TO get the facts about epilepsy, head over to the Tesco store in Latheron Lane, Ullapool on Tuesday 25 August from 2-4pm.
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.
Earlier in the day, from 10am-1pm at the Ceilidh Place in West Argyle Street, 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.
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 between 15-20 people here in Ullapool.
“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 must book in advance to reserve a free place by calling 0141 427 4911 or emailing IStewart@epilepsyscotland.org.uk
Notes to editor
1. Photo opportunity
Press photos can be taken at 2.30pm at the Tesco store in Latheron Lane, Ullapool, IV26 2XB and at 11am the Ceilidh Palace, 12-14 West Argyle Street, Ullapool, IV26 2TY. 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 (email@example.com), text 07786 209501, find us on facebook, use twitter @epilepsy_scot or visit: www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk
3. For more details please contact: Allana Parker, public affairs officer, on: 0141 427 4911 or 07884 012 147.
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