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Waitrose offers Epilepsy Scotland placement partnership

Added: 18 August 2016, 12:52

Regular customers at Waitrose in Helensburgh may have noticed a new recruit replenishing the shelves.  Sophie Taylor, aged 23, joined the staff team on a three week placement arranged by Epilepsy Scotland.
This is the first time that the national epilepsy charity and Waitrose have collaborated on a placement scheme.
Waitrose Helensburgh’s Partner Co-ordination Manager, Colin Taylor, said: 
“We worked with Epilepsy Scotland to design a placement that would help someone with a common neurological condition to learn about working in a busy supermarket environment.
“We not only want to help Sophie increase her self-confidence, but ensure our Partners become more aware of the challenges faced by people with epilepsy.”
Asked about her placement, Sophie Taylor remarked:
 “I’ve found it very interesting and I’m getting used to the work.  The Waitrose Helensburgh staff are very friendly and supportive.  It’s been a really good experience and I’d do it again in a minute.”
Epilepsy Scotland’s Chief Executive, Lesslie Young, said: 
“We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with Waitrose in Helensburgh to pilot a placement scheme for young adults with epilepsy.  We applaud this Waitrose team for their sensitive approach in matching the needs of the store with the competencies of a trainee with epilepsy.  It may be that the success of this venture will lead other Waitrose stores and supermarkets to develop local placements that reflect best practice for epilepsy.”
Notes to editor
1. 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 the 55,000 people with epilepsy, their families and carers.  Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers support and information.  People can email (, text 07786 209501, find us on facebook, use twitter@epilepsy_scot or visit:
2. Waitrose has seven branches in Scotland: Morningside and Comely Bank in Edinburgh; Byres Road, Glasgow; Newton Mearns; Milngavie; Helensburgh and Stirling. 
3. Epilepsy Scotland offers a best practice certificate to organisations and workplaces which follow the legal requirements of current disability and equality employment legislation.  The application form contains further recommended best practice covering the medical history of applicants, the assessment of a driving licence for vacant posts, epilepsy prejudice or discrimination policies, and epilepsy awareness training for staff.  Full details at:
For more details please contact:
Allana Parker, Public Affairs Officer on: 0141 427 4911 or 07884 012147
Colin Taylor, Waitrose Partner Co-ordination Manager on : 01436 675533