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Michael's Story

Meet Michael Adair

Michael is Epilepsy Scotland's resident social worker and he's based in our Edinburgh office. A typical day in Michael's working life shows how we can help people affected by epilepsy in Scotland. When you donate to us, your money can help us continue our vital services - like those Michael delivers to the many Scottish families who have benefited from his support.

Michael starts his day by walking his daughter to school and then cycles to work.

After his second cup of coffee for the day, he checks his emails and makes his first call. This time he agrees to meet a man at hospital, straight after his clinical appointment, for a chat and some further support.

Michael then contacts another family whose child has just been diagnosed with epilepsy. He spends a considerable amount of time on the phone talking them through the various issues arising from this news. As soon as he puts the phone down, he is contacted by a family whose child is supported by Epilepsy Scotland’s Choices Support Service. The family needs some urgent advice and Michael arranges to visit them later in the week.

Only an hour after arriving at the office, he has supervision with a social work student. She is spending a year training at Epilepsy Scotland under his careful guidance.

After lunch, Michael is then contacted by a woman who needs help with her Disability Living Allowance application. Michael helps her by talking through basic details on how to complete the application form.

The next hour is spent making calls and finalising arrangements for the teenage parenting workshop which is scheduled for the next day.

At 3.30pm he visits a family whose child has chronic sleep problems. Michael is a trained sleep counsellor, and he spends the next hour in their home listening to them and making suggestions to help improve the sleep issues for the whole family.

Michael’s last appointment for the day is back at the office with a family. He meets them for the first time and learns that their child feels isolated and has very low self-esteem and confidence because of his epilepsy. This young person is struggling in school and his family believe that he is depressed. The meeting is tearful - especially because they all feel their concerns have not been heard and that they have received no support. Michael suggests that their son joins in with Epilepsy Scotland’s Edinburgh youth group. He also discusses making a referral to social work services for an s23 assessment, and arranges further support for the whole family. They are pleased with the outcome of this meeting and are starting to feel a lot more positive about their situation.

At 6pm, Michael finally cycles home. It's cold but dry, and he is pleased to notice that he's got the wind behind him!