Every year the Health and Social Care Alliance (“The Alliance”) run a week in early October to promote good and innovative self management across Scotland.

The highlight of this week is the annual Self Management Awards, held this year on 3rd October in the Scottish Parliament.

We submitted nominations for a number of people involved with Epilepsy Futures and the wider organisation here at Epilepsy Connections, and are delighted to have been short listed for the following categories

  • Self Management Project of the Year – Epilepsy Futures – Public Vote
  • Year of Young People – Patrick Taylor, Graduate of Epilepsy Futures Group 1 – Judged by a panel
  • Year of Young People – Forth Valley Young People’s Support Group – Judged by a panel

The organisation is delighted that all the hard work and commitment of all involved over the last year has been acknowledged in this way. Most of the work that takes place on Epilepsy Futures is ‘invisible’, so for others to appreciate the holistic potential and aims at the heart of the program is really special.

It means a great deal to not only Epilepsy Connections, but also the many participants that we have met and supported since Epilepsy Futures began in November 2017, this extends to our Peer Mentors who are an integral part of the process, having taking part in the program themselves, and have the opportunity to support those currently on their own journey with the program.

The photographs In this post show a selection of some of the fun, challenging activities people have undertaken.



The “Year of Young People” award will be decided by a panel of judges, and if you want to read more about the amazing things that Patrick Taylor has achieved you might want to read the recent post  “Patrick Taylor – Game Changer”

Patrick’s life has literally been changed by his involvement with Epilepsy Futures!

However, Epilepsy Futures is in a category that will be decided by public vote and we need your help.


If you feel that the project deserves to win, it takes just a few seconds to click on This Link  and cast your vote for “Epilepsy Futures” – we would be very grateful.

Individuals can vote once per day right up to the closing date, 5pm on 21st September.

You can find out much more about Epilepsy Futures by exploring the blog further. Enjoy!


Peter Dale