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Epilepsy Weekend for All - Southend-on-Sea, Essex 2014

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Epilepsy Weekend for All - Southend-on-Sea, Essex 2014

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Event Date: 
Saturday 1 November 2014 - 09:00
Park Inn Hotel, Church Road, Southend-on-Sea , Essex, SS1 2AL, United Kingdom

Are you or your family affected by epilepsy? Would you like to find out more about the condition? Would you like to meet others with epilepsy in a warm and friendly environment? If so, the Epilepsy Weekend for All could be the event for you!

The event, now in it's third year, is for everyone affected by epilepsy, from anywhere in the UK, and it will include a variety of activities, workshops, information and social activities suitable for all ages. The weekend aims to provide help and support to anyone living with the condition.

Booking has now closed for the event

Living with epilepsy

Through workshops and discussion sessions, we will be looking at some of the many ways epilepsy can affect daily life. There will also be opportunities to chat with epilepsy professionals over a coffee. Topics will include:

  • Planning a family – pregnancy and parenting
  • Parents and carers – the challenges and joys of living with epilepsy
  • Adults – diagnosis and treatment, relationships, social life, achieving potential and managing risk
  • Ketogenic diet – find out more about this epilepsy treatment
  • Managing epilepsy – memory, mindfulness, coping with stress, sleeping well and medication issues

The Epilepsy Weekend for All Challenge

The challenge for young people over the weekend is to work together and support each other to create films, graphics, music and drama. Working with multi-media professionals you will learn new skills as you share your thoughts and feelings about epilepsy. You can choose from these options:

  • Drama – exploring living with epilepsy through performance
  • Podcasting – interviewing and recording
  • Graphics – designing and printing
  • Photography and videography – capturing your imagination
  • Editing for audio and video
  • DJ – mixing your choice of sounds

Information and discussion sessions for young people       

  • For teenagers – relationships, alcohol, getting out and about safely, education, work...and play
  • Siblings – a chance to share experiences

Also at the 2014 Epilepsy Weekend for All

  • Relax and enjoy a clothed massage
  • Family disco and karaoke
  • Keep in touch – photo wall and contact envelopes
  • Halloween fun – apple bobbing and snap apple
  • Creche
  • Face painting

Hotel facilities at the Park Inn at Radisson Palace include:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting and activity rooms
  • Fully equipped fitness centre
  • IT suite
  • Ballroom
  • Parking
  • Lounge, cafe, restaurant and bar

What previous attendees have said about the Epilepsy Weekend for All

“The weekend was my first time away from home alone. Being there gave me the confidence to volunteer for the Commonwealth Games in my home town, Glasgow.”    

“We had never left our daughter with anyone before, because of her seizures but your volunteers were so knowledgeable and confident.  We now feel part of the Epilepsy Action family.  Thank you.”

 “We came back again … Within two weeks of being here last year we were all sleeping in our own beds for the first time in two years.  My daughter brought her school friend this time so that she can find out more – last year she would not talk to anyone about her epilepsy…”

Contact Name: 
Marie Edgar
Contact Number: 
01708 479536

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