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Coronavirus - our support for you

We appreciate this a worrying and uncertain time – we want you to know that we’re here for you. We are keeping our services open and available as best we can for those who need them.

Epilepsy Action is monitoring closely developments relating to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are updating our advice and information regularly to make sure it is accurate and up to date.

Advice and information about coronavirus

We have produced some guidance on coronavirus and epilepsy and answered some of your most frequently asked questions. At the moment, there is no evidence that having epilepsy alone makes people more likely to catch coronavirus or have more severe symptoms.

We are in daily contact with the Department of Health and Social Care in the UK. We are updating our information on coronavirus for people with epilepsy frequently so please check back regularly.

Support with your epilepsy

If you would like to talk to someone about your epilepsy or any worries you might have, our trained advisers are here to help. We offer confidential and personal advice and you can tell us as much or as little as you want. Please call the Epilepsy Action Helpline on 0808 800 5050. At this time the Epilepsy Action Helpline continues to be available during its normal published hours.

We offer support through forum4e, a free online community for people with epilepsy and carers of people with epilepsy. Our Facebook page is also very active.

You may also find Epilepsy Action Learning useful. We have a range of online courses and learning resources to help you understand more about epilepsy. You can work at your own pace and at a time that suits you.

Event cancellations

The Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k, due to take place on Sunday 15 March, was cancelled. This event will now take place on Sunday 6 September. All runners and volunteers have been notified.

All planned Epilepsy Action epilepsy awareness training sessions have been postponed. These will be rescheduled at a later date. For any queries, please email awareness@epilepsy.org.uk

The Epilepsy – looking to the future conference in Northern Ireland on Saturday 4 April has been postponed. We will confirm a new date as soon as possible. For any queries, please email lso@epilepsy.org.uk

The Epilepsy My Family and Me event in Northern Ireland on Saturday 14 June has been postponed. We will confirm a new date as soon as possible. For any queries, please email lso@epilepsy.org.uk

Branches and coffee and chat groups

Based on current guidance all local branch and group meetings and activities have been suspended. There will be no meetings until further notice. We realise that many people rely on their group meetings and activities for information and support. Please do make use of the Epilepsy Action helpline for information and support as an alternative if you need to while these meetings are not taking place.

We will update you on any developments to group activity guidance.

Epilepsy Action staff and office

Epilepsy Action takes the health and safety of its staff seriously and has put in place plans to minimise risks to the health of our staff while continuing to support our beneficiaries and supporters.

Our offices are now closed and the majority of our staff are working from home. Staff will continue to receive emails, answer calls and provide support. Post is being collected daily if you write to us. The Epilepsy Action Helpline will continue to be available during its normal hours.

There will be some delay in posting items out that have been ordered as we will only be sending out orders once per week. Please bear with us for any delays.

Stay engaged with us

We will be posting updates about the latest developments here as soon as we can. This will include updates about our services. So please check back regularly to see what’s new. You can also stay engaged with us through the usual social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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