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.


How did you get involved with Epilepsy Scotland?

I had seen on their website they were seeking volunteers, so in December 2020 I reached out through email, and it went from there!


Why did you decide to become a volunteer?

When I was diagnosed, I distinctly remember feeling isolated and uncertain. I was frustrated at the lack of real-life stories of how people continue to tackle difficult situations, as I felt that that was all I faced.

Now that I am somewhat settled in my life, I would like to contribute exactly that back to the community.


Can you give some examples of what your volunteering has involved?

I currently support the team on their Facebook Support Group page, and I will hopefully be involved in some other projects.

Once face-to-face events can take place, I’m keen to get underway with events through the event planning committee.


What has been the best part of volunteering with Epilepsy Scotland?

I haven’t been volunteering for Epilepsy Scotland for long, but the community and supporting each other has always been the best part of the community.

I really look forward to in-person meet-ups being able to take place, so that we can share stories and find support, especially for those who really need it.


What would you say to someone who is looking to be a volunteer for Epilepsy Scotland?

Go for it – always. This year, for me, has very much been about going outside of my comfort zone, which is terrifying but also takes me to some great places.

Through volunteering I’ve met some wonderful people, and I can’t wait to see where else volunteering takes me.

If you would like to volunteer for Epilepsy Scotland, please email our Fundraising and Volunteer Coordinator, Linzi Donald at ldonald@epilepsyscotland.org.uk or call 0141 427 4911.