Media Release: Oban hosts free epilepsy information and awareness training event

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TO get the facts about epilepsy, head over to the North Argyll Carers Centre in Albany Street, Oban on Tuesday 18 August from 1-4.30pm.

Epilepsy Scotland’s highly trained staff will be there to answer questions and give away useful factsheets at this information event which is free to the public.

Over at the Kilmore and Oban Church of Scotland in Glencruitten Road from 1-4pm, local health, social work, teaching and voluntary sector workers can enjoy a free epilepsy awareness training session.

The certified CPD course will update their professional knowledge and skills in supporting people with epilepsy. This awareness training is also open to any individuals with epilepsy and to their family and friends.

A free early evening seminar will address adolescent development and epilepsy.

The first session covers how epilepsy can adolescent thinking and brain development.  The second session looks at the impact of sleep deprivation on mental health and learning for teenagers with epilepsy, and considers possible solutions.

The seminar is for teenagers with epilepsy, to parents and anyone who works with young people having seizures. It runs from 5-7.30pm in the Kilmore and Oban Church of Scotland.

Epilepsy Scotland chief executive, Lesslie Young, said: “Epilepsy is a far more common condition than people realise. It affects one person in every 97 of the Scottish population and over 100 people here in Oban.

“We know, from calls to our helpline, that a diagnosis of epilepsy impacts not just a person’s physical health but their emotional and mental wellbeing as well.

“Our innovative ‘Bridging the Gap’ project provides more than free information events across Scotland to help people learn the basics about epilepsy.

“Through our awareness training, school talks and seminars we aim to equip many others to respond appropriately as situations arise.”

Anyone wishing to attend the epilepsy awareness training or evening seminar must book in advance to reserve a free place by calling 0141 427 4911 or emailing


Notes to editor

1.Photo opportunity

Press photos can be taken at 2pm at North Argyll Carers Centre, PA34 4AL and at the Kilmore and Oban Church of Scotland PA34 4DN. Epilepsy Scotland’s contact officers will be available for interview beforehand and 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 97 people. We represent the estimated 54,000 people with epilepsy, their families and carers. Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers support and information. People can email (, text 07786 209501, find us on facebook, use twitter @epilepsy_scot or visit:

3. For more details please contact: Jean Senior, Contact Officer on 0141 427 4911 or Allana Parker, public affairs officer, on: 0141 419 1701 or 07884 012 147.

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Epilepsy Scotland contact details…

Contact: Allana Parker
Phone: 07884012147