Steven Parliament 30th April 1

Steven Connelly at the public entrance to the Scottish Parliament

Another packed week ahead for Group 2 of Epilepsy Futures, which marks the end of the induction phase of their six month block.

Today, we have a “Memory Workshop”, facilitated by Sam Whitmore (Training and Development Manager) giving participants an insight into why memory is such an issue for people who have epilepsy, and helping people to share tips and strategies to work round this.

On Wednesday we head to City of Glasgow College on Cathedral Street, for a tour round the building and a chance to chat with staff about course options, supports and help with fees.

Then on Thursday we are going on a day trip to the Scottish Parliament, to attend a tour of the building and sit in on First Ministers questions. We’d like to thank Sandra White (MSP)  and her staff for organising this on our behalf. You may remember that Sandra came to meet with members of Group one, for “Purple Day” on 26th March.


Epilepsy Futures Group one with Sandra White, second from left front row


Looking ahead, we have some exciting new developments in the coming couple of months, with a block of sessions on self-esteem, assertiveness and dealing with anxiety and low mood.

My fieldwork colleague Heather Davies and I will starting a six week pilot programme of relaxation and meditation sessions from 5th July, based on feedback from the group about what might interest them.

We will also be evaluating how things are going so far, and figuring out the best use of the peer mentors in supporting the group going forward over the next phase of their programme, as they consider community based activities of interest to them.

Most exciting of all, Steven Connelly and I are working together on some blogging sessions, to encourage members of this group in thinking how they can capture their own journey through Epilepsy Futures.

Watch this space!

Peter Dale