“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Epilepsy Futures – the opportunity to see life differently

An exciting new project funded by the Big Lottery Fund, this 3 year service will seek to help equip and empower people who have a diagnosis of epilepsy, who are aged 18+ and who live in Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Forth Valley, and Ayrshire & Arran.

This service has been set up because we recognise the impact a diagnosis of epilepsy can have on an individual, affecting their confidence, their community connections and their sense of who they are.

We are looking to hear from people:

  • with a diagnosis of epilepsy,
  • aged 18+ living in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Forth Valley or Ayrshire & Arran
  • who can travel to our office base in central Glasgow
  • and, who are ready to engage in a six month supported programme of positive action

How will it work?

Epilepsy Futures will consist of a programme of activities delivered by Epilepsy Connections’ staff, volunteers— people with epilepsy themselves—and partner agencies.

The programme will run for 3 days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) for a maximum of 6 months and will include workshops on epilepsy self-management, managing mental health, confidence building, healthy lifestyle, and planning change.

Futures will also offer support to access other local learning and social opportunities, including college courses, going to the gym, walking groups, gardening, healthy eating—whatever you want to have a go at, we’ll work with you to try and make it happen.


What we hope to achieve

As a result of taking part in Epilepsy Futures, we hope that people with epilepsy will:

  • Be more knowledgeable about their disease and will be more effective and confident partners in its management
  • Understand the importance of maintaining physical and mental health and will make positive lifestyle choices
  • Be better connected with their communities
  • Be empowered to demonstrate the benefits of self-management

A key part of Epilepsy Futures is that we will be looking to recruit and support “Peer mentors” from each 6-month course who will then act as supports for future participants, building the capacity of our service users to positively support others.

How do I find out more?

To have an initial chat about the programme contact the Epilepsy Futures coordinator on 0141 248 4125 or email pdale@epilepsyconnections.org.uk