Media Release: Tarbert hosts free epilepsy information event


TO get the facts about epilepsy, head over to the Isle of Harris Community Centre in Pier Road on Thursday 27 August from 10-11am.

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.

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 5-10 people here in Tarbert.

“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.”

The exhibition is open to islanders and visitors, all are welcome to drop by.


Notes to editor

1. Photo opportunity

Press photos can be taken at 10.30am at the Community Centre in Pier Road, Isle of Harris, HS3 3DG. 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: Allana Parker, public affairs officer, on: 0141 427 4911 or 07884 012 147.

MEDIA RELEASE issued by Epilepsy Scotland. You too can post your story ideas for journalists (aka press or media releases), on Email here for more information.

Check out for your very own media releases feed…

Check out too

To catch up on all the media releases recently posted on to, you need only click the link icon that you see towards the bottom right of our two media release ‘gateway boxes’. 

Link iconIt’s this icon, here. It’s your route straight into the rich archive.

Epilepsy Scotland contact details…

Contact: Allana Parker
Phone: 07884012147