A lifeline close to home
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.
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:
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.