Volunteers

The importance of volunteers

  Chief Executive Lesslie Young reflects on Volunteer’s Week and how important volunteers are to organisations like Epilepsy Scotland.


Man sleeping

Recovering from a seizure

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee, looks at some of the more common and lesser-known experiences after a seizure.


Two men and women on beach

Five tips to help improve your wellbeing

  This week is World Wellbeing Week. Our Helpline and Information Officer, Uschi Stickroth offers five tips which may help maintain or improve overall wellbeing.


Man feeling sad

Men’s Health Week: Men and epilepsy

  This week is Men’s Health Week. Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee looks at some of the issues frequently mentioned to us by men who are living with epilepsy or been newly diagnosed.


Volunteer

Volunteers Week: How I got involved with Epilepsy Scotland

  This week is Volunteers Week! All week, we will be talking to some of our fantastic volunteers asking them why they became a volunteer and what benefits they get from volunteering with Epilepsy Scotland. Today, Louise shares why she became a volunteer.


Seven summit

Why I have signed up to the Seven Summits Challenge

  Our Seven Summits Challenge takes place on Saturday 17 July. We have a great team of walkers signed up! This is the perfect urban challenge. You will discover hidden routes through Scotland’s beautiful capital city, enjoy views from seven of it’s surrounding hills including an extinct volcano!


Epilepsy

Free Let’s Talk Epilepsy session

  Join our training manager for an informal look at epilepsy. The group will start by identifying what topics would be of interest and there will be plenty opportunity to ask questions and share experiences.


Volunteer

Volunteers Week: Why I volunteer

  This week is Volunteers Week! All week we will be talking to some of our fantastic volunteers asking them why they became a volunteer and what benefits they get from volunteering with Epilepsy Scotland.  Kim shares why she became a volunteer with Epilepsy Scotland.


Epilepsy

#BeyondCovid – Looking to the future

  As National Epilepsy Week draws to a close, our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young, looks towards the future and how we must ensure services and support are provided in a way which best meets the needs of people with epilepsy.


Epilepsy

#BeyondCovid – Improving my mental health

  Chris shares his experiences of how he felt after being diagnosed with epilepsy, what impact the pandemic has had on him and his advice to someone who has been newly diagnosed with epilepsy.


Work

#BeyondCovid – Employment benefits

  The COVID-19 pandemic has seen many people unfortunately lose their job. Our Welfare Rights Officer, Tracey Millar provides some of the financial support you may be entitled to while looking for work.


COVID

#BeyondCovid – How the pandemic has affected me

  Katie was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was just 14 years old. Here Katie shares how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected her wellbeing, mental health and how Epilepsy Scotland’s wellbeing service has helped her.


Epilepsy

#BeyondCovid – Impact of Covid-19

  Jan’s son Peter has been living with epilepsy since he was young child. Here Jan explains how she felt when he was diagnosed, how the COVID-19 has impacted on him getting the support he needs and the benefits that Jan has received from Epilepsy Scotland’s check-in service.


Parents

Epilepsy: Impact on family life

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee, provides information to help parents deal with their child’s diagnosis of epilepsy.


Wellbeing garden

The SPIFOX Wellbeing Garden

  Lesslie Young, Chief Executive at Epilepsy Scotland announces an exciting new development at Epilepsy Scotland, the SPIFOX Wellbeing Garden.


COVID-19

Epilepsy and COVID-19… One year on

  Our Policy Assistant, Anna Telfer, reveals the results of our COVID-19 has been affecting people with epilepsy survey and provides information on our Epilepsy and COVID-19, One Year on Report.


Epilepsy Scotland

We are here for everyone affected by epilepsy

  Lesslie Young, Chief Executive at Epilepsy Scotland looks at the huge variety of reasons people contact Epilepsy Scotland. She also reminds you we are here for everyone affected by the condition, for whatever reason you need us.


Epilepsy

Don’t let epilepsy rule your life

  George was diagnosed with epilepsy 32 years ago. Here he shares how he felt when he was first diagnosed and what he would say to someone who was newly diagnosed.


Epilepsy

Epilepsy is more than seizures

  Cath was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 49. Here she shares how she felt when she was diagnosed and the challenges she has faced.


Social care

Beyond COVID: The social care crisis

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young, looks at how the new Scottish Government must respond to the crisis in social care, which has been brought into sharper light by the pandemic and create a National Care Service.


Epilepsy

Growing up whilst living with epilepsy

  Holly was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was just seven years old and has been living with epilepsy for 14 years. Here Holly shares her experiences of living with the condition.


Trustees

Joining Epilepsy Scotland as a trustee

  Epilepsy Scotland board member, Celia Brand, explains why she joined Epilepsy Scotland as a trustee and what she would say to someone who is looking to become a trustee.


Seizures

Seizures explained: Generalised seizures

  We continue our blog series looking at the different types of seizures. In this second part, our Helpline and Information Officer, Uschi Stickroth, focuses on generalised seizures. 


Purple Day

Purple Day founder: Cassidy Megan

  Today, 26 March is Purple Day! Cassidy Megan created Purple Day when she was just eight years old to help raise awareness of epilepsy. Here she tells us of her experiences of living with epilepsy and her future plans for Purple Day in the years to come.


Clothing

Raising money through own clothing brand

  Charlotte launched her own clothing brand earlier this year and let us know she would like to donate 50% of her profits to Epilepsy Scotland each month. We are delighted to have her support and here you can read about the journey she has been on to get to this point in her career!


Epilepsy

Being recently diagnosed with epilepsy

  Kevin has been recently diagnosed with epilepsy. Here he shares how he felt, the type of seizures he has and what he would say to someone who has also been recently diagnosed.


Purple Day

Fundraising focus: Raising awareness for Purple Day

  Our fantastic supporter, Ben, is helping raise awareness of epilepsy on Purple Day by getting 100 people to join him for two hours of body combat. Here he explains why he is raising awareness and raising money for Epilepsy Scotland.


COVID

“Because of Covid”

  Our Chief Executive Lesslie Young looks at the numerous ways the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affects those with disabilities and life-long conditions including epilepsy.


Lifeworks21

Lifeworks21: Art for Epilepsy Scotland

  We are incredibly grateful to former trustee, acclaimed artist and sculptor, Lesley Carruthers who from 13 March 2021 is donating 100% sales income from artworks to Epilepsy Scotland.


Fundraising

Fundraising focus: Raising money via online raffles

  Fundraising has changed dramatically over the last year and we are forever thankful to each and every one of our supporters who are constantly thinking of new ways to raise funds and awareness. This week, we speak to Naomi who has been busy organising online raffles with a group of her friends.