Media Release: Network, educate, work together

ORGANISATIONS supporting people in the Helensburgh area are giving out more information on local services.

Lead agency, Epilepsy Scotland, expects scores to attend a ‘Network, Educate, Work Together’ open event on Wednesday 18 May from 12.30-3pm in the United Reform Church, West Princes Street.

At least 115 people in the town have epilepsy and this partnership event allows them, their families and carers to come along and find out what help is available. The afternoon event is being held in National Epilepsy Week (15-21 May) and its key theme is information and how it empowers people to make choices.

Epilepsy Scotland staff will share details about their range of services including one to one support,  a freephone helpline, website, information, leaflets, training and an outreach service.  Other organisations taking part in the open event include Argyll Community Housing Association, Alzheimers Scotland, Womens Aid and Argyll Voluntary Action.

Services manager, Debbie MacKinnon, is encouraging people to take part and share their views. She said: “People tell us how hard it is to cope with a diagnosis of epilepsy. Often, individuals rarely know anyone else with the same condition. We want to hear about the kind of help you think is needed in this area. And also link you with other kinds of local support .

“Whether you are an employer, a health or social care worker, or someone affected by disability or epilepsy, here’s your chance to find out more about the services available in your local area!”


Notes to editor

* Photo opportunity – A photo call will be held in United Reform Church, West Princes Street, Helensburgh at 1pm. Community support manager, Debbie MacKinnon, is available for interview beforehand and at the event.

* 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 the 40,000 people with epilepsy, their families and carers. Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers advice, support and information.  People can email (, text 07786 209501, or download information from our website:

* For more details please contact: or Debbie MacKinnon or Allana Parker, communications manager : 0141 427 4911 or 07884 012 147.

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