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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 or 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


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Addenbrooke’s Liver Transplant Association (ALTA)

AIH Support

Online forum for anyone affected by AIH
Ann Brownlee

Alpha-1 Awareness

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

Alpha-1 UK Support Group

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


Online support forum for anyone affected by Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer)

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

Facebook group:

Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Haemochromatosis Support Group
Marguerite Smith
0776 804 2802

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

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
07875 366004

C Level Support

Moira Washington
0141 332 2520

Cardiff Liver Support Group

Lisa Parry
02920 623598

Club Soda

An organisation that provides a blog, events and courses to support people to change their drinking habits.

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
07999 573844
Ian Manwaring
01209 211449

Facebook group (Liver-ish Allsorts):

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

Edinburgh Alcohol Related Liver Group

Alcohol liver condition group. Meets quarterly in the evening at the Serenity Café, The Tun, 8 Jacksons Entry, Edinburgh EH8, 8PJ.
Amy Caffrey
07824 056686

Edinburgh Genetic /Rare Liver Group for young people

Young persons group. Meets in the Serenity Café, The Tun, 8 Jacksons Entry, Edinburgh, EH8 8PJ.

Amy Caffrey
07824 056686

Edinburgh Genetic/Rare Liver Condition Group

Adult group. Meetings will be from 6-8pm in the Serenity Café, The Tun, 8 Jacksons Entry, Edinburgh, EH8 8PJ.

Amy Caffrey
07824 056686

Edinburgh Pre & Post Liver Transplant Support Group

Meets quarterly at Simpson House, 52 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 3NS from 12noon to 2pm
Amy Caffrey
07824 056686

Essex Liver Support Group

Group meets once a month at the Methodist Church in Chelmsford.
Debbie Eady
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
01363 773807 / 07840 737 439
Facebook group available:

Forth Valley Support Group

This is a generic liver support group open to patients, carers and family members. This group runs quarterly at The Hub,  45 Vicar St, Falkirk FK1 1LL.
Amy Caffrey
07824 056686

Glasgow Pre & Post Transplant Liver Group

Meets quarterly at Touchbase, Milnpark Street, Glasgow G41 from 12noon to 2pm.

Amy Caffrey
07824 056686

Glasgow Rare/Genetic/Autoimmune Liver Conditions Group

This group is open to patients, family members and carers affected by a rare, genetic or autoimmune liver condition. The group runs quarterly in The Connal Building, 34 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1DA
Amy Caffrey
07824 056686

Glasgow Waverley Care Hep C Support Group

This is a peer support group, facilitated in conjunction with Waverley Care in Glasgow. It is held on the last Thursday of every month at Waverley Care, 12 Queens Crescent, Glasgow, G4 9AS.
Amy Caffrey
07824 056686

Grantham Addaction

Haemochromatosis West Midlands Support Group

Meets twice per year. Next meeting Saturday 21 November 2015 from 10.30am in the Small Hall, St Nicolas Centre, Kings Norton, Birmingham B38 8RU. For full details contact Kieran as below.

Kieran Lynch
0121 457 8986

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.

Hep C Trust Support Groups (London)

Meets at the Hep C Trust offices, 27 Crosby Row, London SE1 3YD. Informal support and information meetings run every other Monday except bank holidays. All welcome at 6pm for refreshments with meeting from 6.30pm to 7.45pm.

0845 223 4424
0207 089221


Hepatitis B Positive

Website and information line for people with Hepatitis B
0800 206 1899

Hepatitis Foundation Brighton

Luqman Onikosi
07500 585269

ICP Support (national)
Magdalen Rees

Isle of Wight Liver Support

Elaine Baxendale
01983 526654

Joint Family Liver Support Group

Group offering joint support to individuals living with an alcohol or drug related liver condition and their family members. The group is being run in partnership with Scottish Families (SFAD) and will offer a range of social activities as well as opportunities to share experiences with others in a similar position. 

Meets in the Serenity Café, The Tun, 8 Jacksons Entry, Edinburgh EH8 8PJ.
Amy Caffrey
07824 056686


Meet monthly at The Junction, Cedar House, Station Rd, Chepstow, NP16 5PB
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)
Telephone: 0113 295 4840

Lincoln Alcohol Recovery Group

Paul Newton
07824 526314

LIVAGAIN Liver Cancer Support Group

Group meets bi-monthly at the Cancer Health Centre
Heather Mann
020 8668 0974

Joan Bedlington
0191 370 2961

Manchester Royal Infirmary Liver Patients Support Group

Meets at Manchester Royal Infirmary
Esther Pears
0161 276 8772

Newport & Gwent Liver Support

Group for all types of liver condition. Liver patients, their carers and families welcome. Meetings will be held in The Chapel, St Woolos Hospital, Stow Hill, Newport, NP20 4SZ.

Next meeting will be held on 21 July 2016 from 6pm to 8pm. For further details contact:

Non Richards
07824 056692

NHSBT Liver Patient Group

NHS Blood and Transplant Liver patient group. Meets at the Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ. Contact below for dates and times of next meeting.
Kamann Huang
01179 757422 Extension 37422


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
01362 695624

Northamptonshire Liver Support Group

David Walker
07801 399218

Northern Ireland Transplant Association

Information and support for Transplantees living in Northern Ireland.
07926 060491

Paisley Pre & Post Liver Transplant Support Group

This group is open to all patients and their carers and family members. Meets quarterly in Paisley Abbey PA1 1JG.
Amy Caffrey
07824 056686

PBC Foundation

PBC Foundation
0131 556 6811

Plymouth Friends of Liver Lifeline

Meets 4th Thursday of every month from 6pm at Derriford Leisure Centre, Derriford Hospital, PL6 8DH
Sheila & Stephen Connolly
01752 934942
Michael Stratford
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)

Information, research and support for anyone affected by PSC
Helpline: 01235 253545

Queen Elizabeth Liver Patients Support Group

Meets at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Alan Hyde
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
Donald Cairnduff
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

Sheffield Hep C Support

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


Articles, chatroom, life stories and information on alcohol reduction. Membership fee may be required.
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Southend Hepatitis C Peer Support Group

A CRI Gateway service meets every Friday at 2pm.
01702 613392

St James’s Liver Transplant Support Group
Janet Atherton
07864 521213


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

Suite 5, Hilton House, Corporation Street, Rugby, CV21 2DN
01788 559 400

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

The Haemochromatosis Society (national)
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
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
01789 206770

Torquay Hep C support

Group not currently running but some support is available at Torbay Hospital. If you need support or are interested in forming a support group in this area please contact

Warrington Hepatitis C support

Meets alternate Mondays 1-2pm at Pathways, CRI Warrington, 14-16 Bold Street, Warrington, WA1 1DL

Wilson’s Disease Support Group (national)
Valerie Wheater
Linda Hart
01233 364982

Worcester Hep C Support Group

Karen Taylor
Hilary Orr
07879 475359
07770 703831