Here’s your chance to find out more about epilepsy. Just drop by The Town Hall, Castle Douglas on Wednesday 3 June from 2.30pm – 6.30pm when national charity Epilepsy Scotland is holding an information event.
Staff will tell you about the range of services on offer including a freephone helpline, website, information and leaflets. There will also be a general awareness talk on epilepsy from 5-6pm where any specific questions you have can be raised.
The organisation also provides training in understanding and managing epilepsy. It helps raise awareness of epilepsy by giving talks to schools and community groups. It also campaigns for better healthcare and is lobbying health boards, including NHS Dumfries and Galloway, to increase the number of specialist nurses.
Epilepsy Link Officer Craig Blair is encouraging people living in and around the Dumfries and Galloway area to come along. He said: “In this area there are few services to support people who have epilepsy. Having this common neurological condition can often be an isolating experience. Our services can make a difference for people and their families. We hope many will come to meet us and share their experiences. If you want to learn about epilepsy, we look forward to seeing you there!”
Notes to editor
1. Photo opportunity
A photo call will be held at Town Hall Castle Douglas at 3pm. Epilepsy Link Officer, Craig Blair and Training Manager Grant Wright are available for interview beforehand and will also be at the event.
2. Epilepsy Scotland works with people affected by epilepsy to ensure that their voice is heard. We campaign for improved healthcare, better information provision and an end to stigma. This common serious neurological condition affects one in 130 people. We represent nearly 40,000 Scots with epilepsy, their families and carers. In NHS Dumfries and Galloway 1,140 people have epilepsy.
3. Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers advice, support and information. People can email (firstname.lastname@example.org), text 07786 209501, or download information from our website: www.epilepsyscotland.org.ukOur freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers advice, support and information is available from our website: www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk
4. For more details please contact: Craig Blair, Epilepsy Link Officer on 0141 427 4911 or Allana Parker, Communications Manager on: 0141 419 1701 or 07884 012 147.
Contact: Allana Parke
Phone: 0141 419 1701 or 07884 012 147