Salisbury Street, Swindon SN1 2AN.
An informal group aiming to provide support and information for those affected by Hepatitis C.
hepcpositive@swads.org.uk

Hep C Trust Support Groups (national)

Sam
helpline@hepctrust.org.uk
0845 223 4424

Hepatitis Foundation Brighton

Luqman Onikosi
07500 585269
luqmanonikosi@gmail.com

ICP Support (national)

www.icpsupport.org
Jenny Chambers
Magdalen Rees
supportline@icpsupport.org

Isle of Wight Liver Support

Elaine Baxendale
01983 526654

Kaleidoscope

Meet monthly at The Junction, Cedar House, Station Rd, Chepstow, NP16 5PB
Kelly
antoinettekelly@btinternet.com
01291 409528

Leeds Hepatitis C Support

Meets the last Monday of the month between 2-4pm at Unit 68, Brussels Street, Leeds.
Mandy Wallis (practice nurse)
amanda.wallis@nhs.net
Telephone: 0113 295 4840

Lifeline Project – York

Meets alternate Thursdays 11.30-12.30pm
Lifeline project, 3 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AU
Sonia
01904 464680

Lincoln Alcohol Recovery Group

Paul Newton
p.newton@addaction.org.uk
07824 526314

LIVAGAIN Liver Cancer Support Group

Group meets bi-monthly at the Cancer Health Centre
Heather Mann
info@sechc.org.uk
020 8668 0974

LIVErNORTH

www.livernorth.org.uk
Joan Bedlington
Tilly
info@livernorth.org.uk
0191 370 2961

Manchester Royal Infirmary Liver Patients Support Group

Meets at Manchester Royal Infirmary
Esther Pears
esther.pears@cmft.nhs.uk
0161 276 8772

Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group

Group meets bi-monthly at the Norfolk and Norwich University hospital, Jack Prior Unit, Room 25, Level 3.
Marjorie Dingle
marjorie.dingle@hotmail.com
01362 695624

Northamptonshire Liver Support Group

David Walker
info@northamptonshireliversupport.org
07801 399218

PBC Foundation

PBC Foundation
0131 556 6811
info@pbcfoundation.org.uk
www.pbcfoundation.org.uk

Plymouth Friends of Liver Lifeline

Meets 4th Thursday of every month from 6pm at Derriford Leisure Centre, Derriford Hospital, PL6 8DH
www.friendsofliverlifeline.co.uk
Sheila & Stephen Connolly
sheilaconnolly@talktalk.net
01752 934942
Michael Stratford
stratford.michael227@gmail.com
01752 317672

Portsmouth Hepatitis Support Group

Danny Sullivan
02392 297364

Portsmouth Liver Group

Meets weekly at St Mary’s Recovery Centre (formerly Block C), Milton, Portsmouth 11am-2pm .
Offers one-on-one support and counselling for those with Hep C.
Lee Devereux
07503 348338

PSC Support (national)

www.pscsupport.org.uk
Martine Walmsley
martine@pscsupport.org.uk

Queen Elizabeth Liver Patients Support Group

Meets at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Alan Hyde
liversupport@blueyonder.co.uk
www.uhblsg.org.uk
01902 679333

RLUBH Liver Support

Meets 4th Monday of each month in the Gastroenterology Lecture Theatre (opposite clinic L)  6.15-7.30pm
Royal Liverpool Broadgreen University Hospital Liver Support
Jayne Wilkie
0151 285 4586

Royal Victoria Hospital Liver Support Group

www.rvhliversupportgroup.org
Donald Cairnduff
dcairnduff@msn.com
07701 029347

Second Chance – Liver & Kidney Support

Southend Liver and Kidney Support Group
Weekly group meetings for anyone affected by liver or kidney disease and/or transplantation
Mike Buss
Tel: 07958 352243
mbuss242@icloud.com

Sheffield Hep C Support

Provides advice, information and peer support. Meets fortnightly at 3 Headford Gardens, Sheffield, S3 7XB.
Thea Williams
thea.williams@sheffield.gov.uk
0114 273 5245
07920 087556

Southend Hepatitis C Peer Support Group

A CRI Gateway service meets every Friday at 2pm.
Nick
sajid.mahmood@cri.org.uk
01702 613392

St James’s Liver Transplant Support Group

www.stjamesltsg.org
Janet Atherton
athertonjanet@aol.com
lindave@ntlworld.com
07864 521213

Swanswell

A national alcohol and drug charity that helps people make lifestyle changes.

Swanswell
Suite 5, Hilton House, Corporation Street, Rugby, CV21 2DN
01788 559 400
admin@swanswell.org
Website: www.swanswell.org

Teeside Hepatitis C support

Meets weekly at the following venues:
Thursdays 5-6.30pm at Hope North East, 112-114 Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2DY
Tuesdays 1-2pm at Netherfield Community Centre, Fulbeck Road, Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 0RN
Jane Gibson
janegibson@stees.nhs.uk

The Haemochromatosis Society (national)

www.haemochromatosis.org.uk
office@haemochromatosis.org.uk
Advice line: 03030 401102

The Recovery Partnership – Coventry

Health and Wellbeing group for Hepatitis C and co-infected patients. Meets first Thursday of every month 1.30pm – 3pm at 8 Ironmonger Row, Coventry CV1 1FD.

Sarah Coleman
s.coleman@cw-recovery.org.uk
01789 206770

The Recovery Partnership – Rugby

Health and Wellbeing group for Hepatitis C and co-infected patients. Meets third Wednesday of every month 1.30pm – 3pm at 1 Regent Place, Rugby, CV21 2PJ

Sarah Coleman
s.coleman@cw-recovery.org.uk
01789 206770

Warrington Hepatitis C support

Meets alternate Mondays 1-2pm at Pathways, CRI Warrington, 14-16 Bold Street, Warrington, WA1 1DL
support@britishlivertrust.org.uk

Wilson’s Disease Support Group (national)

www.wilsonsdisease.org.uk
Valerie Wheater
Linda Hart
linda@wilsonsdisease.org.uk
01233 364982

Worcester Hep C Support Group

Karen Taylor
Hilary Orr

hilary.orr@worcsacute.nhs.uk
07879 475359
07770 703831