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Epilepsy Action has an extensive network of branches, coffee and chat groups and volunteers throughout the UK. These groups provide local support to people with epilepsy, their family and friends and professional carers.

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Coffee and chat groups

Coffee and chat groups are being set up all across the country. These give people living with epilepsy the chance to meet each other in ordinary venues like cafes, tea rooms and coffee shops. They offer a relaxed way to meet new people, share experiences and get information on how to learn more about epilepsy.


Run by volunteers, most branches hold regular meetings and offer a mixture of social events and informative talks and discussions.

For many people with active epilepsy a sense of isolation and a lack of understanding can be a problem. By coming along to a branch meeting people can talk to others who understand their circumstances. They can also help raise awareness of epilepsy in the local community. Find out more about our local branches:

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Raising epilepsy awareness in your area

We have a network of volunteers who are recruited and trained to deliver epilepsy awareness sessions to any organisation that would like to learn more about the condition. These volunteers can offer a thorough introduction to epilepsy to a range of audiences. They also provide information about where to get further advice and support for the condition.

Our  Local Services Managers and volunteers also run a series of awareness and information days across their areas. Sometimes they are run with a branch or group, often as a way of raising awareness and developing a new service in an area.

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I have noticed that all support groups are during the day.
My son works 9-5pm and is lucky to be holding down a job and living with epilepsy. We live in Brentwood Essex are there any evening run groups.
Many thanks

Submitted by sally miller on

Dear Sally
For meeting details near you in Brentwood, it would be best to contact Marie Edgar, our local services manager for the London and the south east. You can reach her by email, or phone 01708 479 536.

Best wishes
Epilepsy Action

Submitted by Sacha, Epilepsy... on

morning! i am looking to start up a support group for parents/people with epilepsy. could you help me in anyway. many thanks ashleigh smith washington tyne and wear

Submitted by ashleigh smith on

Hi Ashleigh... I'll get our local Tyne and Wear manager to get in touch with you.  Many thanks, Mark, Epilepsy Action

Submitted by Mark@Epilepsy Action on

Hiya, i have just moved up to inverness, i clicked on the link but cant seem to see any groups up here. Does anyone know of one that i just cant see?

Thanx in advance


Submitted by fiona mae on

Hello Fiona
Thanks for your comment. Epilepsy Action does not have branches in Scotland.  But  Epilepsy Scotland does, which may help. Please have a look at their site's page on groups:  www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk/support-group-details/info_50.html

Take care
Epilepsy Action

Submitted by Sacha, Epilepsy... on

I am interested in setting up a coffee morning for people with epilepsy and their families in the Catterick area North Yorkshire is there anyone who can advise or provide some guidance?

Submitted by Philippa Tomlinson on

I started having seizures last months and I now been diagnosed with non-epilepsy seizures. I live near Vauxhall station, London, is there any support group in or around my area?

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Submitted by SABRINA BENTICK on

Hi I’ve had 2 seizures and I’m currently on lamotrigine and reducing keppra - I’m looking to get back to work and was wondering does anyone work a 12 hr night shift in a factory ( metal ) if so how long and have you had any more seizures

Submitted by Gavin on

Hi, I've had a look but there are no coffee meetings, events, etc. In North Devon. Is there any chance there will be one set up at all? I'm happy to help and volunteer, it's my girlfriend that has epilepsy and she's feeling very cut off and does not know anyone else with it. If anyone is interested or wants to chat then let me know!

Submitted by Caillin spain on

I live in Gloucestershire looking for a support group my 18yr old newly diagnosed with epilepsy, struggling to cope and he is now depressed

Submitted by Susan ramsey on

Hi Susan,

At the moment, our nearest groups are in Hereford and Worcester.  I hope they are of use.

Best wishes, Mark, Epilepsy Action

Submitted by Mark@Epilepsy Action on