To state the obvious this is a period of great uncertainty for all. I totally understand where there is uncertainty, there is a level of anxiety.
The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 is yet unclear, and our priority now must be to ensure we continue to support people affected by epilepsy, whilst keeping our staff and volunteers as safe as possible.
My Senior Management Team, our Board of Directors and I are focused on implementing as much of the guidance offered by the experts as possible balanced with keeping our staff and volunteers as safe as possible and the charity running. My responsibility is to look after the wellbeing of all those working with Epilepsy Scotland, as well as the wellbeing of the organisation.
From Monday 23 March we will be operating a “skeleton” staff, ensuring a maximum of six, low-risk, staff members are working in our offices at any one time. The remaining staff have been equipped to work remotely.
Our face-to-face services are being adapted to be held remotely, where possible. All our group members have been contacted and informed of the alternative arrangements. We are being as proactive and innovative as possible in these unprecedented times to ensure we continue to be there for those who need us.
Epilepsy is much more than seizures. Epilepsy can lead to anxiety, depression and social isolation and in these extreme circumstances this may be heightened. We need to continue our services for those living with epilepsy now more than ever.
All major fundraising events have been cancelled or postponed until at least June 2020, potentially longer. This will have a massive impact on our income as we rely on voluntary, fundraised income to ensure delivery of our lifeline services.
There are several ways you can continue to support us to ensure that we can be there for those who need us during these challenging times, and beyond. Please contact our fundraising team for more information on how you can help.
I aim to keep you up to date on our service provision regularly as things progress. Please check our social media and website regularly for further information.
Thank you and keep well.
Lesslie Young, Chief Executive Officer