TO get the latest facts about epilepsy, head over to the Atholl Centre on Atholl Road, Pitlochry, on Wednesday 18 November. Epilepsy Scotland staff will hold a free awareness training session from 12.30pm – 3.30pm.
This no-cost certified CPD course will benefit health and social care, teaching and voluntary sector workers who want to update their professional knowledge and skills in supporting people with epilepsy.
The session is also open to individuals with epilepsy and to their family and friends.
That same afternoon, Pitlochry High School pupils will hear more about how common epilepsy is and how it affects people.
Youth development worker, Zoe Reid, will also explain some of the ways pupils can help a classmate who has or develops seizures.
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 nearly 30 people here in Pitlochry.
“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 across Scotland to help people learn the basics about epilepsy.
“Through our awareness training, school talks and local exhibitions we aim to equip many others to respond appropriately as situations arise.”
Anyone wishing to attend the epilepsy awareness training can book 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 12.30pm at the Atholl Centre, Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX. Epilepsy Scotland’s trainer and epilepsy social worker, Michael Adair, 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 54,000 people with epilepsy, their families and carers. Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers support and information. People can email (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 419 1701 or 07884 012 147.
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